Quote by Lenin (Vladimir Ulyanov)
When one makes a Revolution, one cannot mark time; one must always go forward -- or go back. He who now talks about the freedom of the press goes backward, and halts our headlong course towards Socialism.
This quote emphasizes the idea that during revolutionary times, there is no room for stagnation. Progress must constantly be made, either by moving forward or by regressing. It criticizes those who advocate for press freedom, suggesting that this discussion detracts from the larger goal of achieving a socialist society. According to this perspective, focusing on press freedom can be seen as a step backward, as it could distract from the primary objective of advancing towards socialism.
By academic freedom I understand the right to search for truth and to publish and teach what one holds to be true. This right implies also a duty one must not conceal any part of what on has recognized to be true. It is evident that any restriction on academic freedom acts in such a way as to hamper the dissemination of knowledge among the people and thereby impedes national judgment and action.
It was in Spain that [my generation] learned that one can be right and yet be beaten, that force can vanquish spirit, that there are times when courage is not its own recompense. It is this, doubtless, which explains why so many, the world over, feel the Spanish drama as a personal tragedy.