Quotes of Karl Marx

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

- Karl Marx

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

- Karl Marx

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

- Karl Marx

“ Revolutions are the locomotives of history. ”

- Karl Marx

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

- Karl Marx

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

- Karl Marx

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

- Karl Marx

“ In a higher phase of communist society, after the enslaving subordination of the individual to the division of labor, and therewith also the antithesis between mental and physical labor, has vanished; after labor has become not only a means of life but life's prime want; after the productive forces have also increased with the allaround development of the individual, and all the springs of cooperative wealth flow more abundantly—only then can the narrow horizon of bourgeois right be crossed in its entirety and society inscribe on its banners: From each according to his ability, to each according to his needs! ”

- Karl Marx

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

- Karl Marx

“ 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

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

- Karl Marx

“ ...[G]reat progress was evident in the last Congress of the American 'Labour Union' in that among other things, it treated working women with complete equality. While in this respect the English, and still more the gallant French, are burdened with a spirit of narrowmindedness. Anybody who knows anything of history knows that great social changes are impossible without the feminine ferment. Social progress can be measured exactly by the social position of the fair sex (the ugly ones included). ”

- Karl Marx

“ The philosophers have only interpreted the world, in various ways. The point, however, is to change it. [These words are also inscribed upon his grave] ”

- 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

“ 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 class which has the means of material production at its disposal, has control at the same time over the means of mental production, so that thereby, generally speaking, the ideas of those who lack the means of mental production are subject to it. The ruling ideas are nothing more than the ideal expression of the dominant material relationships, the dominant material relationships grasped as ideas. ”

- Karl Marx

“ Moments are the elements of profit ”

- Karl Marx

“ As individuals express their life, so they are. ”

- Karl Marx

“ The foundation of irreligious criticism is: Man makes religion, religion does not make man. Religion is, indeed, the selfconsciousness and selfesteem of man who has either not yet won through to himself, or has already lost himself again. But man is no abstract being squatting outside the world. Man is the world of man – state, society. This state and this society produce religion, which is an inverted consciousness of the world, because they are an inverted world... Religious suffering is, at one and the same time, the expression of real suffering and a protest against real suffering. 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. The abolition of religion as the illusory happiness of the people is the demand for their real happiness. To call on them to give up their illusions about their condition is to call on them to give up a condition that requires illusions. The criticism of religion is, therefore, in embryo, the criticism of that vale of tears of which religion is the halo. 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. The criticism of religion disillusions man, so that he will think, act, and fashion his reality like a man who has discarded his illusions and regained his senses, so that he will move around himself as his own true Sun. Religion is only the illusory Sun which revolves around man as long as he does not revolve around himself. ”

- Karl Marx

“ Then the world will be for the common people, and the sounds of happiness will reach the deepest springs. Ah! Come! People of every land, how can you not be roused. ”

- Karl Marx

“ Christ represents originally: 1) men before God; 2) God for men; 3) men to man. Similarly, money represents originally, in accordance with the idea of money: 1) private property for private property; 2) society for private property; 3) private property for society. But Christ is alienated God and alienated man. God has value only insofar as he represents Christ, and man has value only insofar as he represents Christ. It is the same with money. ”

- 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

“ To call on them to give up their illusions about their condition is to call on them to give up a condition that requires illusions. The criticism of religion is therefore in embryo the criticism of that vale of tears of which religion is the halo ”

- Karl Marx

“ 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

“ 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

“ I am a machine condemned to devour books. ”

- 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

“ I am a machine condemned to devour books. ”

- Karl Marx

“ Defining by a general law the expenditures on the...school....is a very different thing from appointing the state as educator of the people. Government and church should rather be equally excluded from any influence on the school. ”

- Karl Marx

“ Defining by a general law the expenditures on the...school....is a very different thing from appointing the state as educator of the people. Government and church should rather be equally excluded from any influence on the school. ”

- Karl Marx

“ I am a machine condemned to devour books. ”

- Karl Marx
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