There are no absolute rules of conduct, either in peace or war. Everything depends on circumstances.
Let a man find himself, in distinction from others, on top of two wheels with a chain – at least in a poor country like Russia – and his vanity begins to swell out like his tires. In America it takes an automobile to produce this effect.
Revolutions are always verbose.
Not believing in force is the same as not believing in gravity.
In a serious struggle there is no worse cruelty than to be magnanimous at an inopportune time.
Everyone has the right to be stupid on occasion, but Comrade Macdonald abuses the privilege.
You may not be interested in strategy, but strategy is interested in you.
Insurrection is an art, and like all arts has its own laws.
If we had had more time for discussion we should probably have made a great many more mistakes.
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.