“You are faced with the task of construction, and you can accomplish that task only by assimilating all modern knowledge, only if you are able to transform communism from cut-and-dried and memorised formulas, counsels, recipes, prescriptions and programmes into that living reality which gives unity to your immediate work, and only if you are able to make communism a guide in all your practical work.
That is the task you should pursue in educating, training and rousing the entire younger generation. You must be foremost among the millions of builders of a communist society in whose ranks every young man and young woman should be. You will not build a communist society unless you enlist the mass of young workers and peasants in the work of building communism.”
Vladimir Lenin’s The Tasks of the Youth Leagues
Written: October 2, 1920
Source: Collected Works, Volume 31
First Published: Pravda Nos. 221, 222 and 223, October 5, 6 and 7,1920