What is your favourite quote of Trotsky's?
I’ve not read everything he’s written, or even a lot of it really! But the way he writes about the hope he has for the future, genuine communist movement at a time when he’s had to flee Russia - from the worker’s revolution he played a central role in, facing attempts on his life by the Stalinist bureaucracy while all his friends and family have either capitulated to Stalin or been assassinated is deeply touching and inspiring.
Especially his last testament, written several months before he was killed.
"For forty-three years of my conscious life I have remained a revolutionist; for forty-two of them I have fought under the banner of Marxism. If I had to begin all over again I would of course try and avoid this or that mistake, but the main course of my life would remain unchanged. I shall die a proletarian revolutionist, a Marxist, a dialectical materialist, and, consequently, an irreconcilable atheist. My faith in the communist future of mankind is not less ardent, indeed it is firmer today, than it was in the days of my youth."
"Life is beautiful. Let the future generations cleanse it of all evil, oppression, and violence and enjoy it to the full."