Joseph Stalin quotes

Born
18 December 1878 Gori, Tiflis Governorate, Caucasus Viceroyalty, Russian Empire.

Died
5 March 1953.

Occupation
Dictator.

Joseph Stalin was a Soviet revolutionary and politician of Georgian ethnicity. Governing the Soviet Union from the mid-1920s until his death in 1953, he served as General Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union from 1922 to 1952 and as Premier of the Soviet Union from 1941 to 1953.

Gratitude is a sickness suffered by dogs.
– Joseph Stalin

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

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

Education is a weapon whose effects depend on who holds it in his hands and at whom it is aimed.
– Joseph Stalin

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

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

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

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

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

The death of one man is a tragedy. The death of millions is a statistic.
– Joseph Stalin

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

History shows that there are no invincible armies.
– Joseph Stalin

One death is a tragedy; one million is a statistic.
– Joseph Stalin

The Pope? How many divisions has he got?
– 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ideas are more powerful than guns. We would not let our enemies have guns, why should we let them have ideas.
– Joseph Stalin