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

 

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Experience has taught me that the shallowest of communist platitudes contains more of a hierarchy of meaning than contemporary bourgeois profundity.
~ Walter Benjamin

 

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Communism is like one big phone company.
~ Lenny Bruce

 

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

 

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

 

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The substance of the eminent Socialist gentlemen's speech is that making a profit is a sin. It is my belief that the real sin is taking a loss!
~ Winston Churchill

 

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The terrible thing is that one cannot be a Communist and not let oneself in for the shameful act of recantation. One cannot be a Communist and preserve an iota of one's personal integrity.
~ Milovan Djilas

 

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There is nothing in socialism that a little age or a little money will not cure.
~ William J. Durant

 

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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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What is a Communist? One who has yearnings for equal division of unequal earnings.
~ Ebenezer Elliot

 

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You'll see certain Pythagorean whose belief in communism of property goes to such lengths that they pick up anything lying about unguarded, and make off with it without a qualm of conscience as if it had come to them by law.
~ Desiderius Erasmus

 

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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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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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Communism, my friend, is more than Marxism, just as Catholicism is more than the Roman Curia. There is a mystique as well as a politick. Catholics and Communists have committed great crimes, but at least they have not stood aside, like an established society, and been indifferent. I would rather have blood on my hands than water like Pilate.
~ Graham Greene

 

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Communism has never come to power in a country that was not disrupted by war or corruption, or both.
~ John F. Kennedy

 

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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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Communism is Soviet power plus the electrification of the whole country.
~ Vladimir Ilyich Lenin

 

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Under socialism all will govern in turn and will soon become accustomed to no one governing.
~ Vladimir Ilyich Lenin

 

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Communism is the opiate of the intellectuals [With] no cure except as a guillotine might be called a cure for dandruff.
~ Clare Boothe Luce

 

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