Leon Trotsky
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"Leon Trotsky", Lev Davidovich Trotsky; also transliterated Lyev, Trotski, Trotskij, Trockij and Trotzky.}} was a Marxist revolutionary and theorist, Soviet politician, and the founder and first leader of the Red Army.

Trotsky initially supported the Menshevik Internationalists faction of the Russian Social Democratic Labour Party. He joined the Bolsheviks immediately prior to the 1917 October Revolution, and eventually became a leader within the Communist Party of the Soviet Union / Russian Social Democratic Labour Party (bolsheviks). During the early days of the RSFSR and the Soviet Union, he served first as Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Soviet Union)/People's Commissar for Foreign Affairs and later as the founder and commander of the Red Army with the title of People's Commissar of Military and Naval Affairs of the Russian SFSR/People's Commissar of Military and Naval Affairs. He was a major figure in the Bolshevik victory in the Russian Civil War (1918–1923). He also became one of the first members (1919–1926) of the Politburo of the CPSU Central Committee/Politburo.

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Life is not an easy matter... You cannot live through it without falling into frustration and cynicism unless you have before you a great idea which raises you above personal misery, above weakness, above all kinds of perfidy and baseness.

You are pitiful isolated individuals; you are bankrupts; your role is played out. Go where you belong from now on / into the dustbin of history!

If we had more time for discussion we should probably have made a great many more mistakes.

Socialism needs democracy like the human body needs oxygen.

Learning carries within itself certain dangers because out of necessity one has to learn from one's enemies.

Revolutions are always verbose.

Ideas that enter the mind under fire remain there securely and for ever.

The end may justify the means as long as there is something that justifies the end.

Old age is the most unexpected of all the things that happen to a man.

Bureaucracy and social harmony are inversely proportional to each other.

There are no absolute rules of conduct, either in peace or war. Everything depends on circumstances.