Karl Heinrich Marx (1818 - 1883) was an important German socialist revolutionary, but he was also a philosopher, economist, sociologist and journalist. This socialist thinker, the most influential that emerged in the nineteenth century, did not achieve much fame during his life, but his popularity soared in the decades after his death.
He collaborated with the German philosopher and politician Friedrich Engels led to several influential works, and between them they wrote in 1848 The Communist Manifesto. Throughout his long career, Marx proposed several theories about society, economics and politics that came to be collectively known as "Marxism." Considered one of the most influential figures in the history of mankind, his contribution to intellectual, economic development and political history has been immense.
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Famous quotes by Karl Marx
It is not the conscience of men that determines their being, but, on the contrary, their social being that determines their conscience.
The worst fight is the one that is not done.
The oppressed are allowed, once every few years, to decide which particular representatives of the oppressive class should represent them and repress them.
Education must be free. Freedom of education shall be enjoyed under the condition established by law and under the supreme control of the state.
The mode of production of material life determines the processes of social, political and spiritual life in general.
Reason has always existed, but not always in a reasonable way.
There is no real path to science, and only those who do not fear the tiring climb of their steep roads have the opportunity to reach their luminous peaks.
You believe in love as divine property because you love. You believe that God is wise and kind because you do not know something superior in yourself than goodness and intelligence and you believe that God exists, that it is a being, because you yourself exist and you are a being.
I am nothing, but I must be everything.
Reason has always existed, but not always in a reasonable way.
Political power, properly speaking, is simply the organized power of one class to oppress another.
The increase in the value of the world of things is directly proportional to the decrease in the value of the human world.
The ideas of the ruling class are at all times the dominant ideas.
The theory of the communists can be summed up in one sentence: Abolition of private property.
Men make their own history, but they don't make it the way they want.
Religion is the impotence of the human mind to face the events that it cannot understand.
Man is a being that will only be realized, which will only be himself, in revolutionary society.
Idealism, naturally, does not know the real, sensory activity, as such.
Therefore, proportionally, as the repulsion of work increases, the salary decreases.
No one fights freedom; at most he fights the freedom of others. Freedom has always existed, but sometimes as the privilege of some, sometimes as the right of all.
What contemplative materialism comes most to, that is, materialism that does not conceive of sensoriness as a practical activity, is to contemplate individuals within "civil society."
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.
Society is not made up of individuals, but expresses the sum of the interrelations, the relationships within which these individuals are.
Then the world will be for ordinary people, and the sounds of happiness will reach the deepest sources.
If you love without awakening love, that is, if your love, as love, does not produce reciprocal love, if through a vital exteriorization as a loving man you do not become a loved man, your love is impotent, a disgrace.
You should keep in mind that the reward for work and the amount of work are very different things.
The production of too many useful things results in too many useless people.
Communism does not deprive anyone of the power to appropriate social products; the only thing he does not admit is the power to usurp through this appropriation the work of others.
The education of all children, from the moment they can be well without the care of a mother, will be carried out in state institutions.
The last capitalist we hang will be the one who sold us the rope.
Hegel comments somewhere that all the great facts and characters in world history occur, so to speak, twice. He has forgotten to add: the first time as a tragedy, the second as a farce.
Moments are the elements of profit.
A commodity seems at first sight an extremely obvious, trivial thing. But his analysis reveals that it is a very strange thing, which abounds in metaphysical subtleties and theological subtleties.
Accumulate, accumulate! This is Moses and the prophets!
Capitalism: Teach a man to fish, but the fish he catches is not his. It belongs to the person who pays him to fish, and if he is lucky, he may be paid enough to buy a few fish for him.
Let the ruling classes tremble before a communist revolution. The proletarians have nothing to lose except their chains. They have a world to win. Workers from all countries join!
Come on, go away! The last words are for fools who haven't said enough!
All the mysteries that lead the theory to mysticism find their rational solution in human practice and in the understanding of this practice.
I am a machine doomed to devour books.
Welcome be any criticism inspired by a scientific judgment. Against the prejudices of the so-called public opinion, to which I never made concessions, my currency is, today as yesterday, the great phrase of the great Florentine: "I followed the tuo corso, and lascia dir le genti”.
It is well known how the monks wrote silly lives of the Catholic saints on the manuscripts in which the classical works of the ancient pagans had been written.
The need is blind until it becomes conscious. Freedom is the awareness of need.
To be radical is to go to the root of the matter. For man, however, the root is man himself.
Merely quantitative differences, beyond a certain point, pass to qualitative changes.
The alienation of man appeared, as well as the fundamental evil of capitalist society.
Machinery that is not used is not capital.
Ignorance never helped anyone.
The more man attributes himself to God, the less he has left.
Man makes religion, religion does not make man. Religion is, in fact, man's self-consciousness, as long as he has not found his feet in the universe.
History is not like an individual person, who uses men to achieve their ends. History is nothing more than the actions of men in pursuit of their ends.
The tradition of past generations weighs like the Alps in the brains of the living.
Salaries are a direct consequence of separate work, and separate work is the direct cause of private property.
The first requirement for people's happiness is the abolition of religion.
In fact, the methods of primitive accumulation are anything but idyllic.
All emancipation is a restoration of the human world and human relations with man himself.
Capital is dead work, which, like a vampire, lives only from sucking live work, and the longer it lives, the more work it aspires.
All science would be superfluous if the external appearance and the essence of things coincided directly.
Self-contempt is a snake that always gnaws one's breath, drawing vital blood.
All philosophers have done nothing but interpret the world in different ways, what it is about is to transform it.
The real law of economics is chance, and we learned that people take arbitrary advantage in a few moments and establish them as laws.
As individuals express their life, so they are.
No one, not even a musician of the future, can live on future products.
The new era differs from the old, mainly in that the whip begins to imagine that it has a genius.
Communism does not deprive anyone of the power to appropriate the products of society; All he does is deprive him of the power to subjugate the work of others through such appropriation.
Any opinion based on scientific criticism I welcome.
Each of our relationships with nature and man must be a definite expression of our real and individual life.
Society as a whole is increasingly dividing into two large hostile camps.
The formation of the five senses is a work of the whole history of the world until the present.
The end of this slavery is that only as a worker does he continue to remain as a physical subject, and that only as a physical subject is he a worker.
The whole history of human society, until today, is a history of class struggle.