Stalin seeks to strike, not at the ideas of his opponent, but at his skull.
Leon Trotsky Quotes
If we had had more time for discussion, we probably would have made a great many more mistakes.
There is a limit to the application of democratic methods. You can inquire of all the passengers as to what type of car they like to ride in, but it is impossible to question them as to whether to apply the brakes when the train is at full speed and accident threatens.
Lenin’s method leads to this: the party organization at first substitutes itself for the party as a whole. Then the central committee substitutes itself for the party organization, and finally a single dictator substitutes himself for the central committee.
Old age is the most unexpected of all things that happen to a man.