„For this I have been and am a socialist.“

The accusation of inconsistency has no foundation. My conduct has always been straight in the sense of looking at the substance of things and not to the form. I adapted socialisticamente to reality. As the evolution of society belied many of the prophecies of Marx, the true socialism folded from possible to probable. The only feasible socialism socialisticamente is corporatism, confluence, balance and justice interests compared to the collective interest.
As quoted in “Soliloquy for ‘freedom’ Trimellone island”, on the Italian Island of Trimelone, journalist Ivanoe Fossani, one of the last interviews of Mussolini, March 20, 1945, from Opera omnia, vol. 32. Interview is also known as "Testament of Benito Mussolini, or Testamento di Benito Mussolini. Also published under “Mussolini confessed to the stars”, Publishing House Latinitas, Rome, 1952. (Intervista di Ivanoe Fossani, Soliloquio in “libertà” all'isola Trimellone, Isola del Trimellone, 20 marzo 1945)

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italienischer Politiker und Ministerpräsident des Königreic… 1883 - 1945

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Arthur Scargill Foto

„I am opposed to Solidarity because I believe that it is an anti-socialist organisation which desires the overthrow of a socialist state.“

—  Arthur Scargill British trade unionist 1938

Letter to left-wing newspaper Newsline (7 September 1983), as quoted in the " Scargill angers unions with Solidarity attack http://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=2507&dat=19830908&id=hfU9AAAAIBAJ&sjid=CUkMAAAAIBAJ&pg=2345,1392758", Glasgow Herald (8 September 1983), p. 1

Alexis De Tocqueville Foto

„As for me, I am deeply a democrat; this is why I am in no way a socialist. Democracy and socialism cannot go together. You can't have it both ways.“

—  Alexis De Tocqueville French political thinker and historian 1805 - 1859

Original text: Quant à moi, je suis profondément démocrate, c'est pour cela que je ne suis nullement socialiste. La démocratie et le socialisme ne peuvent pas marcher ensemble. Qui veut l'un ne veut pas l'autre.
Notes for a Speech on Socialism (1848).

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„The difference between myself and Castro is that I am not aligned and he is; I am a socialist and he is a communist.“

—  Kwame Nkrumah Pan Africanist and First Prime Minister and President of Ghana 1909 - 1972

Quoted in Asiaweek, Vol. 5 (1979), p. 28.

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„I am for the unity of the party – for the national and international unity of the party. But it must be a unity of socialism and socialists. The unity with opponents – with people who have other aims and other interests, is no socialist unity.“

—  Wilhelm Liebknecht German socialist politician 1826 - 1900

We must strive for unity at any price and with all sacrifices. But while we are uniting and organizing, we must rid ourselves of all foreign and antagonistic elements. What would one say of a general who in the enemy’s country sought to fill the ranks of his army with recruits from the ranks of the enemy? Would that not be the height of foolishness? Very well, to take into our army – which is an army for the class struggle and the class war – opponents, soldiers with aims and interests entirely opposite to our own, – that would be madness, that would be suicide.
No Compromise – No Political Trading (1899)

Oswald Spengler Foto

„We are socialists. Let us hope that it will not have been in vain.“

—  Oswald Spengler German historian and philosopher 1880 - 1936

Prussianism and Socialism (1919)

Herbert Morrison Foto

„It is because I have confidence in the reasoned appeal the Socialist Party can make to all sections of the community – manual workers and black coats alike – that I have decided to go to East Lewisham, if I am selected, emphasizing by this action my conviction that the soundest socialist appeal is that which is most universal in its scope.“

—  Herbert Morrison British Labour politician 1888 - 1965

The Times, 10 January 1945.
Morrison abandoned his safe seat in Hackney South for Lewisham East in the 1945 general election despite it being a Conservative-held seat that had never previously returned a Labour MP. The move paid off, and he was elected there.

Janusz Korwin-Mikke Foto

„Before I was nine years old, I had been a socialist. When young, everyone is a socialist; later he becomes smarter.“

—  Janusz Korwin-Mikke polish politician 1942

essay "Przepisy celne, ale ulgowe" (Customs regulations, but reduced) in Angora (21, 1998)

Ralph Ellison Foto

„… I am not, and never have been, a Soviet agent.“

—  Victor Rothschild, 3rd Baron Rothschild senior executive with Royal Dutch Shell and N M Rothschild & Sons, an advisor to the Edward Heath and Margaret Thatcher… 1910 - 1990

Letter to newspapers (1986)

Nélson Rodrigues Foto

„I am, and have always been, a pornographic angel.“

—  Nélson Rodrigues Brazilian writer and playwright 1912 - 1980

Moisés Neto. Nelson Rodrigues: o nosso boca de ouro, p 1.

Eugene V. Debs Foto

„I come from dying, not from having been born. From having been born I am going.“

—  Antonio Porchia Italian Argentinian poet 1885 - 1968

Vengo de morirme, no de haber nacido. De haber nacido me voy.
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„I am a socialist, and a very different kind of socialist from your rich friend Reventlow. I was once an ordinary workingman… But your kind of socialism is nothing but Marxism.“

—  Adolf Hitler Führer and Reich Chancellor of Germany, Leader of the Nazi Party 1889 - 1945

As quoted in Hitler and I, Otto Strasser, Boston, MA, Houghton Mifflin Company (1940) p. 106
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„I have been through a revolution, and I am convinced that I am no revolutionist.“

—  Käthe Kollwitz German artist 1867 - 1945

Diary entry (28 June 1921).
Kontext: I have been through a revolution, and I am convinced that I am no revolutionist. My childhood dreams of dying on the barricades will hardly be fulfilled, because I should hardly mount a barricade now that I know what they were like in reality. And so I know now what an illusion I lived in for so many years. I thought I was a revolutionary and was only an evolutionary. Yes, sometimes I do not know whether I am a socialist at all, whether I am not rather a democrat instead. How good it is when reality tests you to the guts and pins you relentlessly to the very position you always thought, so long as you clung to your illusion, was unspeakably wrong.

Robert Hunter (author) Foto

„In contrasting the temperaments, the points of view, the philosophy, and the methods of these two antagonistic minds, I have been forced to take two extremes, the Bakouninist anarchist and the Marxian socialist.“

—  Robert Hunter (author) American sociologist, author, golf course architect 1874 - 1942

Quelle: Violence and the Labor Movement (1914), p.xii-xiii
Kontext: In contrasting the temperaments, the points of view, the philosophy, and the methods of these two antagonistic minds, I have been forced to take two extremes, the Bakouninist anarchist and the Marxian socialist. In the case of the former, it has been necessary to present the views of a particular school of anarchism, more or less regardless of certain other schools. Proudhon, Stirner, Warren, and Tucker do not advocate violent measures, and Tolstoi, Ibsen, Spencer, Thoreau, and Emerson—although having the anarchist point of view—can hardly be conceived of as advocating violent measures.... I have not dealt with the philosophical anarchism, or whatever one may call it, of these last.

Margaret Thatcher Foto

„The United States has no socialist party, or no socialist party has been in power. That is the reason why it has always been the country of last resort for every currency.“

—  Margaret Thatcher British stateswoman and politician 1925 - 2013

Interview for The Times (31 May 1984) http://www.margaretthatcher.org/document/105505
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„Perhaps I shall survive, perhaps not. I have been known as the commander. Wherever I am present or am mentioned, I am the king.“

—  Babak Khorramdin Persian revolutionary 798 - 838

Babak Khorramdin's letter to his son, rejecting the caliph’s amnesty message, quoted by Al-Tabari, cited in "BĀBAK ḴORRAMI" at Encyclopaedia Iranica http://www.iranicaonline.org/articles/babak-korrami

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„I am not gay. I never have been gay.“

—  Larry Craig American politician 1945

Prepared statement August 28, 2007, on the subject of his alleged homosexuality and guilty plea of lewd sexual behavior on June 11 in a men's room in Minneapolis airport known as a gay hookup spot; MSNBC http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RA1KHd5YTIs

„I am not now, nor I have ever been, relevant.“

—  James G. March American sociologist 1928 - 2018

Said each year during the beginning of classes at Stanford.
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