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Karl Marx
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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. Karl Marx
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History does nothing; it does not possess immense riches, it does not fight battles. It is men, real, living, who do all this. Karl Marx
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The ruling ideas of each age have ever been the ideas of its ruling class. Karl Marx
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All social life is essentially practical. All mysterious which lead theory to mysticism find their rational solution in human practice and in the comprehension of the practice. Karl Marx
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I am nothing and should be everything. Karl Marx
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...the Communists everywhere support every revolutionary movement against the existing social and political order of things... They openly declare that their ends can be attained only by the forcible overthrow of all existing social conditions. Karl Marx
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...the first step in the revolution by the working class, is to raise the proletariat to the position of ruling class, to win the battle for democracy. Karl Marx
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A heavy or progressive or graduated income tax is necessary for the proper development of Communism. Karl Marx
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The proletarians have nothing to loose but their chains. They have a world to win. Karl Marx
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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
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Labour is ... not the only source of material wealth, i.e, of the use-values it produces. As William Petty says, Labour is the father of material wealth, the earth is its mother. Karl Marx
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Last words are for those fools who believe they have not yet said enough... Karl Marx
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Communism is the riddle of history solved, and it knows itself to be this solution. Karl Marx
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Take away the heritage of a people and they are easily persuaded. Karl Marx
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All I know is that I am not a Marxist. Karl Marx
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Darwin's book is very important and serves me as a basis in natural science for the class struggle in history. One has to put up with the crude English method of development, of course. Despite all deficiencies not only is the death-blow dealt here for the first time to 'teleology' in the natural sciences, but their rational meaning is empirically explained. Karl Marx
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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
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The more powerful the work, the more powerless the worker. Karl Marx
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There is something in human history like retribution; and it is a rule of historical retribution that its instrument be forged not by the offended, but by the offender himself. The first blow dealt to the French monarchy proceeded from the nobility, not from the peasants. The Indian revolt does not commence with the ryots, tortured, dishonoured and stripped naked by the British, but with the sepoys, clad, fed and petted, fatted and pampered by them. Karl Marx
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Every one knows that there are no real forests in England.The deer in the parks of the great are demurely domestic cattle, fat as London alderman. Karl Marx
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These numerous points at which money is withdrawn from circulation and accumulated in numerous individual hoards or potential money-capitals appears as so many obstacles to circulation, because they immobilise the money and deprive it of its capacity to circulate for a certain time. Karl Marx
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Perseus wore a magic cap that the monsters he hunted down might not see him. We draw the magic cap down over eyes and ears as a make-believe that there are no monsters. Karl Marx
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[Napoleon] swept away everywhere the establishments of feudality. ... [He was] Caesar himself. Karl Marx
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The entire so-called history of the world is nothing but the creation of man through human labor. Karl Marx
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An object of art creates a public capable of finding pleasure in its beauty. Production, therefore, not only produces an object for the subject, but also a subject for the object. Karl Marx
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Advances in science help to delegitimize the rule of kings and the power of the Church. Karl Marx
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If emancipation of the working classes requires their fraternal conncurrence, how are they to fulfill that great mission with a foreign policy in pursuit of criminal designs, playing upon national prejudices, and squandering in piratical wars the people's blood and treasure? It was not the wisdom of the ruling classes, but the heroic resistance to their criminal folly by the working classes of England, that saved the west of Europe from plunging headlong into an infamous crusade for the propagation of slavery on the other side of the Atlantic. Karl Marx
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The theory of Communism may be summed up in the single sentence: Abolition of private property. Karl Marx
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In place of the bourgeois society, with its classes and class antagonisms, shall we have an association, in which the free development of each is the condition for the free development of all. Karl Marx
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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
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Nothing can be a value without being an object of utility. If the thing is useless, so is the labor contained in it; the labor does not count as labor, and therefore creates no value. Karl Marx
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Under private property, each tries to establish over the other an alien power, so as thereby to find satisfaction of his own selfish need. The increase in the quantity of objects is therefore accompanied by an extension of the realm of the alien powers to which man is subjected, and every new product represents a new potentiality of mutual swindling and mutual plundering. Karl Marx
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We know only a single science, the science of history. History can be contemplated from two sides, it can be divided into the history of nature and the history of mankind. However, the two sides are not to be divided off; as long as men exist the history of nature and the history of men are mutually conditioned. Karl Marx
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Nothing is more tedious than the dreaming platitude. Karl Marx
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The animal is one with its life activity. It does not distinguish the activity from itself. It is its activity. But man makes hislife activity itself an object of his will and consciousness. He has a conscious life activity. It is not a determination with which he is completely identified. Karl Marx
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History calls those men the greatest who have ennobled themselves by working for the common good; experience acclaims as happiest the man who has made the greatest number of people happy. Karl Marx
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But the more these conscious illusions of the ruling class are shown to be false and the less they satisfy common sense, the more dogmatically they are asserted and the more deceitful, moralizing and spiritual becomes the language of established society. Karl Marx
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Under no pretext should arms and ammunition be surrendered; any attempt to disarm the workers must be frustrated, by force if necessary. Karl Marx
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The bureaucracy takes itself to be the ultimate purpose of the state Karl Marx
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There is only one way to kill capitalism - by taxes, taxes, and more taxes. Karl Marx
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The existence of the state is inseparable from the existence of slavery. Karl Marx
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We know that violent measures against religion are nonsense; but this is an opinion: as socialism grows, religion will disappear. Its disappearance must be done by social development, in which education must play a part. Karl Marx
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The Jews of Poland are the smeariest of all races. Karl Marx
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If we have chosen the position in life in which we can most of all work for mankind, no burdens can bow us down, because they are sacrifices for the benefit of all; then we shall experience no petty, limited, selfish joy, but our happiness will belong to millions, our deeds will live on quietly but perpetually at work, and over our ashes will be shed the hot tears of noble people. Karl Marx
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Let us consider the actual, worldly Jew - not the Sabbath Jew, as Bauer does, but the everyday Jew. ... What is the worldly religion of the Jew? Huckstering. What is his worldly God? Money.. 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. The bill of exchange is the real god of the Jew. His god is only an illusory bill of exchange. The chimerical nationality of the Jew is the nationality of the merchant, of the man of money in general. Karl Marx
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May the devil take these peoples movements, especially when they are 'peaceful'. Karl Marx
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Those dogs of democrats and liberal riff-raff will see that we're the only chaps who haven't been stultified by the ghastly period of peace. Karl Marx
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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
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In every revolution there intrude, at the side of its true agents, men of a different stamp; some of them survivors of and devotees to past revolutions, without insight into the present movement, but preserving popular influence by their known honesty and courage, or by the sheer force of tradition; others mere brawlers, who, by dint of repeating year after year the same set of stereotyped declamations against the government of the day, have sneaked into the reputation of revolutionists of the first water They are an unavoidable evil: with time they are shaken off. Karl Marx
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When the train of history hits a curve, the intellectuals fall off. Karl Marx
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The bourgeoisie of the whole world, which looks complacently upon the wholesale massacre after the battle, is convulsed by horror at the desecration of brick and mortar. Karl Marx
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Force is the midwife of every old society pregnant with a new one. Karl Marx
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Although gold and silver are not by nature money, money is by nature gold and silver. Karl Marx
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The values of commodities are directly as the times of labor employed in their production, and are inversely as the productive powers of the labor employed. Karl Marx
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The worker puts his life into the object; but now it no longer belongs to him, it belongs to the object. Karl Marx
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As a beast of toil an ox is fixed capital. If he is eaten, he no longer functions as an instrument of labour, nor as fixed capital either. Karl Marx
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Private property has made us so stupid and partial that an object is only ours when we have it, when it exists for us as capital ... Thus all the physical and intellectual senses have been replaced by ... the sense of having. Karl Marx
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It is a bad thing to perform menial duties even for the sake of freedom; to fight with pinpricks, instead of with clubs. I have become tired of hypocrisy, stupidity, gross arbitrariness, and of our bowing and scraping, dodging, and hair-splitting over words. Consequently, the government has given me back my freedom. Karl Marx
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All freed, 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. All that is solid melts into air, all that is holy is profaned, and man is at last compelled to face with sober senses, his real conditions of life, and his relations with his kind. Karl Marx
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Value, therefore, does not stalk about with a label describing what it is. Karl Marx
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The capitalist cannot store labour-power in warehouses after he has bought it, as he may do with the raw material. Karl Marx
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No sooner is the exploitation of the labourer by the manufacturer, so far, at an end, that he receives his wages in cash, than he is set upon by the other portions of the bourgeoisie, the landlord, the shopkeeper, the pawnbroker, etc. Karl Marx
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English law in 1572 decreed that beggars above 14 years of age are to be severely flogged and branded on the left ear unless some one will take them into service for two years; in case of a repetition of the offense, if they are over 18, they are to be executed, unless some one will take them into service for two years; but for the third offence they are to be executed without mercy as felons. Karl Marx
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Beauty is the main positive form of the aesthetic assimilation of reality, in which aesthetic ideal finds it direct expression. Karl Marx
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A people without a heritage are easily persuaded. Karl Marx
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The class struggle necessarily leads to the dictatorship of the proletariat. Karl Marx
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By means of the banking system the distribution of capital as a special business, a social function, is taken out of the hands of the private capitalists and usurers. But at the same time, banking and credit become the most effective means of driving captialist production beyond its own limits and one of the most effective vehicles of crises and swindle. Karl Marx
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The English Established Church... will more readily pardon an attack on 38 of its 39 articles than on 1/39 of its income. Karl Marx
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The capitalist mode of production and accumulation, and therefore capitalist private property, have for their fundamental condition the annihilation of self-earned private property: in other words, the expropriation of the labourer. Karl Marx
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Communism is for us not a state of affairs which is to be established, an ideal to which reality have to adjust itself. We call communism the real movement which abolishes the present state of things. The conditions of this movement result from the premises now in existence. Karl Marx
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