The function of the university is not simply to teach bread-winning, or to furnish teachers for the public schools or to be a centre of polite society; it is, above all, to be the organ of that fine adjustment between real life and the growing knowledge of life, an adjustment which forms the secret of civilization.
Comrade Stalin, having become Secretary-General, has unlimited authority concentrated in his hands, and I am not sure whether he will always be capable of using that authority with sufficient caution.
Democracy means equality. The great significance of the proletariat's struggle for equality and of equality as a slogan will be clear if we correctly interpret it as meaning the abolition of classes. But democracy means only formal equality. And as soon as equality is achieved for all members of society in relation to ownership of the means of production, that is, equality of labor and wages, humanity will inevitably be confronted with the question of advancing father, from formal equality to actual equality, i.e., to the operation of the rule “from each according to his ability, to each according to his needs”.
Destroy the family, you destroy the country.
To carry on a war for the overthrow of the international bourgeoisie, a war which is a hundred times more difficult, protracted and complex than the most stubborn of ordinary wars between states, and to renounce in advance any change of tack, or any utilization of a conflict of interests (even if temporary) among one’s enemies, or any conciliation or compromise with possible allies (even if they are temporary, unstable, vacillating, or conditional allies)—is that not ridiculous in the extreme?”
It is not true that men are better in poverty than in wealth.
It is unjust to exact that men shall do out of deference to our advice what they have no desire to do for themselves.
The idea that science can and should be organized according to rules both fixed and universal is unrealistic and pernicious.
Only free people can hold their purpose and their honor steady to a common end, and prefer the interest of mankind to any narrow interest of their own.
There is a very great thrill to be had from the memories of the American Revolution, but the American Revolution was a beginning, not a consummation, and the duty laid upon us by that beginning is the duty of bringing the things then begun to a noble triumph of completion.
This war, in its inception was a commercial and industrial war. It was not a political war.
When will there be justice in Athens? There will be justice in Athens when those who are not injured are as outraged as those who are.
Even in his agitated mood, he could admire this walking flower of intelligent pink, this industry of honey and brine.
Our message is clear. We count. Children count. Everybody counts, so count everybody,
To throw obstacles in the way of a complete education is like putting out the eyes.
The elimination of rent, interest, profit and the production of wealth to satisfy the wants of all the people. That is the demand.
If we openly declare what is wrong with us, what is our deepest need, then perhaps the death and despair will by degrees disappear.