November 30, 2016

Karl Marx Quotes

“A commodity appears at first sight an extremely obvious, trivial thing. But its analysis brings out that it is a very strange thing, abounding in metaphysical subtleties and theological niceties.”

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

“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.”

“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.”

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

“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.”

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

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

“Colonial system, public debts, heavy taxes, protection, commercial wars, etc., these offshoots of the period of manufacture swell to gigantic proportions during the period of infancy of large-scale industry. The birth of the latter is celebrated by a vast, Hero-like slaughter of the innocents.”

“Communism is for us not a state of affairs which is to be established, an ideal to which reality have to adjust itself. We call communism the real movement which abolishes the present state of things. The conditions of this movement result from the premises now in existence.”

“Democracy is the road to socialism.”

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

“Everyone who knows anything of history also knows that great social revolutions are impossible without the feminine ferment. Social progress may be measured precisely by the social position of the fair sex (plain ones included).”

“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.”

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

“He 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.”

“He very cannibalism of the counterrevolution will convince the nations that there is only one way in which the murderous death agonies of the old society and the bloody birth throes of the new society can be shortened, simplified and concentrated, and that way is revolutionary terror.”

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

“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.”

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

“I pre-suppose, of course, a reader who is willing to learn something new and therefore to think for himself.”

“If anything is certain, it is that I myself am not a Marxist”

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

“In a higher phase of communist society… only then can the narrow horizon of bourgeois right be fully left behind and society inscribe on its banners: from each according to his ability, to each according to his needs.”

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

“In communist society, where nobody has one exclusive sphere of activity but each can become accomplished in any branch he wishes, society regulates the general production and thus makes it possible for me to do one thing today and another tomorrow, to hunt in the morning, fish in the afternoon, rear cattle in the evening, criticize after dinner, just as I have a mind, without ever becoming hunter, fisherman, shepherd or critic.”

“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.”

“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.”

“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.”

“Medicine heals doubts as well as diseases.”

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

“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.”

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

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

“Nothing has changed in Russia’s policy. Her methods, her tactics, her maneuvers may change, but the pole star — world domination — is immutable.”

“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.”

“Philosophy is to the real world as masturbation is to sex.”

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

“Private property has made us so stupid and partial that an object is only ours when we have it, when it exists for us as capital… Thus all the physical and intellectual senses have been replaced by… the sense of having.”

“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.”

“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.”

“Revolutions are the locomotives of history.”

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

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

“Society is undergoing a silent revolution, which must be submitted to, and which takes no more notice of the human existences it breaks down than an earthquake regards the houses it subverts. The classes and the races, too weak to master the new conditions of life, must give way.”

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

“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.”

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

“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.”

“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 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.”

“The ideas of the ruling class are in every epoch the ruling ideas, i.e., the class which is the ruling material force of society, is at the same time its ruling intellectual force.”

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

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

“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.”

“The only antidote to mental suffering is physical pain.”

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

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

“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.”

“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 Communism may be summed up in one sentence: Abolish all private property.”

“The unity is brought about by force.”

“The worker of the world has nothing to lose, but their chains, workers of the world unite.”

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

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

“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.”

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

“Unlimited exploitation of cheap labour-power is the sole foundation of their power to compete.”

“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.”

“What is the secular basis of Judaism? Practical need, self-interest. What is the worldly religion of the Jew? Huckstering. What is his worldly God? Money.”

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

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

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