Karl Marx Quotes

Who is Karl Marx?

Karl Heinrich Marx was a German philosopher, economist and political theorist known as the author of 'The Communist Manifesto', and 'Das Kapital' (The Capital).

Born May 05, 1818
Died March 14, 1883

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Best 76 Quotes by Karl Marx

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

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

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“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.”

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

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“Every opinion based on scientific criticism I welcome.”

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

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

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

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

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“I am a machine condemned to devour books.”

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

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

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“Ignorance never yet helped anybody.”

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

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“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.”

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

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

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“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.”

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

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“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.”

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

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

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“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.”

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“Revolutions are the locomotives of history.”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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“The road to Hell is paved with good intentions.”

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“The task is not just to understand the world but to change it.”

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“When we have chosen the vocation in which we can contribute most to humanity, burdens cannot bend us because they are only sacrifices for all. Then we experience no meager, limited, egotistic joy, but our happiness belongs to millions, our deeds live on quietly but eternally effective, and glowing tears of noble men will fall on our ashes.”

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“You must be aware that the reward for labour, and quantity of labour, are quite disparate things.”

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“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.”

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

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"A Contribution to the Critique of Political Economy" Quotes

“It is not the consciousness of men that determines their being, but, on the contrary, their social being that determines their consciousness.”

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A Contribution to the Critique of Political Economy

"Critique of Hegel's Philosophy of Right" Quotes

“I am nothing but I must be everything.”

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Critique of Hegel's Philosophy of Right

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

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Critique of Hegel's Philosophy of Right

"Das Kapital" Quotes

“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.”

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Das Kapital

“A spider conducts operations that resemble those of a weaver, and a bee puts to shame many an architect in the construction of her cells. But what distinguishes the worst architect from the best of bees is this, that the architect raises his structure in imagination before he erects it in reality.”

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Das Kapital

“Accumulate, accumulate! This is Moses and the Prophets!”

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Das Kapital

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

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Das Kapital

“Capital is dead labour, that, vampire-like, only lives by sucking living labour, and lives the more, the more labour it sucks. The time during which the labourer works, is the time during which the capitalist consumes the labour-power he has purchased of him.”

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Das Kapital

“Education is free. Freedom of education shall be enjoyed under the condition fixed by law and under the supreme control of the state.”

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Das Kapital

“Force is the midwife of every old society pregnant with a new one. It is itself an economic power.”

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Das Kapital

“Just as man is governed, in religion, by the products of his own brain, so, in capitalist production, he is governed by the products of his own hand.”

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Das Kapital

“Moments are the elements of profit.”

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Das Kapital

“Money is the alienated essence of man's labor and life; and this alien essence dominates him as he worships it.”

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Das Kapital

“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.”

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Das Kapital

“What exclusively determines the magnitude of the value of any article is therefore the amount of labour socially necessary, or the labour-time socially necessary for its production.”

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Das Kapital

"Grundrisse" Quotes

“Economy of time, to this all economy ultimately reduces itself.”

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Grundrisse

“For real wealth is the developed productive power of all individuals. The measure of wealth is then not any longer, in any way, labour time, but rather disposable time.”

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Grundrisse

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

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Grundrisse

"Karl Marx' Epitaph" Quotes

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

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Karl Marx' Epitaph

"On the Jewish Question" Quotes

“Bourgeois society continuously brings forth the Jew from its own entrails.”

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On the Jewish Question

“Contempt for theory, art, history, and for man as an end in himself, which is contained in an abstract form in the Jewish religion, is the real, conscious standpoint, the virtue of the man of money. The species-relation itself, the relation between man and woman, etc., becomes an object of trade! The woman is bought and sold.”

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On the Jewish Question

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

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On the Jewish Question

“Man was not liberated from religion, but gained religious freedom. He was not liberated from property, but gained freedom of property. He was not liberated from the selfishness of the profession, but gained the freedom of the profession.”

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On the Jewish Question

“Money is the jealous god of Israel, in face of which no other god may exist. Money degrades all the gods of man – and turns them into commodities. Money is the universal self-established value of all things. It has, therefore, robbed the whole world – both the world of men and nature – of its specific value. Money is the estranged essence of man’s work and man’s existence, and this alien essence dominates him, and he worships it.”

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On the Jewish Question

"The Communist Manifesto" Quotes

“he bourgeois sees in his wife a mere instrument of production.”

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The Communist Manifesto

“In proportion therefore, as the repulsiveness of the work increases, the wage decreases.”

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The Communist Manifesto

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

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The Communist Manifesto

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“Let the ruling classes tremble at a Communistic revolution. The proletarians have nothing to lose but their chains. They have a world to win.”

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The Communist Manifesto

“Political power, properly so called, is merely the organised power of one class for oppressing another.”

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The Communist Manifesto

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

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The Communist Manifesto

“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. Conservation of the old modes of production in unaltered forms, was, on the contrary, the first condition of existence for all earlier industrial classes. Constant revolutionizing of production, uninterrupted disturbance of all social conditions, everlasting uncertainty and agitation, distinguish the bourgeois epoch from all earlier ones.”

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The Communist Manifesto

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

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The Communist Manifesto

“The less you eat, drink and read books; the less you go to the theatre, the dance hall, the public house; the less you think, love, theorize, sing, paint, fence, etc., the more you save-the greater becomes your treasure which neither moths nor dust will devour-your capital. The less you are, the more you have; the less you express your own life, the greater is your alienated life-the greater is the store of your estranged being.”

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The Communist Manifesto

“The proletarians have nothing to lose but their chains. They have a world to win.”

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The Communist Manifesto

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

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The Communist Manifesto

“The theory of Communists may be summed up in the single sentence: Abolition of private property.”

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The Communist Manifesto

“Workingmen of all countries unite!”

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The Communist Manifesto

"The Eighteenth Brumaire of Louis Bonaparte" Quotes

“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.”

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The Eighteenth Brumaire of Louis Bonaparte

“Men make their own history, but they do not make it as they please; they do not make it under self-selected circumstances, but under circumstances existing already, given and transmitted from the past. The tradition of all dead generations weighs like a nightmare on the brains of the living. And just as they seem to be occupied with revolutionizing themselves and things, creating something that did not exist before, precisely in such epochs of revolutionary crisis they anxiously conjure up the spirits of the past to their service, borrowing from them names, battle slogans, and costumes in order to present this new scene in world history in time-honored disguise and borrowed language.”

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The Eighteenth Brumaire of Louis Bonaparte

“The tradition of all dead generations weighs like a nightmare on the brains of the living.”

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The Eighteenth Brumaire of Louis Bonaparte