Quotation by Vladimir Ilyich Lenin

All our lives we fought against exalting the individual, against the elevation of the single person, and long ago we were over and done with the business of a hero, and here it comes up again: the glorification of one personality. This is not good at all. I am just like everybody else.
Vladimir Ilyich Lenin (1870–1924), Russian revolutionary leader. Quoted in Tamara Deutsche, Not By Politics Alone, ch. 2 (1973).

Remark after being shot in 1918.
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