Karl Marx Quotes


Best 76 Quotes by Karl Marx – Page 1 of 3

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

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

“Communism is the genuine resolution of the antagonism between man and nature and between man and man; it is the true resolution of the conflict between existence and essence, objectification and self-affirmation, freedom and necessity, individual and species. It is the riddle of history solved and knows itself as the solution.”

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

“Every opinion based on scientific criticism I welcome.”

“Every step of real movement is more important than a dozen programmes.”

“Everyone who knows anything of history also knows that great social revolutions are impossible without the feminine ferment.”

“From each according to their ability, to each according to their need.”

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

“I am a machine condemned to devour books.”

“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.”

“Ignorance never yet helped anybody.”

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

“It is well known how the monks wrote silly lives of Catholic Saints over the manuscripts on which the classical works of ancient heathendom had been written.”

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

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“A surrogate activity is an activity that is directed toward an artificial goal that the individual pursues for the sake of the 'fulfillment' that he gets from pursuing the goal, not because he needs to attain the goal itself.

For instance, there is no practical motive for building enormous muscles, hitting a little ball into a hole or acquiring a complete series of postage stamps. Yet many people in our society devote themselves with passion to bodybuilding, golf or stamp-collecting.

Some people are more 'other-directed' than others, and therefore will more readily attach importance to a surrogate activity simply because the people around them treat it as important or because society tells them it is important.

That is why some people get very serious about essentially trivial activities such as sports, or bridge, or chess, or arcane scholarly pursuits, whereas others who are more clear-sighted never see these things as anything but the surrogate activities that they are, and consequently never attach enough importance to them to satisfy their need for the power process in that way.”

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

“Neither of us cares a straw for popularity. When Engels and I first joined the secret Communist Society we made it a condition that everything tending to encourage superstitious belief in authority was to be removed from the statutes.”

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

“Private property has made us so stupid and one-sided that an object is only ours when we have it - when it exists for us as capital, or when it is directly possessed, eaten, drunk, worn, inhabited, etc., - in short, when it is used by us. Although private property itself again conceives all these direct realizations of possession as means of life, and the life which they serve as means is the life of private property - labour and conversion into capital. In place of all these physical and mental senses there has therefore come the sheer estrangement of all these senses – the sense of having. The human being had to be reduced to this absolute poverty in order that he might yield his inner wealth to the outer world.”

“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 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.”

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

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

“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.”

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

“The increase in value of the world of things is directly proportional to the decrease in value of the human world.”

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

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“If, by chance, someone among those men of extraordinary talent is found who has firmness of soul and who refuses to yield to the genius of his age and to debase himself with childish works, woe unto him! He will die in poverty and oblivion.”

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