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257 Inspiring Quotes by Karl Marx

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Wikipedia Summary for Karl Marx

Karl Heinrich Marx (German: [maʁks]; 5 May 1818 – 14 March 1883) was a German philosopher, economist, historian, sociologist, political theorist, journalist and socialist revolutionary. Born in Trier, Germany, Marx studied law and philosophy at university. He married Jenny von Westphalen in 1843. Due to his political publications, Marx became stateless and lived in exile with his wife and children in London for decades, where he continued to develop his thought in collaboration with German thinker Friedrich Engels and publish his writings, researching in the reading room of the British Museum. His best-known titles are the 1848 pamphlet The Communist Manifesto and the three-volume Das Kapital (1867–1883). Marx's political and philosophical thought had enormous influence on subsequent intellectual, economic and political history. His name has been used as an adjective, a noun, and a school of social theory.

Marx's critical theories about society, economics, and politics, collectively understood as Marxism, hold that human societies develop through class conflict. In the capitalist mode of production, this manifests itself in the conflict between the ruling classes (known as the bourgeoisie) that control the means of production and the working classes (known as the proletariat) that enable these means by selling their labour-power in return for wages. Employing a critical approach known as historical materialism, Marx predicted that capitalism produced internal tensions like previous socioeconomic systems and that those would lead to its self-destruction and replacement by a new system known as the socialist mode of production.

For Marx, class antagonisms under capitalism, owing in part to its instability and crisis-prone nature, would eventuate the working class' development of class consciousness, leading to their conquest of political power and eventually the establishment of a classless, communist society constituted by a free association of producers. Marx actively pressed for its implementation, arguing that the working class should carry out organised proletarian revolutionary action to topple capitalism and bring about socio-economic emancipation.

Marx has been described as one of the most influential figures in human history and his work has been both lauded and criticised. His work in economics laid the basis for some current theories about labour and its relation to capital. Many intellectuals, labour unions, artists and political parties worldwide have been influenced by Marx's work, with many modifying or adapting his ideas. Marx is typically cited as one of the principal architects of modern social science.


man holding brown violin

Junk food, empty calories and carbs are the big data of the masses.

--Karl Marx

woman doing yoga on rock platform next to body of water

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

elephant play with brown sand

In my free time I do differential and integral calculus.

--Karl Marx

bird on pier

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

--Karl Marx



purple-petaled flower on selective focus photography

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

--Karl Marx




person in blue denim jeans and brown leather boots

Machines were, it may be said, the weapon employed by the capitalists to quell the revolt of specialized labor.

--Karl Marx


black Sony point-and-shoot camera on yellow surface

The task of abolishing the essence of Jewry is in truth the task of abolishing Jewry in civil society, abolishing the inhumanity of today's practice of life, the summit of which is the money system.

--Karl Marx



brown tree on surrounded by brown grass during golden hour

Men's ideas are the most direct emanations of their material state.

--Karl Marx

blue sky and white clouds

Money appears as measure (in Homer, e.g. oxen) earlier than as medium of exchange, because in barter each commodity is still its own medium of exchange. But it cannot be its own or its own standard of comparison.

--Karl Marx


brown and gray stick

They don't know it, but they are doing it.

--Karl Marx

body of water under blue sky during sunset

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

--Karl Marx

yellow green leaf

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

brown, black, and white butterfly on purple petaled flower photo

Money is therefore not only the object but also the fountainhead of greed.

--Karl Marx

brown wallpaper

There is no royal road to science, and only those who do not dread the fatiguing climb of its steep paths have a chance of gaining its luminous summits.

--Karl Marx

low angle view of blue clouds

Wages are determined by the bitter struggle between capitalist and worker.

--Karl Marx



blue

Philosophers have hitherto interpreted the world in various ways; the point, however, is to change it.

--Karl Marx




white wall paint with black shadow

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

people raises hands

The Proletarians have nothing to lose but their chains.

--Karl Marx

rocky mountain

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

Bright orange to dark red gradient

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

aerial photography of mountain range covered with snow under white and blue sky at daytime

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

silhouette of man standing on rock while looking in sky

The proletarians have nothing to loose but their chains. They have a world to win.

--Karl Marx

blue rose with water droplet

As exchange-values, all commodities are merely definite quantities of congealed labour-time.

--Karl Marx

clear hour glass beside pink flowers

The entire so-called history of the world is nothing but the creation of man through human labor.

--Karl Marx


silhouette of mountains under blue sky during daytime

There is only one way to kill capitalism -- by taxes, taxes, and more taxes.

--Karl Marx

yellow and purple flower with white background

In bourgeois society capital is independent and has individuality, while the living person is dependent and has no individuality.

--Karl Marx

low-angle photo of white daisy

Although gold and silver are not by nature money, money is by nature gold and silver.

--Karl Marx

river between trees under blue sky

Natural science will in time incorporate into itself the science of man, just as the science of man will incorporate into itself natural science: there will be one science.

--Karl Marx

Vincent Van Gogh self portrait painting on wall

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

shallow focus photography of red flower

Music is the mirror of reality.

--Karl Marx

man skiing on land

The unity is brought about by force .

--Karl Marx

pink and white clouds

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

pink, red, and black digital wallpaper

2 is a proletariat prime, but 4, 6 and 8 are also composite proletariats. Composites of the world unite; you have nothing to lose but your chains!

--Karl Marx

yellow tulip flowers

Without doubt, machinery has greatly increased the number of well-to-do idlers.

--Karl Marx

green artificial palm tree on seashore

All our invention and progress seem to result in endowing material forces with intellectual life, and stultifying human life into a material force.

--Karl Marx

yellow sunflower in close up photography

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

--Karl Marx

red strawberry fruit on red surface

Religion is the sigh of the oppressed creature, the heart of a heartless world, just as it is the spirit of a spiritless situation.

--Karl Marx

yellow flower in green grass field

If the labourer consumes his disposable time for himself, he robs the capitalist.

--Karl Marx

chocolate

Every provisional political set-up following a revolution requires a dictatorship, and an energetic dictatorship at that.

--Karl Marx

dew drops on glass panel

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







brown tree branch during daytime

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


purple flowers under cloudy sky

The method of production of the material things of life generally determines the social, political and spiritual currents of life.

--Karl Marx

silhouette of man on top of hill overlooking lighted city at dawn

When the labourer co-operates systematically with others, he strips off the fetters of his individuality, and develops the capabilities of his species.

--Karl Marx


desert under blue skies

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


body of water photo

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

snow-capped mountain at the horizon viewed from lake dock

If production be capitalistic in form, so, too, will be reproduction.

--Karl Marx

white flower in grayscale photography

The way people get their living determines their social outlook.

--Karl Marx


clear hour glass with brown frame

Capital is dead labour, which, vampire-like, lives only by sucking living labor, and lives the more, the more labour it sucks.

--Karl Marx

palm tree under orange sky

Capital is reckless of the health or length of life of the laborer, unless under compulsion from society.

--Karl Marx

three person looking stars and milky way

Every emancipation is a restoration of the human world and of human relationships to a man himself.

--Karl Marx

Arizona landscape rain

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



Close-up of a white line on green grass in a soccer field

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

--Karl Marx


sunset

So far no chemist has ever discovered exchange-value either in a pearl or a diamond.

--Karl Marx

pink and white clouds

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



brown desert under sunny sky

The first step in the revolution by the working class, is to raise the proletariat to the position of ruling class, to win the battle for democracy.

--Karl Marx

man in black tank top standing near tree under starry night

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

brown and gray mountains during daytime

Landlords, like all other men, love to reap where they never sowed.

--Karl Marx

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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

tan wallpaper

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

--Karl Marx

man and woman holding hands in silhouette photography

The only antidote to mental suffering is physical pain.

--Karl Marx


cluster of stars in the sky

Fallen wood... has a little organic connection with the growing tree as the cast-off skin has with the snake.

--Karl Marx

None

But capitalist production begets,with the inexorability of a law of Nature, its own negation. It is the negation of negation.

--Karl Marx

red flowers with water droplets

The writer may very well serve a movement of history as its mouthpiece, but he cannot of course create it.

--Karl Marx

brown tree on surrounded by brown grass during golden hour

The bureaucracy takes itself to be the ultimate purpose of the state.

--Karl Marx


assorted-color beach houses

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

yellow sunflower in close up photography

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



full moon in the sky

The economic concept of value does not occur in antiquity .

--Karl Marx

purple flowers under cloudy sky

There are no bigger donkeys than these workers.... Look at our 'craftsmen'; Sad that world history should be be made with such people.

--Karl Marx


silhouette of person on top of mountain pointing flashlight on sky filled with stars at night time

The Jews of Poland are the smeariest of all races.

--Karl Marx

body of water under clear blue sky painting

Labor in the white skin can never free itself as long as labor in the black skin is branded.

--Karl Marx

closed door

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


black sailing boat digital wallpaper

My object in life is to dethrone God and destroy capitalism.

--Karl Marx

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Since the working-class lives from hand to mouth,it buys as long as it has the means to buy.

--Karl Marx

silhouette of mountain

The consciousness of the past weighs like a nightmare on the brain of the living.

--Karl Marx

selective focus photo of four green humming birds with red flowers

There is a specter haunting Europe, the specter of Communism.

--Karl Marx


adult black and white dog leaning on wooden fence

Experience praises the most happy the one who made the most people happy.

--Karl Marx

purple-petaled flower on selective focus photography

When commercial capital occupies a position of unquestioned ascendancy, it everywhere constitutes a system of plunder.

--Karl Marx

macro photography water drops

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


black dog photography

Revolutions are the locomotives of history.

--Karl Marx

red tulip in bloom during daytime

The history of all previous societies has been the history of class struggles.

--Karl Marx

Longer Version:

The history of all hitherto existing society is the history of class struggles.

Freeman and slave, patrician and plebeian, lord and serf, guildmaster and journeyman, in a word, oppressor and oppressed, stood in constant opposition to one another, carried on an uninterrupted, now hidden, now open fight, that each time ended, either in the revolutionary reconstitution of society at large, or in the common ruin of the contending classes.


men's white dress shirt

All commodities, as values, are realized human labours.

--Karl Marx


shallow focus photography of orange flower

Art is always and everywhere the secret confession, and at the same time the immortal movement of its time.

--Karl Marx

blue sky with stars during night time

Men make their own history, but they do not make it as they please.

--Karl Marx

Longer Version:

Men make their own history, but they do not make it just as they please; they do not make it under circumstances chosen by themselves, but under circumstances directly encountered, given and transmitted from the past. The tradition of all the dead generations weighs like a nightmare on the brain of the living.



yellow sunflower in close up photography

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

running white, brown, and black dog

The religious world is but a reflex of the real world.

--Karl Marx

running white, brown, and black dog

Be careful to trust a person who does not like wine.

--Karl Marx

pink and green flower painting

There is only one effective antidote for mental suffering and that is physical pain.

--Karl Marx


couple standing on grass field mountain

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

--Karl Marx


closed white painted door with exit signage

Representative government is deciding once in three or six years which member of the ruling class was to misrepresent the people in Parliament,.

--Karl Marx

brown tree branch during daytime

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

silhouette of mountains under blue sky during daytime

Value, therefore, does not stalk about with a label describing what it is.

--Karl Marx

green forest during daytime

The past lies like a nightmare upon the present.

--Karl Marx


clear hour glass

There is a physical relation between physical things. But it is different with commodities.

--Karl Marx

white textile on brown textile

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

red and black logo

All I know is I'm not a Marxist.

--Karl Marx

crescent moon above mountain

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

--Karl Marx


photo of giraffe

Labour is ... not the only source of material wealth, i.e, of the use-values it produces. As William Petty says, Labour is the father of material wealth, the earth is its mother.

--Karl Marx


silhouette photography of person in gray sailing boat in the middle of body of water

Necessity is blind until it becomes conscious. Freedom is the consciousness of necessity.

--Karl Marx

pink and red flowers

So long as the product is sold, everything is taking its regular course from the standpoint of the capitalist producer.

--Karl Marx


island during daytime

Hitherto, every form of society has been based ... on the antagonism of oppressing and oppressed classes.

--Karl Marx


gray building

Society does not consist of individuals but expresses the sum of interrelations, the relations within which these individuals stand.

--Karl Marx

houses and trees during nighttime

No revolution is made out of shame. I reply: Shame is already revolution of a kind.

--Karl Marx


empty brown concrete stairs beside green grass under starry sky long-exposure photography

Society as a whole is more and more splitting up into two great hostile camps.

--Karl Marx

person standing on rock beside body of water between green trees

Philosophy stands in the same relation to the study of the actual world as masturbation to sexual love.

--Karl Marx

man sitting on concrete brick with opened laptop on his lap

Philosophers have hitherto interpreted the world in various way; the point, however, is to change it.

--Karl Marx

snow covered mountain during daytime

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

three pink tulip flowers

The unity of the bourgeoisie can be shaken only by the unity of the proletariat.

--Karl Marx

pink and white flower in close up photography

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

silver bell alarm clock

The working men have no country. We cannot take away from them what they have not got.

--Karl Marx

round black clock on linen

The traditions of the dead generations weigh like a nightmare upon the living.

--Karl Marx

red and pink flowers

In this sense, the theory of the Communists may be summed up in the single sentence: Abolition of private property.

--Karl Marx

green background

Nothing can have value without being an object of utility.

--Karl Marx



white wall tiles

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

snow-covered mountain near lake under blue sky

Religion is the opiate of the people.

--Karl Marx





white textile on brown wooden table

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

green trees on mountain during daytime

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

close-up photography of heart shaped fairy lite on brown sand

Napoleon swept away everywhere the establishments of feudality. ... He was Caesar himself.

--Karl Marx

shallow focus photography of condenser microphone

If I negate powdered wigs, I am still left with unpowdered wigs.

--Karl Marx

man in black jacket and pants jumping on white rock

A specter is haunting Europe -- the specter of communism.

--Karl Marx

Longer Version:

A specter is haunting Europe--the specter of Communism. All the powers of old Europe have entered into a holy alliance to exorcise this specter; Pope and Czar, Metternich and Guizot, French radicals and German police spies.

Where is the party in opposition that has not been decried as Communistic by its opponents in power? Where the opposition that has not hurled back the branding reproach of Communism, against the more advanced opposition parties, as well as against its reactionary adversaries?

Two things result from this fact.

I. Communism is already acknowledged by all European powers to be in itself a power.

II. It is high time that Communists should openly, in the face of the whole world, publish their views, their aims, their tendencies, and meet this nursery tale of the Specter of Communism with a Manifesto of the party itself.


orange moon during nighttime

The alienation of man thus appeared as the fundamental evil of capitalist society.

--Karl Marx


white flower with black background

The Communists have no need to introduce free love; it has existed almost from time immemorial.

--Karl Marx


four white balloons on white wall

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


brown and white dog in close-up photography

To be radical is to grasp things by the root.

--Karl Marx

white stars cutout on black surface with red string

The meaning of peace is the absence of opposition to socialism.

--Karl Marx

man in black and white striped shirt sitting on brown rock during daytime

Go on, get out! Last words are for fools who haven't said enough!

--Karl Marx

white stars cutout on black surface with red string

One basis for life and another basis for science is a priori a lie.

--Karl Marx

grayscale photography of woman

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

green leafed tree with sunlight at daytime

Misery motivates, not utopia.

--Karl Marx

rock mountain during starry night

The production of too many useful things results in too many useless people.

--Karl Marx

yellow and white painted wall

It has created enormous cities, has greatly increased the urban population as compared with the rural, and has thus rescued a considerable part of the population from the idiocy of rural life.

--Karl Marx

pink lotus flower on clear body of water

The leading princes are the most servile tools of English despotism... The native princes are the stronghold of the present abominable English system.

--Karl Marx

blue sky with stars during night time

Money plays the largest part in determining the course of history.

--Karl Marx

pink

Fascism in power is the open, terroristic dictatorship of the most reactionary, the most chauvinistic, the most imperialistic elements of finance capitalism.

--Karl Marx



black pug puppy on white and pink textile

The last capitalist we hang shall be the one who sold us the rope.

--Karl Marx

pink and white flower in close up photography

Let the ruling classes tremble at a Communistic revolution. The proletarians have nothing to lose but their chains. They have a world to win.
Workingmen of all countries unite!

--Karl Marx



tree and pink sky painting

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

Longer Version:

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 labor of others by means of such appropriation.

It has been objected, that upon the abolition of private property all work will cease, and universal laziness will overtake us.

According to this, 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.


women's black and pink monokini

Merely quantitative differences, beyond a certain point, pass into qualitative changes.

--Karl Marx

red tulip in bloom during daytime

For the bureaucrat, the world is a mere object to be manipulated by him.

--Karl Marx




time lapse photography of fire

Social progress can be measured by the social position of the female sex.

--Karl Marx

green plants beside brown wooden door

Religion is the impotence of the human mind to deal with occurrences it cannot understand.

--Karl Marx


white concrete wall during daytime

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




empty seashore near high-rise building

History is not like some individual person, which uses men to achieve its ends. History is nothing but the actions of men in pursuit of their ends.

--Karl Marx

pink tulip flower

The essence of the free press is the reliable, reasonable and moral nature of freedom.

--Karl Marx

close up shot of white flower

Everyone of our relationships with nature and man must be a definite expression of our real, individual life.

--Karl Marx

raging waves through shores

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

--Karl Marx


woman wearing black top standing near yellow wall

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

blue wall during daytime

A people without a heritage are easily persuaded.

--Karl Marx

silver bell alarm clock

In reality, the labourer belongs to capital before he has sold himself to capital.

--Karl Marx

Longer Version:

In reality, the laborer belongs to capital before he has sold himself to capital. His economic bondage is both brought about and concealed by the periodic sale of himself, by his change of masters, and by the oscillation in the market price of labor power. Capitalist production, therefore, under its aspect of a continuous connected process, of a process of reproduction, produces not only commodities, not only surplus value, but it also produces and reproduces the capitalist relation; on the one side the capitalist, on the other the wage-laborer.



starry night in Texas

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

brown and white wooden star print board

A heavy progressive or graduated income tax.

--Karl Marx

pair of white lace-up shoes

Money is the alienated essence of man's work and existence; this essence dominates him and he worships it.

--Karl Marx

crack in wall

Money degrades all the gods of man and converts them into commodities.

--Karl Marx

pink rose in bloom close up photo

The executive of the modern state is but a committee for managing the common affairs of the whole bourgeoisie.

--Karl Marx

body of water photo

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

brown brick wall photography

Last words are for fools who haven't said enough.

--Karl Marx

selective focus photography of orange and beige butterfly on purple flowers

Man makes religion, religion does not make man.

--Karl Marx

bunch of tulips flower on wooden surface

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

man in black suit jacket and woman in blue dress kissing during daytime

I am nothing but I must be everything.

--Karl Marx

brown rock formation on body of water during daytime

Workers of the world unite; you have nothing to lose but your chains.

--Karl Marx

close-up photo of two men shaking hands near beach at sunset

The ruling ideas of each age have ever been the ideas of its ruling class.

--Karl Marx

three books on surface

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

person walking on snowfield

When the sufferers learn to think, then the thinkers will learn to suffer.

--Karl Marx

white rock formation on sea during daytime

Surplus-value and the rate of surplus-value are... the invisible essence to be investigated, whereas the rate of profit and hence the form of surplus-value as profit are visible surface phenomena.

--Karl Marx

silhouette of flying bird

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


jumping on snow covered mountain during daytime

Nothing is more tedious than the dreaming platitude.

--Karl Marx




snow-capped mountain at the horizon viewed from lake dock

When the train of history hits a curve, the intellectuals fall off.

--Karl Marx


white and gray floral bed sheet

It might otherwise appear paradoxical that money can be replaced by worthless paper; but that the slightest alloying of its metallic content depreciates it.

--Karl Marx


person holding sunflower

The bourgeoisie, in truth, is bound to fear the stupidity of the masses so long as they remain conservative, and the insight of the masses as soon as they become revolutionary.

--Karl Marx

blue

Free education for all children in public schools... Combination of education with industrial production.

--Karl Marx

None

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

grassland landscape

We will hang the capitalists with the rope that they sell us.

--Karl Marx

red and pink flowers

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

Arizona landscape

Since only what is material is perceptible, knowable, nothing is known of the existence of God.

--Karl Marx

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The social revolution...cannot draw its poetry from the past, but only from the future. It cannot begin with itself before it has stripped itself of all superstitions concerning the past.

--Karl Marx

person wearing orange and gray Nike shoes walking on gray concrete stairs

Religion is only the illusory sun which revolves round man as long as he does not revolve round himself.

--Karl Marx

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The philosophers have only interpreted the world, in various ways; the point is to change it.

--Karl Marx

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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

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A commodity appears, at first sight, a very trivial thing, and easily understood. Its analysis shows that it is, in reality, a very queer thing, abounding in metaphysical subtleties and theological niceties.

--Karl Marx

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But capital not only lives upon labour. Like a master, at once distinguished and barbarous, it drags with it into its grave the corpses of its slaves, whole hecatombs of workers, who perish in the crises.

--Karl Marx


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