Isn't this all blatantly lopsided? 90% of these quotes are either attacks or apologies for socialism.
Nearly all the pages here could use some improvement, and many could use MUCH, but the actual laborers are few — and complainers and would-be dictators of what should be the labors of others and how they should proceed tend to be far too many. IF indeed most of the quotes are either of sincere attacks or sincere defense of socialism then things are probably proceeding to a great extent as they actually should — perhaps if there are severe imbalances of either sort, or large proportion of insincere or sarcastic remarks either way, that would probably be very deplorable — but if most remarks were simply vacuous efforts to explain or explain away the passions of people devoted or hostile to various ideas about socialism — that would probably be most regrettable thing of all, as it would then be blatantly banal — and about as nearly worthless as the banal attitude that all things should be reduced to such banalities as the majority of the most cowardly conformists can accept and approve. ~ Kalki (talk · contributions) 23:07, 2 May 2010 (UTC)
- Published sources should be provided before moving these back into the article
- Socialism is theft as a form of state maxim.
- Socialism is dead. Even the labour party has turned against socialism.
- Matthew Wharton, Conservative Party member
- Neutrality gets the worm.
- He who is not a socialist at 19, has no heart. He who is still a socialist at 30, has no brain.
- Exists in different variations, this one attributed to Otto von Bismarck
- Socialism is workable only in heaven where it is not needed, and in hell where they've got it.
- Socialism is the flame of anger against injustice and the flame of hope that you can build a better world.
- Tony Benn this statement as rendered has not been located in any published source, but Benn is known to have made similar remarks:
- Inside him burned the flame of anger against injustice, and the flame of hope that we could build a better world. That was what moved him.
- Remarks in the House of Commons regarding the death of John Smith (12 May 1994)
- If you want change you do it yourself. All progress historically has come from below. The people at the top find life very attractive, but the discontent about injustice bubbles among the population and in every generation, in every country, in every century, two flames are burning, the flame of anger against injustice and the flame of hope you can build a better world. And those two flames are burning very brightly now.
- We are socialists because we see in socialism, that is the union of all citizens, the only chance to maintain our racial inheritance and to regain our political freedom and renew our German state.
- Joseph Goebbels, 1933
- Socialism is the doctrine of liberation for the working class. It promotes the rise of the fourth class and its incorporation in the political organism of our Fatherland, and is inextricably bound to breaking the present slavery and the regaining of German freedom. Socialism therefore is not merely a matter of the oppressed class, but a matter for everyone, for freeing the German people from slavery is the goal of contemporary policy. Socialism gains its true form only through a total combat brotherhood with the forward-striving energies of a newly awakened nationalism. Without nationalism it is nothing, a phantom, a mere theory, a castle in the sky, a book. With it it is everything, the future, freedom, the Fatherland!
- Joseph Goebbels, 1933
- The sin of liberal thinking was to overlook socialism's nation-building strengths, thereby allowing its energies to go in anti-national directions. The sin of Marxism was to degrade socialism into a question of wages and the stomach, putting it in conflict with the state and its national existence. An understanding of both these facts leads us to a new sense of socialism, which sees its nature as nationalistic, state-building, liberating and constructive.
- Joseph Goebbels, 1933
- I am a Socialist, and a very different kind of Socialist from your rich friend, Count Reventlow. . . . What you understand by Socialism is nothing more than Marxism.
- Adolf Hitler, Spoken to Otto Strasser, Berlin, May 21, 1930
Sometimes on encounters a fictitious quote or a misattribution; any devotee of Benjamin Franklin or Mark Twain, for example, know that the latter are very common. But fictitious quotes often come with a cited source that is not the original source, and that source doesn't cite the original either. This can create a chain of citation upon citation upon citation that creates the illusion of legitimacy. These are worth identifying, as well as removal and/or correction.
Fictional quote (removed, with legitimated sourced quotes added)
- Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy, its inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery.
- Winston Churchill, as quoted in The New American Newspeak Dictionary (2005) by Adrian Krieg, p. 96
Mr. Churchill never said or wrote this.
The first three clauses are extracted from a part of something he said in Perth, Scotland, in 1948; the third of those is actually the title of an article written in 1909 by economist James Laurence Laughlin (with two words added in the middle for grammatical purposes). The final clause is one sentence taken from a speech in the House of Commons in 1945, almost three years before the first portion.
“The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of blessings. The inherent virtue of Socialism is the equal sharing of miseries.” (Speech in the House of Commons, October 22, 1945 “Demobilisation”)
“Socialism is the philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance and the gospel of envy.” (Speech (May 28, 1948) at the Scottish Unionist Conference, Perth, Scotland)