"Surely, even now, the coming renwal is capable of lifting up the best people of our time toward energy and faith. The real day is coming, after all. It is coming--noisy and tempestuous, sweeping away everything weak, feeble, and old... The dawn, which sheds it's fantastic, enchanting and transparent light over everything and everyone, is near." -Yakov Sverdlov, 19 year old gymnasium dropout, pharmacist's apprentice, and "professional revolutionary."
(via THE HOUSE OF GOVERNMENT, Yuri Slezkine)