Call him crazy or a mad man, Joseph Stalin may be labeled as an evil man during his time but he was sane enough not to start World War 3, unlike Adolf Hitler. He was the first General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union from late 1922 until his death on March 5, 1953.

Following Lenin’s death in 1924 Joseph Stalin rose to become the Supreme Leader of the Soviet Union (USSR). He was a great leader who saw USSR battle till the end before his sudden demise following an illness on March 5, 1953, after the second world war. In this article, we have put together famous Joseph Stalin quotes on socialism, power, propaganda, war, life, and death.

Here are 40 famous Joseph Stalin quotes we’ve gathered for you. We hope you’d be inspired as you read through.

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Famous Joseph Stalin Quotes

1. “I believe in only one thing, the power of human will.”

2. “Music’s a good thing, it calms the beast in the man.”

3.  “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 no 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.”

4. “Gratitude is an illness suffered by dogs.”

5. “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.”

6. “Everybody has a right to be stupid, but some people abuse the privilege.”

7. “The writer is the engineer of the human soul.”

8. “The only real power comes out of a long rifle.”

9. “I trust no one, not even myself.”

10. “True courage consists in being strong enough to master and overcome oneself and subordinate one’s will to the will of the collective, the will of the higher party body.”

11. “One death is a tragedy; one million is a statistic.”

12. “Take some exercise, try to recover the look of a human being.”

13. “Quantity has a quality all its own.”

14. “It is not heroes that make history, but history that makes heroes.”

15. “This creature softened my heart of stone. She died and with her died my last warm feelings for humanity.”

16. “Ideas are more powerful than guns. We would not let our enemies have guns, why should we let them have ideas.”

17. “History has shown there are no invincible armies.”

18. “Education is a weapon, whose effect depends on who holds it in his hands and at whom it is aimed.”

19. “When there’s a person, there’s a problem. When there’s no person, there’s no problem.”

20. ” A sincere diplomat is like dry water or wooden iron.”

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Joseph Stalin Propaganda Quotes

21. “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!”

22. “Advance towards socialism cannot but cause the exploiting elements to resist the advance, and the resistance of the exploiters cannot but lead to the inevitable sharpening of the class struggle.”

23. “We think that a powerful and vigorous movement is impossible without differences — “true conformity” is possible only in the cemetery.”

24. “In the Soviet army, it takes more courage to retreat than advance.”

25. “Everyone imposes his own system as far as his army can reach.”

26. “The press must grow day in and day out – it is the sharpest and the strongest weapon of our party.”

27. “History shows that there are no invincible armies and that there have never been.”

28. “It’s not the people who vote that count. It’s the people who count the votes.”

29. “It doesn’t matter how many people vote, only who counts them.”

30. “If the opposition disarms, well and good. If it refuses to disarm, we shall disarm it ourselves.”

31. “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.”

32. “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.”

33. “The easiest way to gain control of a population is to carry out acts of terror. The public will clamor for such laws if their personal security is threatened.”

34. “When the Bolsheviks came to power they were soft and easy with their enemies . . . we had begun by making a mistake. Leniency towards such a power was a crime against the working classes. That soon became apparent . . .”

35. “Social democracy is objectively the moderate wing of fascism…. These organizations (ie Fascism and social democracy) are not antipodes, they are twins.”

36. “The Pope? How many divisions has he got?”

37. “The only thing anyone inherits by right of birth in the Soviet Union is congenital idiocy.”

38. “The power of the Slavic people is in the strength and determination of their women.”

39. “I am not a millionaire son, but I make my son become the millionaire son.”

40. “Ours is a just cause; victory will be ours.”

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