121+ Best Joseph Stalin Quotes: Exclusive Selection

Joseph Vissarionovich Stalin was a Georgian revolutionary and Soviet politician who led the Soviet Union from the mid–1920s until 1953 as the general secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union and premier of the Soviet Union. Profoundly inspirational Joseph Stalin quotes will challenge the way you think, change the way you live and transform your whole life.

Famous Joseph Stalin Quotes

It is enough that the people know there was an election. The people who cast the votes decide nothing. The people who count the votes decide everything. – Joseph Stalin

Everybody has a right to be stupid, but some people abuse the privilege. – Joseph Stalin

Obviously these [white-guard] emigres enjoy the right of asylum existing also in the U.S. So far as we are concerned we would never tolerate a single terrorist in our territory regardless against whom he would contemplate his crimes. Apparently the right of asylum receives broader interpretation in the U.S.A. than in our country. – Joseph Stalin

You do not lament the loss of hair of one who has been beheaded. – Joseph Stalin

Hitlers come and go, but Germany and the German people remain. – Joseph Stalin

Is it possible, then, to doubt that we can and must gain victory over the German invaders? The enemy is not as strong as some terror-stricken pseudo-intellectuals picture him. The devil is not as terrible as he is painted. – Joseph Stalin

We do not want a single foot of foreign territory; but of our territory we shall not surrender a single inch to anyone. – Joseph Stalin

I have in mind repeated statements by Japanese military men containing threats against other states. – Joseph Stalin

As you can see, even when [Adolf] Hitler desires to speak for peace, he cannot dispense with threats. This is symptomatic. – Joseph Stalin

The situation is that in Germany capitalism has remained, classes and class struggle have remained which all the same will break into the open, which includes also the field of struggle of parties representing opposing classes just as it broke through in, let us say, Spain. – Joseph Stalin

A certain inequality in regard to property still exists in a socialist society. But in a socialist society there is no unemployment, no exploitation, no oppression of nationalities. – Joseph Stalin

Each position, each metre of the Soviet territory must be stubbornly defended, to the last drop of blood. We must cling to every inch of Soviet soil and defend it to the end! – Joseph Stalin

History shows that when a state is intent upon making war against another state, even though not adjacent, it begins to seek frontiers across which it could reach the frontiers of the state which it desires to attack. Usually, the aggressive state finds that frontier. – Joseph Stalin

Bukharin’s a swine and surely worse than a swine because he thinks it below his dignity to write a couple of lines. – Joseph Stalin

Only when we succeed in creating such an order under which people receive for their labor from the society not according to the quantity and quality of labor, but according to their needs, will it be possible to say that we have built up a communist society. – Joseph Stalin

We have not yet built a communist society.It is not so easy to build such a society. – Joseph Stalin

Marxists have more than once pointed out that the capitalist world economic system contains in itself the seeds of a general crisis and of warlike clashes. – Joseph Stalin

Yes, the electoral struggle [in U.S.S.R.] will be animated. It will proceed around numerous very sharp questions, namely, practical questions having first-rate significance for the people. – Joseph Stalin

In what do the activities of the Communist Parties consist? In what ways can they manifest themselves? These activities usually consist in the organization of working masses, in organizing meetings, demonstrations, strikes, etc. It is absolutely clear that American Communists cannot perform this in Soviet territory. The American workers are not in the U.S.S.R. – Joseph Stalin

This war is not an ordinary war. It is the war of the entire Russian people. Not only to eliminate the danger hanging over our heads, but to aid all people groaning under the yoke of Fascism – Joseph Stalin

We desire to give the Soviet people absolute liberty of voting for those they desire to elect, those whom they trust to ensure their interests. – Joseph Stalin

In the U.S.S.R. anti-semitism is punishable with the utmost severity of the law as a phenomenon deeply hostile to the Soviet system. Under U.S.S.R. law active anti-semites are liable to the death penalty. – Joseph Stalin

Those who vote decide nothing. Those who count the vote decide everything. – Joseph Stalin

Revolution, the substitution of one social system for another, has always been a struggle, a painful and a cruel struggle, a life and death struggle. – Joseph Stalin

A sincere diplomat is like dry water or wooden iron. – Joseph Stalin

Each country, if it so desires, will make its own revolution. And if no such desire exists, no revolution will occur. – Joseph Stalin

Ours is a just cause; victory will be ours! – Joseph Stalin

I know that after my death a pile of rubbish will be heaped on my grave, but the wind of History will sooner or later sweep it away without mercy. – Joseph Stalin

music’s a good thing, it calm the beast in the man. – Joseph Stalin

Everyone imposes his own system as far as his army can reach. – Joseph Stalin

The Red Army and Navy and the whole Soviet people must fight for every inch of Soviet soil, fight to the last drop of blood for our towns and villages…onward, to victory! – Joseph Stalin

You cannot make a revolution with silk gloves. – Joseph Stalin

Remember how the first world war broke out. It broke out as a result of the desire to redivide the world. – Joseph Stalin

In war I would deal with the Devil and his grandmother – Joseph Stalin

Mankind is divided into rich and poor, into property owners and exploited; and to abstract oneself from this fundamental division; and from the antagonism between poor and rich means abstracting oneself from fundamental facts. – Joseph Stalin

American Communists have the opportunity to preach freely their ideas. It would be absolutely wrong to hold the Soviet government responsible for activities of the American Communists. – Joseph Stalin

Admittedly communism has not been achieved in Russia. State socialism has been built. – Joseph Stalin

Have not fascism in Italy and National Socialism in Germany claimed that they have attained similar results [as in U.S.S.R.]? Have not both been achieved at the price of privation and personal liberty sacrificed for the good of the state? – Joseph Stalin

The writer is the engineer of the human soul. – Joseph Stalin

Nowadays wars are not declared. They simply start. – Joseph Stalin

Gaiety is the most outstanding feature of the Soviet Union. – Joseph Stalin

I consider it completely unimportant who in the party will vote, or how; but what is extraordinarily important is this – who will count the votes, and how. – Joseph Stalin

Our Red Army now needs IL-2 aircraft like the air it breathes, like the bread it eats. – Joseph Stalin

Writers are the engineers of human souls. – Joseph Stalin

Artillery is the god of war. – Joseph Stalin

We believe that the Anarchists are real enemies of Marxism. – Joseph Stalin

It’s not the people who vote that count. It’s the people who count the votes. – Joseph Stalin

It is difficult for me to imagine what “personal liberty” is enjoyed by an unemployed hungry person. True freedom can only be where there is no exploitation and oppression of one person by another; where there is not unemployment, and where a person is not living in fear of losing his job, his home and his bread. Only in such a society personal and any other freedom can exist for real and not on paper. – Joseph Stalin

The death of one man is tragic, but the death of thousands is statistic. – Joseph Stalin

When there’s a person, there’s a problem. When there’s no person, there’s no problem. Josef Stalin – Joseph Stalin

Divide the world into regional groups as a transitional stage to world government. Populations will more readily abandon their national loyalty to a vague regional loyalty than they will for a world authority. Later the regions can be brought together all the way into a single world dictatorship. – Joseph Stalin

The press must grow day in and day out – it is our Party’s sharpest and most powerful weapon. – Joseph Stalin

Great Britain provided time; the United States provided money and Soviet Russia provided blood. – Joseph Stalin

It is not heroes that make history, but history that makes heroes. – Joseph Stalin

Education is a weapon the effect of which is determined by the hands which wield it, by who is to be struck down. – Joseph Stalin

To choose one’s victims, to prepare one’s plan minutely, to slake an implacable vengeance, and then to go to bed… There is nothing sweeter in the world. – Joseph Stalin

This creature softened my heart of stone. She died and with her died my last warm feelings for humanity. – Joseph Stalin

By May, 1st, 1937, there should not be one single church left within the borders of Soviet Russia, and the idea of God will have been banished from the Soviet Union as a remnant of the Middle Ages, which has been used for the purpose of oppressing the working classes. – Joseph Stalin

Voters decide nothing. Vote counters decide everything! – Joseph Stalin

In speaking of the capitalists who strive only for profit, only to get rich, I do not want to say that these are the most worthless people capable of doing nothing else. Many of them undoubtedly possess great organising talent, which I would not dream of denying. We Soviet people learn a lot from the capitalists. But if you mean people who are prepared to reconstruct the world, of course you will not be able to find them in the ranks of those who faithfully serve the cause of profit. ..The capitalist is riveted in profit and nothing can tear him away from it. – Joseph Stalin

The United States should get rid of its militias. – Joseph Stalin

The only real power comes out of a long rifle. – Joseph Stalin

I believe in one thing only, the power of human will. – Joseph Stalin

If the opposition disarms, well and good. If it refuses to disarm, we shall disarm it ourselves. – Joseph Stalin

I trust no one, not even myself. – Joseph Stalin

Die, but do not retreat. – Joseph Stalin

Nobody respects a country with a poor army, but everybody respects a country with a good army. I raise my toast to the Finnish army – Joseph Stalin

World dictatorship can be established only when the victory of socialism has been achieved in certain countries or groups of countries … [and] when these federation of republics have finally grown into a world union of Soviet Socialist Republics uniting the whole of mankind under the hegemony of the international proletariat organized as a state. – Joseph Stalin

Death is the solution to all problems. No man – no problem. – Joseph Stalin

Death solves all problems – no man, no problem. – Joseph Stalin

Print is the sharpest and the strongest weapon of our party. – Joseph Stalin

If any foreign minister begins to defend to the death a ‘peace conference,’ you can be sure his government has already placed its orders for new battleships and airplanes. – Joseph Stalin

In the Soviet army it takes more courage to retreat than advance. – Joseph Stalin

The Pope? How many divisions has he got? – Joseph Stalin

We don’t let them have ideas. Why would we let them have guns? – Joseph Stalin

The people who cast the votes don’t decide an election, the people who count the votes do. – Joseph Stalin

When we hang the capitalists they will sell us the rope – Joseph Stalin

Sincere diplomacy is no more possible than dry water or wooden iron – Joseph Stalin

One death is a tragedy. A million deaths is a statistic – Joseph Stalin

Ideas are far more powerful than guns. We don’t allow our enemies to have guns, why should we allow them to have ideas? – Joseph Stalin

I was never a child who was sitting on his lap. – Joseph Stalin

What place does the possibility of a second front occupy in the Soviet estimates of the current situation? A most important place; one might say a place a first-rate importance – Joseph Stalin

I want a new invincible human being, insensitive to pain, resistant and indifferent about the quality of food they eat. – Joseph Stalin

No revolution can be made with silk gloves. – Joseph Stalin

There are on occasions, as we know, when resources are abundant, but they are expended so incompetently that the advantage is nullified. – Joseph Stalin

What would happen if capital succeeded in smashing the Republic of Soviets? There would set in an era of the blackest reaction in all the capitalist and colonial countries, the working class and the oppressed peoples would be seized by the throat, the positions of international communism would be lost. – Joseph Stalin

The art of leadership is a serious matter. One must not lag behind a movement, because to do so is to become isolated from the masses. But one must not rush ahead, for to rush ahead is to lose contact with the masses. He who wished to lead a movement must conduct a fight on two fronts–against those who lag behind and those who rush ahead. – Joseph Stalin

It is not the voters who count, but those who count the votes. – Joseph Stalin

The rich experience of history teaches that up to now not a single class has voluntarily made way for another class. – Joseph Stalin

The people will always attempt to find the positive aspects of all circumstances, which, in themselves, are not susceptible to danger. – Joseph Stalin

It doesn’t matter who they vote for, they always vote for us… – Joseph Stalin

Leninism is Marxism of the era of imperialism and the proletarian revolution. – Joseph Stalin

The Jews are not a nation! – Joseph Stalin

Having consolidated its power, and taking the lead of the peasantry, the proletariat of the victorious country can and must build a socialist society. – Joseph Stalin

Political power does not rest with those who cast votes; political power rests with those who count votes. – Joseph Stalin

We secured peace for our country for one and a half years, as well as an opportunity of preparing our forces for defense if fascist Germany risked attacking our country in defiance of the pact. This was a definite gain to our country and a loss for fascist Germany. – Joseph Stalin

When you chop wood, splinters fly – Joseph Stalin

There are no fortresses that Bolsheviks cannot storm. – Joseph Stalin

Mr. Churchill, Mr. Prime Minister, how many divisions did you say that the pope had? – Joseph Stalin

Anti-Semitism, as an extreme form of racial chauvinism, is the most dangerous vestige of cannibalism. – Joseph Stalin

Personel selection is decisive. People are our most valuable capital. – Joseph Stalin

This war is not as in the past; whoever occupies a territory also imposes on it his own social system. Everyone imposes his own system as far as his army can reach. It cannot be otherwise. If now there is not a communist government in Paris, this is only because Russia has no an army which can reach Paris in 1945. – Joseph Stalin

Of all the treasures a state can possess, the human lives of its citizens are for us the most precious. – Joseph Stalin

You know, they are fooling us, there is no God. – Joseph Stalin

Farmers present by themselves the basic force of the national movement. Without farmers there can be no strong national movement. This is what we mean when we say that the nationalist question, is actually, the farmers’ question. – Joseph Stalin

You can’t make an omelette without breaking eggs. – Joseph Stalin

Take some exercise, try to recover the look of a human being. – Joseph Stalin

How do you expect the Germans to revolt when they don’t even dare walk on the grass? – Joseph Stalin

Quanity has it’s own quality. – Joseph Stalin

There is no doubt that the adsence of a second front in Europe considerably relieves the position of the German army. – Joseph Stalin

At this point the question of Ukraine is the most important. The situation in Ukraine is very bad. If we don’t take steps now to improve the situation, we may lose Ukraine. The objective should be to transform Ukraine , in the shortest period of time, into a real fortress of the U.S.S.R. – Joseph Stalin

Gratitude is a sickness suffered by dogs. – Joseph Stalin

A man’s eyes should be torn out if he can only see the past – Joseph Stalin

We are fifty or a hundred years behind the advanced countries. We must make good this distance in ten years. Either we do it, or they will crush us. – Joseph Stalin

When one person dies, it’s a tragedy, but when a million people die, it’s a statistic. – Joseph Stalin

The production of souls is more important than the production of tanks…. And therefore I raise my glass to you, writers, the engineers of the human soul. – Joseph Stalin

Undoubtedly, our path is not of the easiest; but, just as undoubtedly, we are not to be frightened by difficulties. Paraphrasing from the well-known words of Luther, Russia might say: ‘Here I stand on the frontier between the old, capitalist world and the new, socialist world. Here on this frontier I unite the efforts of the proletarians of the West and of the peasantry of the East in order to shatter the old world. May the god of history be my aid! – Joseph Stalin

It takes a brave man to be a coward in the Red Army. – Joseph Stalin

Words are one thing – deeds something entirely different. Fine words are a mask to cover shady deeds. A sincere diplomat is like dry water or wooden iron. – Joseph Stalin

The leaders come and go, but the people remain. Only the people are immortal. – Joseph Stalin

In the future, there will be fewer but better Russians. – Joseph Stalin

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