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Karl Marx (1818-1883) quotes

 

  • Capital is dead labor, which, vampire-like, lives only by sucking living labor, and lives the more, the more labor it sucks.
  • Experience praises the most happy the one who made the most people happy.
  • For the bureaucrat, the world is a mere object to be manipulated by him.
  • From each according to his abilities, to each according to his needs.
  • History does nothing; it does not possess immense riches, it does not fight battles. It is men, real, living, who do all this.
  • Landlords, like all other men, love to reap where they never sowed.
  • 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!
  • Machines were, it may be said, the weapon employed by the capitalists to quell the revolt of specialized labor.
  • Nothing can have value without being an object of utlity.
  • Reason has always existed, but not always in a reasonable form.
  • Religion is the impotence of the human mind to deal with occurrences it cannot understand.
  • Religion is the opium of the masses.
  • Revolutions are the locomotives of history.
  • Sell a man a fish, he eats for a day, teach a man how to fish, you ruin a wonderful business opportunity.
  • The country that is more developed industrially only shows, to the less developed, the image of its own future.
  • The first requisite for the happiness of the people is the abolition of religion.
  • The history of all previous societies has been the history of class struggles.
  • The oppressed are allowed once every few years to decide which particular representatives of the oppressing class are to represent and repress them.
  • The production of too many useful things results in too many useless people.
  • The rich will do anything for the poor but get off their backs.
  • The ruling ideas of each age have ever been the ideas of its ruling class.
  • The theory of Communists may be summed up in one sentence: Abolish all private property.