Karl Marx

Karl Marx
Karl Marx
  • Born: May 5, 1818
  • Died: March 14, 1883
  • Nationality: Prussian
  • Profession: Philosopher

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Karl Marx was a German philosopher, economist, historian, sociologist, political theorist, journalist and socialist revolutionary.

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William Easterly The big successful Communist revolutions occurred in poor agrarian societies–Russia in 1917 and China in 1949–not in industrialized societies, as Marx had predicted.
Antony Lambton George Brown ... represents the theory of Marxism in the House of Commons - but that of Groucho, not Karl.
Ronald Reagan Under the tousled boyish haircut it is still old Karl Marx
Theodore Dalrymple Mrs Thatcher was a mirror-image Marxist. Everything that Marx abhorred she thought was good
E. J. Dionne Jr. Pat Buchanan ... could give Karl Marx lessons in class warfare.
Friedrich Engels Just as Darwin discovered the law of evolution in organic nature, so Marx discovered the law of evolution in human history.
Friedrich Engels For [Karl] Marx, science was a creative, historic and revolutionary force.
Friedrich Engels … the most hated and calumniated man of his times.
Henry George [Referring to Karl Marx:] ... the prince of muddleheads.
Joschka Fischer Bob Dylan was more important for my political orientation than Karl Marx.
Hu Yaobang Marx never saw an electric light bulb.
Hubert Humphrey The doctrines of Karl Marx are a destroyer of all mortals.
Fiorello H. La Guardia It has happened, in all ages of the world, that some have labored and others have, without labor, enjoyed a large proportion of the fruits. This is wrong and should not continue. To secure to each laborer the whole product of his labor, or as nearly as possible, is a worthy object of any good government. That's my platform, but when the average Republican leader in the East hears it, he thinks I am quoting from Karl Marx. I did quote it, but not from Karl Marx. I quoted it from Abraham Lincoln.
Vladimir Lenin The theory of Socialism grew out of the philosophic, historical and economic theories that were elaborated by the educated representatives of the propertied classes, the intellectuals. The founders of modern scientific Socialism, Marx and Engels, belonged to the bourgeois intelligentsia.
Nikita Khrushchev If anyone believes that our smiles involve abandonment of the teaching of Marx, Engels and Lenin he deceives himself. Those who wait for that must wait until a shrimp learns to whistle.
Mao Zedong Heads will fall, heads will be chopped off, of course. But just think how good communism is! The state won’t bother us anymore, you women will be free, marriage problems won’t plague you anymore.
Michel Aflaq If I was asked to define socialism, I would not seek its definition in the texts of Marx or Lenin. I would rather say: it is the religion of life, and the triumph of life over death. By opening the door of employment for everyone, and allowing the gifts and virtues of all human beings to blossom, flower and be fruitful, it preserves what rightfully belongs to life, leaving death nothing but dried meat and rotten bones.
Martin Heidegger The student body of the University of Freiburg announces that it is determined to carry the fight against Jewish-Marxist undermining of Germany to the bitter end, to the complete annihilation of the foe. The public burnings of Jewish-Marxist writings on May 10, 1933, served as a symbol of this fight. Germans, rally to this fight! Make your participation public! From the publishers and bookstores send us all books and writings that deserve burning. Let each one bring what he finds, or tell us about it so that we may go get it. The fire of destruction is to us like a blazing up of the German spirit and German custom and practice.
Miguel de Unamuno One of those leaders of what they call the social revolution has said that religion is the opiate of the people. Opium...opium...opium, yes. Let us give them opium so that they can sleep and dream.
Benjamin Tucker State Socialism … may be described as the doctrine that all the affairs of men should be managed by the government, regardless of individual choice. Marx, its founder, concluded that the only way to abolish the class monopolies was to centralize and consolidate all industrial and commercial interests, all productive and distributive agencies, in one vast monopoly in the hands of the State. The government must become banker, manufacturer, farmer, carrier, and merchant, and in these capacities must suffer no competition.
Benjamin Tucker It was at this point — the necessity of striking down monopoly — that came the parting of their ways [of Socialists and Anarchists]. Here the road forked. They found that they must turn either to the right or to the left, — follow either the path of Authority or the path of Liberty. Marx went one way; Warren and Proudhon the other. Thus were born State Socialism and Anarchism.
Paul A. Volcker Karl Marx is not a very popular figure any more but once in a while he said something very sensible.
Eric Foner Marx is the prophet of globalized capitalism.
Anastas Ivanovich Mikoyan For about 20 years we have had practically no collective leadership; there flourished the cult of the individual which was [earlier] condemned first by Marx and then by Lenin
Natasha Love Bronfman Of course we were communists. The Czar’s Secret Police and the newspapers said anyone who was against the Czar was a communist. So we were. Most of us revolutionaries in the early 1900s were young and had little idea of who Karl Marx was, much less his historical and economic theories. Communists wanted the people to be free and control the government and not the Czar. Today we call that democracy. Communism became something else in Russia..
John Maynard Keynes As for Marx, his economic value, apart from occasional … flashes of insight, is nil.
Nicolae Ceausescu Stealing from capitalism is not like stealing out of our own pockets. Marx and Lenin have taught us that anything is ethical, so long as it is in the interest of the proletarian class and its world revolution.
Benedict XVI He [Karl Marx] forgot that man always remains man. He forgot man and he forgot man's freedom. He forgot that freedom always remains also freedom for evil. He thought that once the economy had been put right, everything would automatically be put right. His real error is materialism: man, in fact, is not merely the product of economic conditions, and it is not possible to redeem him purely from the outside by creating a favorable economic environment.
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[Capitalism] has acquired the occult ability to add value to itself. It brings forth living offspring or at the least lays golden eggs. Economics, The Economy & Fiscal Affairs ;Capitalism
[T]he great social changes are impossible without the feminine ferment. Reform, Change, Transformation & Reformers
… collectivist, crude communism … views woman as the prey and the handmaiden of communal lust. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
… competition has to shoulder the responsibility of explaining all the meaningless ideas of the economists, whereas it should rather be the economists who explain competition. Economics, The Economy & Fiscal Affairs
… the idiocy of rural life Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
A house may be large or small; as long as the neighboring houses are likewise small, it satisfies all social requirement for a residence. But let there arise next to the little house a palace, and the little house shrinks to a hut. The little house now makes it clear that its inmate has no social position at all to maintain, or but a very insignificant one; and however high it may shoot up in the course of civilization, if the neighboring palace rises in equal or even in greater measure, the occupant of the relatively little house will always find himself more uncomfortable, more dissatisfied, more cramped within his four walls. Housing
A political movement is that in which the proletarians as a class exert pressure against the ruling classes. Political Parties & Machines
A spectre is haunting Europe – the spectre of communism. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
All our inventions have endowed material forces with intellectual life, and degraded human life into a material force. Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
All that is solid melts into air. All fixed, fast-frozen relations, with their train of ancient and venerable prejudices and opinions, are swept away, all new-formed ones become antiquated before they can ossify. Philosophy
Antislavery England continues to coquet with the Southern Slaveocracy. Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs ;Slaves, Slavery & The Slave Trade
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. History ;Reform, Change, Transformation & Reformers
Capital is dead labor, that vampire like, only lives by sucking living labor. Economics, The Economy & Fiscal Affairs ;Capitalism
Capitalism will kill competition. Business, Commerce & Finance ;Capitalism
Capitalist production, therefore, develops technology, and the combining together of various processes into a social whole, only by sapping the original sources of all wealth — the soil and the laborer. Work, Workers & The Labor Force ;Capitalism
Cheap goods are the artillery for battering down Chinese walls and for overcoming the obstinate hatred entertained against foreigners by semi-civilised nations Economics, The Economy & Fiscal Affairs ;Social Sciences
Communism … is not a stale state …. We call communism the real movement which abolishes the present state of things. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
Constant labor of one uniform kind destroys the intensity and flow of a man's animal spirits, which find recreation and delight in mere change of activity. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
Despite all its shortcomings, this Constitution looms against the background of Russo-Prusso-Austrian barbarism as the only work of liberty which Eastern Europe has ever created independently, and it emerged exclusively from the privileged class, from the nobility. The history of the world has never seen another example of such nobility of the nobility. Constitution / Bills & Declaratiobns of Rights
England, the country that turns whole nations into its proletarians … seems to be the rock against which the revolutionary waves break. Rebellion, Revolution, Insurgency & Resistance
Every class struggle is a political struggle Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
From each according to his ability, to each according to his needs. Welfare
History is nothing but the actions of men in pursuit of their ends. History
History repeats itself, first as history, then as farce. History
History repeats itself–the first time as tragedy, the second time as farce. History
In its beginnings, the credit system sneaks in as a modest helper of accumulation and draws by invisible threads the money resources scattered all over the surface of society into the hands of individual or associated capitalists. But soon it becomes a new and formidable weapon in the competitive struggle, and finally it transforms itself into an immense social mechanism for the centralization of capitals. Business, Commerce & Finance
In the United States of America, where, true enough, the classes already exist, but have not yet acquired permanent character, are in constant flux and reflux, constantly changing their elements and yielding them up to one another Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
Institutions are more powerful than men. Power
Insurrection is an art. Rebellion, Revolution, Insurgency & Resistance
Labor in white skin cannot be free so long as labor in a black skin is branded. Labor Unions, Labor Relations & Strikes
Let the ruling classes tremble at a Communist revolution. The proletarians have nothing to lose but their chains. They have a world to win. Rebellion, Revolution, Insurgency & Resistance
Machines were, it may be said, the weapon employed by the capitalists to quell the revolt of specialized labor. Labor Unions, Labor Relations & Strikes
Man makes his own history, but he does not make it out of the whole cloth; he does not make it out of conditions chosen by himself, but out of such as he finds close at hand. Human Nature
Men make their own history, but they do not make it just as they please. History
Men must make their history themselves through their own actions History
Money plays the largest part in determining the course of history History ;Capitalism
Money plays the largest part in determining the course of history. History
No social order is ever destroyed before all the productive forces for which it is sufficient have been developed, and new superior relations of production never replace older ones before the material conditions for their existence have matured within the framework of the old society. Development & Growth
One capitalist always kills many. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes ;Capitalism
Pauperism is the hospital of the labor army. Poverty
Philosophers have interpreted the world, in various ways; the point, however, is to change it Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
Political Economy regards the proletarian ... like a horse, he must receive enough to enable him to work. It does not consider him, during the time when he is not working, as a human being. Economics, The Economy & Fiscal Affairs
Political power, properly so called, is merely the organized power of one class for suppressing another. Power
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. Religion & God
Revolutions are the locomotives of history. History ;Rebellion, Revolution, Insurgency & Resistance
Since the working-class lives from hand to mouth, it buys as long as it has the means to buy. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
Social progress can be measured exactly by the social position of the fair sex. Equality & Equal Opportunity
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Suppose, … that the making of the new machinery affords employment to a greater number of mechanics, can that be called compensation to the carpet makers, thrown on the streets? Work, Workers & The Labor Force
The battle of competition is fought by the cheapening of commodities Economics, The Economy & Fiscal Affairs
The bourgeoisie of the whole world, which looks complacently upon the wholesale massacre after the battle, is convulsed by horror at the destruction of brick and mortar. War & Peace
The bourgeoisie, by the rapid improvement of all instruments of production, by the immensely facilitated means of communication, draw all, even the most barbarian of nations into civilization. Business, Commerce & Finance ;Capitalism
The first requisite for the people's happiness is the abolition of religion. Religion & God
The history of all hither-to-existing society is the history of class struggles. History
The Irish famine of 1846 killed more than 1,000,000 people, but it killed poor devils only. To the wealth of the country it did not the slightest damage. Nutrition, Food, Starvation, Farming & Agriculture
The need of a constantly expanding market for his products chases the manufacturer over the whole surface of the globe. They must nestle everywhere, settle everywhere, establish connections everywhere. Economics, The Economy & Fiscal Affairs
The parliamentary regime leaves everything to the decision of majorities,--how can the large majorities beyond parliament be expected not to wish to decide? If, from above, they hear the fiddle screeching, what else is to be expected than that those below should dance? Democracies & Republics
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. Copyrights, Patents & Intellectual Property
The road to Hell is paved with good intentions. Human Nature
The ruling ideas of each age have always been the ideas of the ruling class. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
The social revolution of the nineteenth century can not draw its poetry from the past, it can draw that only from the future. Rebellion, Revolution, Insurgency & Resistance
The social revolution of the nineteenth century can not draw its poetry from the past, it can draw that only from the future. It cannot start upon its work before it has stricken off all superstition concerning the past Rebellion, Revolution, Insurgency & Resistance
The theory of Communism may be summed up in one sentence: Abolish all private property. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
The theory of Communism may be summed up in the single sentence: Abolition of private property. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
The will of the capitalist is certainly to take as much as possible. What we have to do is not to talk about his will, but to enquire about his power, the limits of that power, and the character of those limits. Economics, The Economy & Fiscal Affairs
The working men have no country. We cannot take away from them what they have not got. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
The working men of Europe felt instinctively that the Star Spangled Banner carried the destiny of their class. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
This joint stock company has in common with many other stock companies that everyone knows what he puts in, but not what he will get out of it. Business, Commerce & Finance
To say that the newspaper press represents public opinion is to administer insult to intelligent men. It is the property of speculators, political leaders, large contractors and railway directors. Media, Journalism & The Press
We are for Free Trade, because by Free Trade all economical laws, with their most astounding contradictions, will act upon a larger scale, upon the territory of the whole earth; and because from the uniting of all these contradictions in a single group, where they will stand face to face, will result the struggle which will itself eventuate in the emancipation of the proletariat. Foreign Trade
When Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation, he turned the Civil War into a revolution. Freedom & Liberty ;Slaves, Slavery & The Slave Trade
When the proletariat is not organized enough to conduct a successful struggle against the political power of the ruling class, it must be trained for such a purpose by steady and hostile instigation. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
With the master, what is new and significant develops vigorously amid the 'manure' of contradictions out of the contradictory phenomena. The underlying contradictions themselves testify to the richness of the living foundation from which the theory itself developed. It is different with the disciple. His raw material is no longer reality, but the new theoretical form in which the master has sublimated. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
Without slavery, North America, the most progressive nation, would be transformed into a patriarchal country. Only wipe North America off the map and you will get anarchy, the complete decay of trade and modern civilization. But to do away with slavery would be to wipe America off the map. Economics, The Economy & Fiscal Affairs ;Slaves, Slavery & The Slave Trade
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.
Art is always and everywhere the secret confession, and at the same time the immortal movement of its time. Time ;Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
Capital is dead labor, which, vampire-like, lives only by sucking living labor, and lives the more, the more labor it sucks.
Capital is reckless of the health or length of life of the laborer, unless under compulsion from society. Society ;Life ;Health, Healthcare & Medicine
Capitalist production, therefore, develops technology, and the combining together of various processes into a social whole, only by sapping the original sources of all wealth - the soil and the labourer. Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
Democracy is the road to socialism.
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.
Greek philosophy seems to have met with something with which a good tragedy is not supposed to meet, namely, a dull ending.
History does nothing; it does not possess immense riches, it does not fight battles. It is men, real, living, who do all this. History
History repeats itself, first as tragedy, second as farce. History
If anything is certain, it is that I myself am not a Marxist.
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. Society
In bourgeois society capital is independent and has individuality, while the living person is dependent and has no individuality. Society
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. Nature
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. History
Landlords, like all other men, love to reap where they never sowed. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
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!
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. Time ;Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
Necessity is blind until it becomes conscious. Freedom is the consciousness of necessity. Freedom & Liberty
Nothing can have value without being an object of utility.
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.
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 & God
Religion is the opium of the masses. Religion & God
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. Religion & God
Society does not consist of individuals but expresses the sum of interrelations, the relations within which these individuals stand. Society
The country that is more developed industrially only shows, to the less developed, the image of its own future. 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 requisite for the happiness of the people is the abolition of religion. Religion & God ;Happiness & Unhappiness
The history of all previous societies has been the history of class struggles. History
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. 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. Society ;Time
The meaning of peace is the absence of opposition to socialism. War & Peace
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 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. Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
The production of too many useful things results in too many useless people.
The ruling ideas of each age have ever been the ideas of its ruling class.
The worker of the world has nothing to lose, but their chains, workers of the world unite.
The writer may very well serve a movement of history as its mouthpiece, but he cannot of course create it. History
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. Money, Coins & Minting
There is a specter haunting Europe, the specter of Communism.
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. Time
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.