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49 Greatest Quotes by Karl Marx

Best Karl Marx Quotes

Karl Marx was a German philosopher, sociologist, economist, journalist as well as revolutionary socialist. He published the anticapitalist works the formed the basis of Marxism, Das Kapital and The Communist Manifesto. Below are some of the popular thoughts by Karl Marx.

Karl Marx Quotes

  1. “The philosophers have only interpreted the world in various ways; the point, however, is to change it.” – Karl Marx
  2. “Men make their own history” – Karl Marx
  3. “Medicine heals doubts as well as diseases.” – Karl Marx
  4. “Let the ruling classes tremble at a Communist revolution. The proletarians have nothing to lose, but their chains. .Workers of the world unite!” – Karl Marx
  5. “The production of too many useful things results in too many useless people.” – Karl Marx
  6. “Society does not consist of individuals but expresses the sum of interrelations, the relations within which these individuals stand.” – Karl Marx
  7. “The rich will do anything for the poor but get off their backs.” – Karl Marx
  8. “Catch a man a fish, and you can sell it to him. Teach a man to fish, and you ruin a wonderful business opportunity.” – Karl Marx
  9. “All I know is I’m not a Marxist.” – Karl Marx
  10. “Religion is the opium of the masses.” – Karl Marx
  11. “Opium of the people.” – Karl Marx
  12. “The worker of the world has nothing to lose, but their chains, workers of the world unite.” – Karl Marx
  13. “Nothing has changed in Russias policy. Her methods, her tactics, her maneuvers may change, but the pole starworld dominationis immutable.” – Karl Marx
  14. “Landlords, like all other men, love to reap where they never sowed.” – Karl Marx
  15. “The writer may very well serve a movement of history as its mouthpiece, but he cannot of course create it.” – Karl Marx
  16. “Mankind always sets itself only such tasks as it can solve; since, looking at the matter more closely, we will always find that the task itself arises only when the material conditions necessary for its solution already exist or are at least in the process of formation.” – Karl Marx
  17. “Philosophy stands in the same relation to the study of the actual world as masturbation to sexual love.” – Karl Marx
  18. “The only antidote to mental suffering is physical pain.” – Karl Marx
  19. “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.” – Karl Marx
  20. “Capital is dead labor, which, vampire-like, lives only by sucking living labor, and lives the more, the more labor it sucks.” – Karl Marx
  21. “The Tories in England had long imagined that they were enthusiastic about the monarchy, the church and beauties of the old English Constitution, until the day of danger wrung from them the confession that they are enthusiastic only about rent.” – Karl Marx
  22. “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.” – Karl Marx
  23. “All social rules and all relations between individuals are eroded by a cash economy, avarice drags Pluto himself out of the bowels of the earth.” – Karl Marx
  24. “As in private life one differentiates between what a man thinks and says of himself and what he really is and does, so in historical struggles one must still more distinguish the language and the imaginary aspirations of parties from their real organism and their real interests, their conception of themselves from their reality.” – Karl Marx
  25. “From the outset, the Christian was the theorizing Jew, the Jew is therefore the practical Christian, and the practical Christian has become a Jew again.” – Karl Marx
  26. “Experience praises the most happy the one who made the most people happy.” – Karl Marx
  27. “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.” – Karl Marx
  28. “The history of all hitherto existing society is the history of class struggles.” – Karl Marx
  29. “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.” – Karl Marx
  30. “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.” – Karl Marx
  31. “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.” – Karl Marx
  32. “A specter is haunting Europe — the specter of communism.” – Karl Marx
  33. “Hegel remarks somewhere that all great world-historic facts and personages appear, so to speak, twice. He forgot to add: the first time as tragedy, the second time as farce.” – Karl Marx
  34. “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.” – Karl Marx
  35. “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.” – Karl Marx
  36. “The policy of Russia is changeless. Its methods, its tactics, its maneuvers may change, but the polar star of its policy, world domination, is a fixed star.” – Karl Marx
  37. “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.” – Karl Marx
  38. “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.” – Karl Marx
  39. “Civil servants and priests, soldiers and ballet-dancers, schoolmasters and police constables, Greek museums and Gothic steeples, civil list and services list — the common seed within which all these fabulous beings slumber in embryo is taxation.” – Karl Marx
  40. “Necessity is blind until it becomes conscious. Freedom is the consciousness of necessity.” – Karl Marx
  41. “In bourgeois society capital is independent and has individuality, while the living person is dependent and has no individuality.” – Karl Marx
  42. “Nothing can have value without being an object of utility.” – Karl Marx
  43. “I am greatly pleased with the public, authentic isolation in which we two, you and I, now find ourselves. It is wholly in accord with our attitude and our principles.” – Karl Marx
  44. “While the miser is merely a capitalist gone mad, the capitalist is a rational miser.” – Karl Marx
  45. “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.” – Karl Marx
  46. “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.” – Karl Marx
  47. “The theory of the Communists may be summed up in the single sentence: Abolition of private property.” – Karl Marx
  48. “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.” – Karl Marx
  49. “Machines were, it may be said, the weapon employed by the capitalists to quell the revolt of specialized labor.” – Karl Marx

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