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I guess I qualify as a Stalin scholar — even though I haven't published on the topic I do have a pile of books and a copy of the McNeal bibliography marked up in ink to the point of illegibility... If that line exists anywhere in print, it would be in "Dialectical and Historical Materialism" (from the 1938 "Short Course") or "Economic Problems of Socialism in the USSR" (October 1952) — two instances when Iosef Vissarionovich tried to wax philosophical (without much success). But I don't recall that line existing in either place. The Stalin "Works" (in English) is now up on Marxists Internet Archive and there was no phrase match on the site for the word sequence "Quantity has a quality." Actually, I think the two short pieces previously mentioned are also included on MIA and are thus are negative in the same phrase search. The line is almost certainly apocryphal, it seems to me. Tim Davenport Early American Marxism website Marxists Internet Archive Corvallis, OR On Apr 5, 2010, at 7:48 AM, rupp wrote: > From: Reina Pennington PhD <email@example.com> > Date: April 5, 2010 > > Stalin is widely credited with saying "Quantity has a quality all of > its own." There are thousands of web sites that perpetuate this. My > students bring this up every year. It's probably apocryphal, but I > thought someone on this list might have authoritative knowledge. > > If Stalin actually said something like this, someone here must know > the source. If he didn't say it, it would be useful to try to debunk > it. Can anyone shed some light on this??? > > Reina Pennington, PhD > Norwich University > Northfield, VT 05663