Russian Communism is the illegitimate child of Karl Marx and Catherine the Great.
Author: Clement Attlee
Profession: British Earl
Experience has taught me that the shallowest of communist platitudes contains more of a hierarchy of meaning than contemporary bourgeois profundity.
Author: Walter Benjamin (1982-1940)
Profession: German Critic, Philosopher
Communism is like one big phone company.
Author: Lenny Bruce (1925-1966)
Profession: American Comedian
It is a socialist idea that making profits is a vice; I consider the real vice is making losses.
The substance of the eminent Socialist gentlemen's speech is that making a profit is a sin. It is my belief that the real sin is taking a loss!
Socialists think profits are a vice; I consider losses the real vice.
Socialism is like a dream. Sooner or later you wake up to reality.
The terrible thing is that one cannot be a Communist and not let oneself in for the shameful act of recantation. One cannot be a Communist and preserve an iota of one's personal integrity.
Author: Milovan Djilas (1911-1995)
Profession: Former Yugoslav Vice-president
There is nothing in socialism that a little age or a little money will not cure.
Author: William J. Durant (1885-1981)
Profession: American Historian, Essayist
One strength of the communist system of the East is that it has some of the character of a religion and inspires the emotions of a religion.
Author: Albert Einstein (1879-1955)
Profession: German-born American Physicist
What is a Communist? One who has yearnings for equal division of unequal earnings.
Author: Ebenezer Elliot
You'll see certain Pythagorean whose belief in communism of property goes to such lengths that they pick up anything lying about unguarded, and make off with it without a qualm of conscience as if it had come to them by law.
Author: Desiderius Erasmus (1466-1536)
Profession: Dutch Humanist
I have no concern with any economic criticisms of the communist system; I cannot inquire into whether the abolition of private property is expedient or advantageous. But I am able to recognize that the psychological premisses on which the system is based are an untenable illusion. In abolishing private property we deprive the human love of aggression of one of its instruments... but we have in no way altered the differences in power and influence which are misused by aggressiveness.
Author: Sigmund Freud (1856-1939)
Profession: Austrian Physician - Founder of Psychoanalysis
I am a Communist, a convinced Communist! For some that may be a fantasy. But to me it is my main goal.
Author: Mikhail Gorbachev (1931)
Profession: Soviet Statesman and President of USSR (1988-91)
Communism, my friend, is more than Marxism, just as Catholicism is more than the Roman Curia. There is a mystique as well as a politick. Catholics and Communists have committed great crimes, but at least they have not stood aside, like an established society, and been indifferent. I would rather have blood on my hands than water like Pilate.
Author: Graham Greene (1904-1991)
Profession: British Novelist