was born in Simbirsk on the Volga River on 22 April 1870 into a well-educated family. He excelled at school and went on to study law. At university, he was exposed to radical thinking, and his views were also influenced by the execution of his elder brother, a member of a revolutionary group.
Expelled from university for his radical policies, Lenin completed his law degree as an external student in 1891. He moved to St Petersburg and became a professional revolutionary. Like many of his contemporaries, he was arrested and exiled to Siberia, where he married Nadezhda Krupskaya. After his Siberian exile, Lenin - the pseudonym he adopted in 1901 - spent most of the subsequent decade and a half in western Europe, where he emerged as a prominent figure in the international revolutionary movement and became the leader of the 'Bolshevik' faction of the Russian Social Democratic Worker's Party.
Vladimir Lenin Quotes
Politics begin where the masses are, not where there are thousands, but where there are millions, that is where serious politics begin.
A revolution is impossible without a revolutionary situation; furthermore, not every revolutionary situation leads to revolution.
If it were necessary to give the briefest possible definition of imperialism, we should have to say that imperialism is the monopoly stage of capitalism.
In the history of modern socialism this is a phenomenon, that the strife of the various trends within the socialist movement has from national become international.
The history of all countries shows that the working class exclusively by its own effort is able to develop only trade-union consciousness.
It is impossible to predict the time and progress of revolution. It is governed by its own more or less mysterious laws.
He who now talks about the "freedom of the press" goes backward, and halts our headlong course towards Socialism.
Capitalists are no more capable of self-sacrifice than a man is capable of lifting himself up by his own bootstraps.
One of the basic conditions for the victory of socialism is the arming of the workers and the disarming of the bourgeoisie (the middle class).
One man with a gun can control 100 without one.... Make mass searches and hold executions for found arms.
It is more pleasant and useful to go through the 'experience of the revolution' than to write about it.
There are no morals in politics; there is only expedience. A scoundrel may be of use to us just because he is a scoundrel.