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Science Quotes by Leon Trotsky (8 quotes)

Art, it is said, is not a mirror, but a hammer: it does not reflect, it shapes.
— Leon Trotsky
In Literature and Revolution, (1924).
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Civilization has made the peasantry its pack animal. The bourgeoisie in the long run only changed the form of the pack.
— Leon Trotsky
In History of the Russian Revolution (1933), Vol. 3, Chap. 1.
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If we had had more time for discussing we should probably have made a great many more mistakes.
— Leon Trotsky
In My Life (1930).
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It is clear that the twentieth century is the most disturbed century within the memory of humanity. Any contemporary of ours who wants peace and comfort above all has chosen a bad time to be born.
— Leon Trotsky
In 'On the New Germany', Manchester Guardian (22 Mar 1933). Also seen paraphrased as, “Anyone desiring a quiet life has done badly to be born in the twentieth century.”
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Not believing in force is the same thing as not believing in gravitation.
— Leon Trotsky
As quoted in G. Maximov, The Guillotine at Work (1940).
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Old age is the most unexpected of all things that happen to a man.
— Leon Trotsky
Diary entry (8 May 1936), collected in Diary in Exile (1959).
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Where force is necessary, there it must be applied boldly, decisively and completely. But one must know the limitations of force; one must know when to blend force with a manoeuvre, a blow with an agreement.
— Leon Trotsky
In What Next? (1932).
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You [the Mensheviks] are pitiful isolated individuals; you are bankrupts; your role is played out. Go where you belong from now on—into the dustbin of history!
— Leon Trotsky
In History of the Russian Revolution (1933), Vol. 3, Chap. 10.
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