There is a limit to the application of democratic methods. You can inquire of all the passengers as to what type of car they like to ride in but it is impossible to question them as to whether to apply the brakes when the train is at full speed and accident threatens.

Leon Trotsky Car Quote

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

Leon Trotsky Peace Quote

The historic ascent of humanity taken as a whole may be summarized as a succession of victories of consciousness over blind forces – in nature in society in man himself.

Leon Trotsky Nature Quote

The depth and strength of a human character are defined by its moral reserves. People reveal themselves completely only when they are thrown out of the customary conditions of their life for only then do they have to fall back on their reserves.

Leon Trotsky Strength Quote

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

Leon Trotsky Age Quote

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.

Leon Trotsky Great Quote

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

Leon Trotsky Learning Quote