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For us in Russia communism is a dead dog. For many people in the West, it is still a living lion.
~ Alexander Solzhenitsyn

 

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I am a communist because I believe that the Communist idea is a state form of Christianity.
~ Alexander Zhuravlyov

 

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I am a Communist, a convinced Communist! For some that may be a fantasy. But to me it is my main goal.
~ Mikhail Gorbachev

 

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I am a Marxist... of the Groucho tendency.
~ Anonymous

 

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I have no concern with any economic criticisms of the communist system; I cannot inquire into whether the abolition of private property is expedient or advantageous. But I am able to recognize that the psychological premisses on which the system is based are an untenable illusion. In abolishing private property we deprive the human love of aggression of one of its instruments... but we have in no way altered the differences in power and influence which are misused by aggressiveness.
~ Sigmund Freud

 

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In a higher phase of communist society... only then can the narrow horizon of bourgeois right be fully left behind and society inscribe on its banners: from each according to his ability, to each according to his needs.
~ Karl Marx

 

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In the end we beat them with Levi 501 jeans. Seventy-two years of Communist indoctrination and propaganda was drowned out by a three-ounce Sony Walkman. A huge totalitarian system has been brought to its knees because nobody wants to wear Bulgarian shoes. Now they're lunch, and we're number one on the planet.
~ P. J. O'Rourke

 

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It is a socialist idea that making profits is a vice; I consider the real vice is making losses.
~ Winston Churchill

 

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Let's not talk about Communism. Communism was just an idea, just pie in the sky.
~ Boris Yeltsin

 

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Man will become immeasurably stronger, wiser, and subtler; his body will become more harmonious, his movements more rhythmic, his voice more musical. The forms of life will become dynamically dramatic. The average human type will rise to the heights of an Aristotle, a Goethe, or a Marx. And above these heights, new peaks will rise.
~ Leon Trotsky

 

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Many people consider the things government does for them to be social progress, but they consider the things government does for others as socialism.
~ Earl Warren

 

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Many people feel empty, a world that seemed so strong just collapsed. Forty years have been wasted on stupid strife for the sake of an unsuccessful experiment. The values gathered together have vanished, the strategies for survival have become ridiculous. And so forty years of our lives have become a story, a bad anecdote. But it may be possible to remember these adventures with a kind of irony.
~ George Konrad

 

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One strength of the communist system of the East is that it has some of the character of a religion and inspires the emotions of a religion.
~ Albert Einstein

 

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Our fear that Communism might some day take over most of the world blinds us to the fact that anti-communism already has.
~ Anonymous

 

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Russian Communism is the illegitimate child of Karl Marx and Catherine the Great.
~ Clement Attlee

 

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Socialism is a vast machine for churning out piles of goods marked ''Take it or leave it. ''
~ Arthur Seldon

 

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Socialism is like a dream. Sooner or later you wake up to reality.
~ Winston Churchill

 

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Socialism must come down from the brain and reach the heart.
~ Jules Renard

 

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Socialists think profits are a vice; I consider losses the real vice.
~ Winston Churchill

 

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The ''Communism'' of the English intellectual is something explicable enough. It is the patriotism of the deracinated.
~ George Orwell

 

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