Karl Marx Quotes

Karl Marx, originally from Germany, was a versatile thinker encompassing philosophy, economics, political theory, history, sociology, journalism, and revolutionary socialism in his body of work. Wikipedia

“Wages are determined by the bitter struggle between capitalist and worker.” ~ Karl Marx

“Do not be deluded by the abstract word Freedom. Whose freedom? Not the freedom of one individual in relation to another, but freedom of Capital to crush the worker.” ~ Karl Marx

“The state is the executive committee of the ruling class.” ~ Karl Marx

“Democracy is the road to socialism.” ~ Karl Marx

“In bourgeois society capital is independent and has individuality, while the living person is dependent and has no individuality.” ~ Karl Marx

“Price, taken by itself, is nothing but the monetary expression of value.” ~ Karl Marx

“The Communist revolution is the most radical rupture with traditional property relations; no wonder that its development involves the most radical rupture with traditional ideas.” ~ Karl Marx

“All that we want to do away with is the miserable character of this appropriation, under which the labourer lives merely to increase capital, and allowed to live only so far as the interest to the ruling class requires it.” ~ Karl Marx

“The bourgeois during its rule of scarce one hundred years, has created more massive and more colossal productive forces than have all preceding generations together.” ~ Karl Marx

“Men’s ideas are the most direct emanations of their material state.” ~ Karl Marx

“All pursuit of commodity production becomes at the same time pursuit of the exploitation of labour-power; but only capitalist commodity production is an epoch-making mode of exploitation, which in the course of its historical development revolutionizes the entire economic structure of society by its organization of the labour process and its gigantic extension of technique, and towers incomparably above all earlier epochs.” ~ Karl Marx

“Landlords, like all other men, love to reap where they never sowed.” ~ Karl Marx

“The policy of Russia is changeless. Its methods, its tactics, its maneuvers may change, but the polar star of its policy, world domination, is a fixed star. About Russia.” ~ Karl Marx

“The working class is revolutionary or it is nothing.” ~ Karl Marx

“If this labourer were in possession of his own means of production, and was satisfied to live as a labourer, he need not work beyond beyond the time necessary for the reproduction of his means of subsistence, say 8 hours a day.” ~ Karl Marx

“Although usury is itself a form of credit in its bourgeoisified form, the form adapted to capital, in its pre-bourgeois form it is rather the expression of the lack of credit .” ~ Karl Marx

“We will hang the capitalists with the rope that they sell us.” ~ Karl Marx

“Capital is dead labor, which, vampire-like, lives only by sucking living labor, and lives the more, the more labor it sucks.” ~ Karl Marx

“Since labour is motion, time is its natural measure.” ~ Karl Marx

“Anyone wanting a new house picks one from among those built on speculation or still in process of construction. The builder no longer works for his customers but for the market.” ~ Karl Marx

“Political power, properly so called, is merely the organised power of one class for oppressing another.” ~ Karl Marx

“Communism deprives no man of the power to appropriate the products of society; all that it does is to deprive him of the power to subjugate the labour of others by means of such appropriation.” ~ Karl Marx

“It has drowned the most heavenly ecstasies of religious fervour, of chivalrous enthusiasm, of Philistine sentimentalism, in the icy water of egotistical calculation. It has resolved personal worth into exchange value, and in place of numberless indefeasible chartered freedoms, it has set up that single, unconscionable freedom – free trade. In one word, for exploitation, veiled by religious and political illusions, it has substituted naked, shameless, direct, brutal exploitation.” ~ Karl Marx

“As the chosen people bore in their features the sign manual of Jehovah, so the division of labour brands the manufacturing workman as the property of capital .” ~ Karl Marx

“Money degrades all the gods of man and converts them into commodities.” ~ Karl Marx

“When the sufferers learn to think, then the thinkers will learn to suffer.” ~ Karl Marx

“Nothing can have value without being an object of utility.” ~ Karl Marx

“All I know is that I am not a Marxist.” ~ Karl Marx

“I am greatly pleased with the public, authentic isolation in which we two, you and I, now find ourselves. It is wholly in accord with our attitude and our principles.” ~ Karl Marx

“Free trade: for the benefit of the working class. Protective duties: for the benefit of the working class. Prison Reform: for the benefit of the working class. This is the last word and the only seriously meant word of bourgeois Socialism. It is summed up in the phrase: the bourgeois is a bourgeois – for the benefit of the working class.” ~ Karl Marx

“Sell a man a fish, he eats for a day, teach a man how to fish, you ruin a wonderful business opportunity.” ~ Karl Marx

“Music is the mirror of reality.” ~ Karl Marx

“Beauty is the main positive form of the aesthetic assimilation of reality, in which aesthetic ideal finds it direct expression.” ~ Karl Marx

“Moments are the elements of profit.” ~ Karl Marx

“I hate money and Jews.” ~ Karl Marx

“If money is the bond binding me to human life, binding society to me, binding me and nature and man, is not money the bond of all bonds? Can it not dissolve and bind all ties? Is it not, therefore, the universal agent of separation?” ~ Karl Marx

“Usury lives in the pores of production, as it were, just as the gods of Epicurus lived in the space between the worlds.” ~ Karl Marx

“For real wealth is the developed productive power of all individuals. The measure of wealth is then not any longer, in any way, labour time, but rather disposable time.” ~ Karl Marx

“The bureaucracy takes itself to be the ultimate purpose of the state.” ~ Karl Marx

“Parliamentary cretinism: that peculiar malady which since 1848 has raged all over the Continent, which holds those infected by it fast in an imaginary world and robs them of all sense, all memory, all understanding of the rude external world.” ~ Karl Marx

“Without doubt, machinery has greatly increased the number of well-to-do idlers.” ~ Karl Marx

“Value, therefore, does not stalk about with a label describing what it is.” ~ Karl Marx

“The last capitalist we hang shall be the one who sold us the rope.” ~ Karl Marx

“Money plays the largest part in determining the course of history.” ~ Karl Marx

“Imperialism is da woist thing I ever hoid!” ~ Karl Marx

“The heart of a man is a wonderful thing, especially when it is carried in his wallet.” ~ Karl Marx

“My object in life is to dethrone God and destroy capitalism.” ~ Karl Marx

“The working men have no country. We cannot take away from them what they have not got.” ~ Karl Marx

“This young lady, who instantly overwhelmed me with her kindness, is the ugliest creature I have seen in my entire life, with repulsive Jewish facial features.” ~ Karl Marx

“The existence of the state is inseparable from the existence of slavery.” ~ Karl Marx

“No revolution is made out of shame. I reply: Shame is already revolution of a kind.” ~ Karl Marx

“The Jews of Poland are the smeariest of all races.” ~ Karl Marx

“Workers of the world unite; you have nothing to lose but your chains.” ~ Karl Marx

“The individual produces an object and, by consuming it, returns to himself, but returns as a productive and self reproducing individual. Consumption thus appears as a moment of production.” ~ Karl Marx

“Last words are for those fools who believe they have not yet said enough…” ~ Karl Marx

“Go on, get out – last words are for fools who haven’t said enough. To his housekeeper, who urged him to tell her his last words so she could write them down for posterity.” ~ Karl Marx

“The rich will do anything for the poor but get off their backs.” ~ Karl Marx

“Constant labor of one uniform kind destroys the intensity and flow of a man’s animal spirits, which find recreation and delight in mere change of activity.” ~ Karl Marx

“Democracy is a form of government that cannot long survive, for as soon as the people learn that they have a voice in the fiscal policies of the government, they will move to vote for themselves all the money in the treasury, and bankrupt the nation.” ~ Karl Marx

“The writer must earn money in order to be able to live and to write, but he must by no means live and write for the purpose of making money.” ~ Karl Marx

“Society is a sort of organism on the growth of which conscious efforts can exercise little effect.” ~ Karl Marx

“In short, competition has to shoulder the responsibility of explaining all the meaningless ideas of the economists, whereas it should rather be the economists who explain competition.” ~ Karl Marx

“The meaning of peace is the absence of opposition to socialism.” ~ Karl Marx

“An organised system of machines, to which motion is communicated by the transmitting mechanism from a central automation, is the most developed form of production by machinery.” ~ Karl Marx

“Man makes religion, religion does not make man.” ~ Karl Marx

“The philosophers have only interpreted the world, in various ways: the point, however, is to change it.” ~ Karl Marx

“I do not like money, money is the reason we fight.” ~ Karl Marx

“To be radical is to grasp things by the root.” ~ Karl Marx

“Although gold and silver are not by nature money, money is by nature gold and silver.” ~ Karl Marx

“The past lies like a nightmare upon the present.” ~ Karl Marx

“In all of human history no country or no people have suffered such terrible slavery, conquest and foreign oppression and no country and no people have struggled so strenuously for their emancipation than Sicily and the Sicilians.” ~ Karl Marx

“There must be something rotten in the very core of a social system which increases its wealth without diminishing its misery.” ~ Karl Marx

“Hence money may be dirt, although dirt is not money.” ~ Karl Marx

“What the bourgeoisie therefore produces, above all, are its own grave-diggers. Its fall and the victory of the proletariat are equally inevitable.” ~ Karl Marx

“Language comes into being, like consciousness, from the basic need, from the scantiest intercourse with other human.” ~ Karl Marx

“The education of all children, from the moment that they can get along without a mother’s care, shall be in state institutions.” ~ Karl Marx

“A specter is haunting Europe – the specter of communism.” ~ Karl Marx

“The bureaucracy is a circle from which no one can escape. Its hierarchy is a hierarchy of knowledge.” ~ Karl Marx

“Misery motivates, not utopia.” ~ Karl Marx

“Those dogs of democrats and liberal riff-raff will see that we’re the only chaps who haven’t been stultified by the ghastly period of peace.” ~ Karl Marx

“All forms of the state have democracy for their truth, and for that reason are false to the extent that they are not democracy.” ~ Karl Marx

“But you Communists would introduce community of women, screams the whole bourgeoisie in union. The bourgeois sees in his wife a mere instrument of production. He hears that the instruments of production are to be exploited in common, and, naturally, can come to no other conclusion than that the lot of being common to all will likewise fall to women. He has not even a suspicion that the real point aimed at is to do away with the status of women as mere instruments of production.” ~ Karl Marx

“A man cannot become a child again, or he becomes childish.” ~ Karl Marx

“In the various stages of development which the struggle of working class against the bourgeoisie has to pass through, they always and everywhere represent the interests of the movement as a whole.” ~ Karl Marx

“A great deal of capital, which appears to-day in the United States without any certificate of birth, was yesterday, in England, the capitalised blood of children.” ~ Karl Marx

“Working men’s Paris, with its Commune, will be forever celebrated as the glorious harbinger of a new society. Its martyrs are enshrined in the great heart of the working class. Its exterminators history has already nailed to that eternal pillory from which all the prayers of their priest will not avail to redeem them.” ~ Karl Marx

“And as for the Jews, who since the emancipation of their sect have everywhere put themselves, at least in the person of their eminent representatives, at the head of the counter-revolution – what awaits them?” ~ Karl Marx

“Consciousness does not determine life, but life determines consciousness.” ~ Karl Marx

“The less you eat, drink, buy books, go to the theatre or to balls, or to the pub, and the less you think, love, theorize, sing, paint, fence, etc., the more you will be able to save and the greater will become your treasure which neither moth nor rust will corrupt – your capital. The less you are, the less you express your life, the more you have, the greater is your alienated life and the greater is the saving of your alienated being.” ~ Karl Marx

“Accumulate, accumulate! This is Moses and the Prophets!” ~ Karl Marx

“The values of commodities are directly as the times of labor employed in their production, and are inversely as the productive powers of the labor employed.” ~ Karl Marx

“The object of art like every other product creates a public which is sensitive to art and enjoys beauty.” ~ Karl Marx

“Is it a misfortune that magnificent California was seized from the lazy Mexicans who did not know what to do with it.” ~ Karl Marx

“If one wants to be an ox one can easily turn one’s back on hum suffering and look after one’s own skin.” ~ Karl Marx

“The bourgeoisie cannot exist without constantly revolutionizing the instruments of production, and thereby the relations of production, and with them the whole relations of society.” ~ Karl Marx

“I am a machine condemned to devour books.” ~ Karl Marx

“It is absolutely impossible to transcend the laws of nature. What can change in historically different circumstances is only the form in which these laws expose themselves.” ~ Karl Marx

“An abundance of good friends does not lead to better philosophy .” ~ Karl Marx

“Art is always and everywhere the secret confession, and at the same time the immortal movement of its time.” ~ Karl Marx

“All history is nothing but a continuous transformation of human nature.” ~ Karl Marx

“The English have all the material requisites for the revolution. What they lack is the spirit of generalization and revolutionary ardour.” ~ Karl Marx

“Revolutions are the locomotives of history.” ~ Karl Marx

“The circulation of capital realizes value, while living labour creates value .” ~ Karl Marx

“So far no chemist has ever discovered exchange-value either in a pearl or a diamond.” ~ Karl Marx

“Fascism in power is the open, terroristic dictatorship of the most reactionary, the most chauvinistic, the most imperialistic elements of finance capitalism.” ~ Karl Marx

“The country that is more developed industrially only shows, to the less developed, the image of its own future.” ~ Karl Marx

“Perseus wore a magic cap that the monsters he hunted down might not see him. We draw the magic cap down over eyes and ears as a make-believe that there are no monsters.” ~ Karl Marx

“But there is a devil of a difference between barbarians who are fit by nature to be used for anything, and civilized people who apply them selves to everything.” ~ Karl Marx

“Centralization of the means of production and socialization of labor at last reach a point where they become incompatible with their capitalist integument.” ~ Karl Marx

“One capitalist always kills many.” ~ Karl Marx

“History repeats itself, first as tragedy, second as farce.” ~ Karl Marx

“A heavy or progressive or graduated income tax is necessary for the proper development of Communism.” ~ Karl Marx

“Reason has always existed, but not always in a reasonable form.” ~ Karl Marx

“The social principles of Christianity preach cowardice, self-contempt, abasement, submission, humility, in a word all the qualities of the canaille.” ~ Karl Marx

“The more of himself man attributes to God, the less he has left in himself.” ~ Karl Marx

“Change the economic base and you will change human beings.” ~ Karl Marx

“Experience praises the most happy the one who made the most people happy.” ~ Karl Marx

“All social life is essentially practical. All mysterious which lead theory to mysticism find their rational solution in human practice and in the comprehension of the practice.” ~ Karl Marx

“Democracy is the road to socialism, and writing for the Reader Weekly is the road to being an unemployed 32-year-old whose relatives still put money in his birthday cards.” ~ Karl Marx

“No production without a need. But consumption reproduces the need.” ~ Karl Marx

“Capital is reckless of the health or length of life of the laborer, unless under compulsion from society.” ~ Karl Marx

“To destroy Christianity, we must first destroy the British Empire.” ~ Karl Marx

“Even an entire society, a nation, or all simultaneously existing societies taken together, are not owners of the earth. They are simply its possessors, its beneficiaries, and have to bequeath it in an improved state to succeeding generations.” ~ Karl Marx

“When commercial capital occupies a position of unquestioned ascendancy, it everywhere constitutes a system of plunder.” ~ Karl Marx

“Machines were, it may be said, the weapon employed by the capitalists to quell the revolt of specialized labor.” ~ Karl Marx

“History does nothing; it does not possess immense riches, it does not fight battles. It is men, real, living, who do all this.” ~ Karl Marx

“There is only one way to kill capitalism – by taxes, taxes, and more taxes.” ~ Karl Marx

“Capital is money, capital is commodities. By virtue of it being value, it has acquired the occult ability to add value to itself. It brings forth living offspring, or, at the least, lays golden eggs.” ~ Karl Marx

“We cannot tell by looking at the diamond that it is a commodity. When it serves as a use-value, asthetic or mechanical, on the breast of a harlot, or in the hand of a glasscutter, it is a diamond and not a commodity.” ~ Karl Marx

“The oppressed are allowed once every few years to decide which particular representatives of the oppressing class are to represent and repress them.” ~ Karl Marx

“All science would be superfluous if the outward appearance and the essence of things directly coincided.” ~ Karl Marx

“The unity is brought about by force .” ~ Karl Marx

“Jaminan kemerdekaan bangsa ialah pada kemerdekaan jiwa.” ~ Karl Marx

“Take away a nation’s heritage and they are more easily persuaded.” ~ Karl Marx

“Force is the midwife of every old society pregnant with a new one.” ~ Karl Marx

“Nothing is more tedious than the dreaming platitude.” ~ Karl Marx

“For the bureaucrat, the world is a mere object to be manipulated by him.” ~ Karl Marx

“Private property has made us so stupid and one-sided that an object is only ours when we have it.” ~ Karl Marx

“The executive of the modern state is but a committee for managing the common affairs of the whole bourgeoisie.” ~ Karl Marx

“Only in community with others has each individual the means of cultivating his gifts in all directions; only in the community, therefore, is personal freedom possible.” ~ Karl Marx

“Each piece of money is a mere coin, or means of circulation, only so long as it actually circulates.” ~ Karl Marx

“The unity of the bourgeoisie can be shaken only by the unity of the proletariat.” ~ Karl Marx

“Life is not determined by consciousness, but consciousness by life.” ~ Karl Marx

“Luxury is the opposite of the naturally necessary.” ~ Karl Marx

“While the miser is merely a capitalist gone mad, the capitalist is a rational miser.” ~ Karl Marx

“In the national struggles of the proletarians of the different countries, they point out and bring to the front the common interest of the entire proletariat, independently of all nationality.” ~ Karl Marx

“Capital brings forth living offspring, or at the least, lays the golden eggs.” ~ Karl Marx

“History calls those men the greatest who have ennobled themselves by working for the common good; experience acclaims as happiest the man who has made the greatest number of people happy.” ~ Karl Marx

“In a word, the free trade system hastens the social revolution. It is in this revolutionary sense alone, gentlemen, that I vote in favor of free trade.” ~ Karl Marx

“In the United States of North America, every independent movement of the workers was paralysed so long as slavery disfigured a part of the Republic. Labour cannot emancipate itself in the white skin where in the black it is branded.” ~ Karl Marx

“Money is the jealous god of Israel, in face of which no other god may exist. Money degrades all the gods of man – and turns them into commodities. Money is the universal self-established value of all things. It has, therefore, robbed the whole world – both the world of men and nature – of its specific value. Money is the estranged essence of man’s work and man’s existence, and this alien essence dominates him, and he worships it.” ~ Karl Marx

“The wealthy man is the man whois much, not the one who has much.” ~ Karl Marx

“Accumulation of wealth at one pole is at the same time accumulation of misery, agony of toil, slavery, ignorance, brutality, mental degradation, at the opposite pole.” ~ Karl Marx

“Bourgeois society ought long ago to have gone to the dogs through sheer idleness; for those of its members who work, acquire nothing, and those who acquire anything, do not work.” ~ Karl Marx

“The windmill gives you society with the feudal lord; the steam mill, society with the industrial capitalist.” ~ Karl Marx

“The masses are the asses.” ~ Karl Marx

“In capitalist society spare time is acquired for one class by converting the whole life-time of the masses into labour-time.” ~ Karl Marx

“The need of a constantly expanding market for its products chases the bourgeoisie over the entire surface of the globe.” ~ Karl Marx

“It’s possible that I shall make an ass of myself. But in that case one can always get out of it with a little dialectic. I have, of course, so worded my proposition as to be right either way.” ~ Karl Marx

“The ruling ideas of each age have ever been the ideas of its ruling class.” ~ Karl Marx

“From each according to his abilities, to each according to his needs.” ~ Karl Marx

“An object of art creates a public capable of finding pleasure in its beauty. Production, therefore, not only produces an object for the subject, but also a subject for the object.” ~ Karl Marx

“Science and democracy are the right and left hands of what I’ll refer to as the move from the realm of necessity to the realm of freedom.” ~ Karl Marx

“The entire so-called history of the world is nothing but the creation of man through human labor.” ~ Karl Marx

“Medicine heals doubts as well as diseases.” ~ Karl Marx

“Advances in science help to delegitimize the rule of kings and the power of the Church.” ~ Karl Marx

“Men can see nothing around them that is not their own image; everything speaks to them of themselves. Their very landscape is alive.” ~ Karl Marx

“Without the presence of class warfare, trade unions would be hard put to justfy their existence.” ~ Karl Marx

“Criticism has plucked the imaginary flowers on the chain not in order that man shall continue to bear that chain without fantasy or consolation, but so that he shall throw off the chain and pluck the living flower.” ~ Karl Marx

“The first requisite for the happiness of the people is the abolition of religion.” ~ Karl Marx

“In my free time I do differential and integral calculus.” ~ Karl Marx

“If Karl, instead of writing a lot about capital, had made a lot of it, it would have been much better.” ~ Karl Marx

“As a beast of toil an ox is fixed capital. If he is eaten, he no longer functions as an instrument of labour, nor as fixed capital either.” ~ Karl Marx

“The human being is in the most literal sense a political animal, not merely a gregarious animal, but an animal which can individuate itself only in the midst of society.” ~ Karl Marx

“Follow your own path, no matter what people say.” ~ Karl Marx

“It is not the consciousness of men that determines their being, but, on the contrary, their social being that determines their consciousness.” ~ Karl Marx

“A circuit performed by a capital and meant to be a periodical process, not an individual act, is called its turnover. The duration of this turnover is determined by the sum of its time of production and its time of circulation.” ~ Karl Marx

“Ignorance never yet helped anybody.” ~ Karl Marx

“Society does not consist of individuals but expresses the sum of interrelations, the relations within which these individuals stand.” ~ Karl Marx

“The development of civilization and industry in general has always shown itself so active in the destruction of forests that everything that has been done for their conservation and production is completely insignificant in comparison.” ~ Karl Marx

“They don’t know it, but they are doing it.” ~ Karl Marx

“The religious world is but a reflex of the real world.” ~ Karl Marx

“If conquest constitutes a natural right on the part of the few, the many have only to gather sufficient strength in order to acquire the natural right of reconquering what has been taken from them.” ~ Karl Marx

“Communism is the riddle of history solved, and it knows itself to be this solution.” ~ Karl Marx

“The burgeoisie, by the rapid improvement of all instruments of production, by the immensely facilitated means of communication, draws all nations into civilization.” ~ Karl Marx

“It would be very difficult, if not altogether impossible, to establish any principle upon which the justice or expedience of capital punishment could be founded in a society glorying in its civilization.” ~ Karl Marx

“Darwin has interested us in the history of nature’s technology.” ~ Karl Marx

“The history of all previous societies has been the history of class struggles.” ~ Karl Marx

“The state is based on this contradiction. It is based on the contradiction between public and private life, between universal and particular interests. For this reason, the state must confine itself to formal, negative activities.” ~ Karl Marx

“The economic concept of value does not occur in antiquity .” ~ Karl Marx

“Religion is the sigh of the oppressed creature, the heart of a heartless world, and the soul of soulless conditions. It is the opium of the people.” ~ Karl Marx

“Surround yourself with people who make you happy. People who make you laugh, who help you when you’re in need. People who genuinely care. They are the ones worth keeping in your life. Everyone else is just passing through.” ~ Karl Marx

“But, in general, the protective system of our day is conservative, while the free trade system is destructive. It breaks up old nationalities and pushes the antagonism of the proletariat and the bourgeoisie to the extreme point. In a word, the free trade system hastens the social revolution. It is in this revolutionary sense alone, gentlemen, that I vote in favor of free trade.” ~ Karl Marx

“The weapon of criticism can never replace the criticism of weapons.” ~ Karl Marx

“The capitalist mode of production and accumulation, and therefore capitalist private property, have for their fundamental condition the annihilation of self-earned private property: in other words, the expropriation of the labourer.” ~ Karl Marx

“Hegel remarks somewhere that all great, world-historical facts and personages occur, as it were, twice. He has forgotten to add: the first time as tragedy, the second as farce.” ~ Karl Marx

“Scientific truth is always paradox, if judged by everyday experience, which catches only the delusive appearance of things.” ~ Karl Marx

“When the train of history hits a curve, the intellectuals fall off.” ~ Karl Marx

“Capitalist production, therefore, develops technology, and the combining together of various processes into a social whole, only by sapping the original sources of all wealth – the soil and the labourer.” ~ Karl Marx

“Social reforms are never carried out by the weakness of the strong; but always by the strength of the weak.” ~ Karl Marx

“The weapon of criticism cannot, of course, replace criticism of the weapon, material force must be overthrown by material force; but theory also becomes a material force as soon as it has gripped the masses. Theory is capable of gripping the masses as soon as it demonstrates ad hominem, and it demonstrates ad hominem as soon as it becomes radical. To be radical is to grasp the root of the matter. But, for man, the root is man himself.” ~ Karl Marx

“There are no circumstances imaginable, not even victory, under which the proletariat should give up its possession of arms.” ~ Karl Marx

“A nation which enslaves another forges its own chains.” ~ Karl Marx

“The demand to give up the illusions about its condition is the demand to give up a condition that needs illusions.” ~ Karl Marx

“The national debt has given rise to joint stock companies, to dealings in negotiable effects of all kinds, and to agiotage, in a word to stock-exchange gambling and the modern bankocracy .” ~ Karl Marx

“The essence of the free press is the reliable, reasonable and moral nature of freedom.” ~ Karl Marx

“The product of mental labor – science – always stands far below its value, because the labor-time necessary to reproduce it has no relation at all to the labor-time required for its original production.” ~ Karl Marx

“Exchange value forms the substance of money, and exchange value is wealth.” ~ Karl Marx

“When a great social revolution shall have mastered the results of the bourgeois epoch, the market of the world and the modern powers of production, and subjected them to the common control of the most advanced peoples, then only will human progress cease to resemble that hideous pagan idol, who would not drink the nectar but from the skulls of the slain.” ~ Karl Marx

“Taxes are the source of life for the bureaucracy, the army and the court, in short, for the whole apparatus of the executive power. Strong government and heavy taxes are identical.” ~ Karl Marx

“Under no pretext should arms and ammunition be surrendered; any attempt to disarm the workers must be frustrated, by force if necessary.” ~ Karl Marx

“Modern society, which, soon after its birth, pulled Plutus by the hair of his head from the bowels of the earth, greets gold as its Holy Grail, as the glittering incarnation of the very principle of its own life.” ~ Karl Marx

“Be aware that the reward for labour, and quantity of labour, are quite disparate things.” ~ Karl Marx

“If I negate powdered wigs, I am still left with unpowdered wigs.” ~ Karl Marx

“Necessity is blind until it becomes conscious. Freedom is the consciousness of necessity.” ~ Karl Marx

“You will have to go through 15, 20, 50 years of civil wars and national struggles not only to bring about a change in society but also to change yourselves, and prepare yourselves for the exercise of political power.” ~ Karl Marx

“Greek philosophy seems to have met with something with which a good tragedy is not supposed to meet, namely, a dull ending.” ~ Karl Marx

“Language is as old as consciousness, language is practical, real consciousness that exists for other men as well, and only therefore does it also exist for me; language, like consciousness, only arises from the need, the necessity, of intercourse with other men.” ~ Karl Marx

“The bourgeoisie of the whole world, which looks complacently upon the wholesale massacre after the battle, is convulsed by horror at the desecration of brick and mortar.” ~ Karl Marx

“The method of production of the material things of life generally determines the social, political and spiritual currents of life.” ~ Karl Marx

“Gold is now money with reference to all other commodities only because it was previously, with reference to them, a simple commodity.” ~ Karl Marx

“If you can cut the people off from their history, then they can be easily persuaded.” ~ Karl Marx

“The world will be for the common people, and the sounds of Happiness will reach even the deepest springs.” ~ Karl Marx

“Just as the savage must wrestle with nature to satisfy his wants, to maintain and reproduce life, so must civilised man, and he must do so in all social formations and under all possible modes of production.” ~ Karl Marx

“Man makes religion, religion does not make man. Religion is indeed man’s self-consciousness and self-awareness as long as he has not found his feet in the universe.” ~ Karl Marx

“I wish to avenge myself against the One who rules above.” ~ Karl Marx

“In place of the old bourgeois society, with its classes and class antagonisms, we shall have an association in which the free development of each is the condition for the free development of all.” ~ Karl Marx

“An increase in the productivity of labour means nothing more than that the same capital creates the same value with less labour, or that less labour creates the same product with more capital.” ~ Karl Marx

“In every stockjobbing swindle every one knows that some time or other the crash must come, but every one hopes that it may fall on the head of his neighbor, after he himself has caught the shower of gold and placed it in safety.” ~ Karl Marx

“Money is the alienated essence of man’s work and existence; this essence dominates him and he worships it.” ~ Karl Marx

“Nothing is easier than to give Christian asceticism a Socialist tinge.” ~ Karl Marx

“In the bureaucracy, the identity of state interest and particular private aim is established in such a way that the state interest becomes a particular private aim over against other private aims.” ~ Karl Marx

“The more the division of labor and the application of machinery extend, the more does competition extend among the workers, the more do their wages shrink together.” ~ Karl Marx

“Wages are a direct consequence of estranged labor, and estranged labor is the direct cause of private property.” ~ Karl Marx

“Money is therefore not only the object but also the fountainhead of greed.” ~ Karl Marx

“The more a ruling class is able to assimilate the most prominent men of a ruled class, the more solid and dangerous its rule.” ~ Karl Marx

“All social rules and all relations between individuals are eroded by a cash economy, avarice drags Pluto himself out of the bowels of the earth.” ~ Karl Marx

“Modern bourgeois society with its relations of production, of exchange, and of property, a society that has conjured up such gigantic means of production and of exchange, is like the sorcerer, who is no longer able to control the powers of the nether world whom he has called up by his spells.” ~ Karl Marx

“Ideas do not exist separately from language.” ~ Karl Marx

“Consumption is also immediately production, just as in nature the consumption of the elements and chemical substances is the production of the plant.” ~ Karl Marx

“Men make their own history but not in circumstances of their own choosing.” ~ Karl Marx

“We have no compassion and we ask no compassion from you. When our turn comes, we shall not make excuses for the terror.” ~ Karl Marx

“Anyone who knows anything of history knows that great social changes are impossible without feminine upheaval. Social progress can be measured exactly by the social position of the fair sex, the ugly ones included.” ~ Karl Marx

“We know that violent measures against religion are nonsense; but this is an opinion: as socialism grows, religion will disappear. Its disappearance must be done by social development, in which education must play a part.” ~ Karl Marx

“Social progress can be measured by the social position of the female sex.” ~ Karl Marx

“The production of too many useful things results in too many useless people.” ~ Karl Marx

“The Communists have no need to introduce free love; it has existed almost from time immemorial.” ~ Karl Marx

“In history as in nature, decay is the laboratory of life.” ~ Karl Marx

“The whole proletariat must be armed at once with muskets, rifles, cannon and ammunition, and the revival of the old-style citizens militia, directed against the workers, must be opposed.” ~ Karl Marx

“We should not say that one man’s hour is worth another man’s hour, but rather that one man during an hour is worth just as much as another man during an hour. Time is everything, man is nothing: he is at the most time’s carcass.” ~ Karl Marx

“A use-value, or useful article, therefore, has value only because abstract human labour is objectified or materialized in it. How, then, is the magnitude of value to be measured? By means of the quantity of the “value-forming substance”, the labour, contained in the article. This quantity is measured by its duration, and the labour-time is itself measured on the particular scale of hours, days etc.” ~ Karl Marx

“The way people get their living determines their social outlook.” ~ Karl Marx

“Be careful to trust a person who does not like wine.” ~ Karl Marx

“Junk food, empty calories and carbs are the Big Data of the masses.” ~ Karl Marx

“The alienation of man thus appeared as the fundamental evil of capitalist society.” ~ Karl Marx

“The traditions of the dead generations weigh like a nightmare upon the living.” ~ Karl Marx

“Religion is the opium of the masses.” ~ Karl Marx

“No sooner is the exploitation of the labourer by the manufacturer, so far, at an end, that he receives his wages in cash, than he is set upon by the other portions of the bourgeoisie, the landlord, the shopkeeper, the pawnbroker, etc.” ~ Karl Marx

“The full man does not understand the wants of the hungry.” ~ Karl Marx

“The redeeming feature of war is that it puts a nation to the test. As exposure to the atmosphere reduces all mummies to instant dissolution, so war passes supreme judgment upon social systems that have outlived their vitality.” ~ Karl Marx

“The true law of economics is chance, and we learned people arbitrarily seize on a few moments and establish them as laws.” ~ Karl Marx

“The will of the capitalist is certainly to take as much as possible. What we have to do is not to talk about his will, but to enquire about his power, the limits of that power, and the character of those limits.” ~ Karl Marx

“Every beginning is difficult, holds in all sciences.” ~ Karl Marx

“I am nothing but I must be everything.” ~ Karl Marx

“Wherever the want of clothing forced them to it, the human race made clothes for thousands of years, without a single man becoming a tailor.” ~ Karl Marx

“Religion is the impotence of the human mind to deal with occurrences it cannot understand.” ~ Karl Marx

“The Tories in England had long imagined that they were enthusiastic about the monarchy, the church and beauties of the old English Constitution, until the day of danger wrung from them the confession that they are enthusiastic only about rent.” ~ Karl Marx

“The more powerful the work, the more powerless the worker.” ~ Karl Marx

“The criticism of Religion is the beginning of all criticism.” ~ Karl Marx

“The first premise of all human history is, of course, the existence of living human individuals. Thus the first fact to be established is the physical organisation of these individuals and their consequent relation to the rest of nature.” ~ Karl Marx

“The worker puts his life into the object; but now it no longer belongs to him, it belongs to the object.” ~ Karl Marx

“Capitalist production does not exist at all without foreign commerce.” ~ Karl Marx

“Society as a whole is more and more splitting up into two great hostile camps.” ~ Karl Marx

“The capitalist knows that all commodities, however scurvy they may look, or however badly they may smell, are in faith and in truth money, inwardly circumcised Jews, and what is more, a wonderful means whereby out of money to make more money.” ~ Karl Marx

“The class struggle necessarily leads to the dictatorship of the proletariat.” ~ Karl Marx

“The best thing for rich people to do is become Batman.” ~ Karl Marx

“The task is not just to understand the world but to change it.” ~ Karl Marx

“Let the ruling classes tremble at a communist revolution. The proletarians have nothing to lose but their chains. They have a world to win. Workingmen of all countries, unite!” ~ Karl Marx

“On a level plain, simple mounds look like hills; and the insipid flatness of our present bourgeoisie is to be measured by the altitude of its great intellects.” ~ Karl Marx

“Constant revolutionizing of production, uninterrupted disturbance of all social conditions, everlasting uncertainty and agitation distinguish the bourgeosis epoch from all earlier ones.” ~ Karl Marx

“Labor in the white skin can never free itself as long as labor in the black skin is branded.” ~ Karl Marx

“In the eyes of dialectical philosophy, nothing is established for all times, nothing is absolute or sacred.” ~ Karl Marx

“Very well then; emancipation from usury and money, that is, from practical, real Judaism, would constitute the emancipation of our time.” ~ Karl Marx

“All that is solid melts into air, all that is holy is profaned, and man is at last compelled to face with sober senses, his real conditions of life, and his relations with his kind. The.” ~ Karl Marx

“Communism deprives no man of the ability to appropriate the fruits of his labour. The only thing it deprives him of is the ability to enslave others by means of such appropriations.” ~ Karl Marx

“Communism begins where atheism begins…” ~ Karl Marx

“The most violent, mean and malignant passions of the human breast, the Furies of private interest.” ~ Karl Marx

“Religion is only the illusory sun which revolves round man as long as he does not revolve round himself.” ~ Karl Marx

“Just as man is governed, in religion, by the products of his own brain, so, in capitalist production, he is governed by the products of his own hand.” ~ Karl Marx

“Civil servants and priests, soldiers and ballet-dancers, schoolmasters and police constables, Greek museums and Gothic steeples, civil list and services list – the common seed within which all these fabulous beings slumber in embryo is taxation.” ~ Karl Marx

“All mythology masters and dominates and shapes the forces of nature in and through the imagination; hence it disappears as soon as man gains mastery over the forces of nature.” ~ Karl Marx

“There is only one effective antidote for mental suffering and that is physical pain.” ~ Karl Marx

“The circulation of commodities is the original precondition of the circulation of money.” ~ Karl Marx

“All our inventions have endowed material forces with intellectual life, and degraded human life into a material force.” ~ Karl Marx

“It is not history which uses men as a means of achieving – as if it were an individual person – its own ends. History is nothing but the activity of men in pursuit of their ends.” ~ Karl Marx

“The theory of Communism may be summed up in one sentence: Abolish all private property.” ~ Karl Marx

“Hazrat Mahal, Begum of Oudh, during the national liberation uprising of 1857-59 in India headed the rebels.” ~ Karl Marx

“One of the most difficult tasks confronting philosophers is to descend from the world of thought to the actual world.” ~ Karl Marx

“Catch a man a fish, and you can sell it to him. Teach a man to fish, and you ruin a wonderful business opportunity.” ~ Karl Marx

“In proportion therefore, as the repulsiveness of the work increases, the wage decreases.” ~ Karl Marx

“In reality, the labourer belongs to capital before he has sold himself to capital.” ~ Karl Marx

“Perseus wore a magic cap down over his eyes and ears as a make-believe that there are no monsters.” ~ Karl Marx

“Titles of property, for instance railway shares, may change hands every day, and their owner may make a profit by their sale even in foreign countries, so that titles to property are exportable, although the railway itself is not.” ~ Karl Marx

“The directing motive, the end and aim of capitalist production, is to extract the greatest possible amount of surplus value, and consequently to exploit labor-power to the greatest possible extent.” ~ Karl Marx

“The imaginary flowers of religion adorn man’s chains. Man must throw off the flowers, and also the chains.” ~ Karl Marx

“Marx’s father became a Christian when Marx was a little boy, and some, at least, of the dogmas he must have then accepted seem to have born fruit in his son’s psychology.” ~ Karl Marx

“Every emancipation is a restoration of the human world and of human relationships to a man himself.” ~ Karl Marx

“Men make their own history, but they do not make it as they please; they do not make it under self-selected circumstances, but under circumstances existing already, given and transmitted from the past. The tradition of all dead generations weighs like a nightmare on the brains of the living.” ~ Karl Marx

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