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am not a Marxist."
"Democracy is the road to socialism."
"Despite all its
shortcomings, this Constitution looms against the background of Russian, Prussian
and 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."
on the Polish Constitution of May 3, 1791
on, get out. Last words are for fools who haven't said enough."
"I do not like money, money is the reason we fight."
like all other men, love to reap where they never sowed.
are allowed once every few years to decide which particular representatives of
the oppressing class are to represent and repress them."
"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
"The rich will do anything for the poor but get off their backs."
is the opiate of the masses."
Apocryphal retort to a heckler
asking who would clean the floors after the revolution.
from The Communist Manifesto - Karl Marx
- The Communist Manifesto
(1848), by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels
- "The proletarians
of the world have nothing to lose but their chains. They have a world to win.
Workers of all countries: Unite!"
- "The theory of Communism
may be summed up in the single sentence: Abolition of private property."
- "Constant revolutionizing of production, uninterrupted disturbance of all
social conditions, everlasting uncertainty and agitation distinguish the bourgeosis
epoch from all earlier ones."
- "It [the bourgeosie] has
pitilessly torn asunder the motley of ties that bound man to his 'natural superiors',
and left remaining no other nexus between man and man than naked self interest,
than callous 'cash payment'."
- "The history of all hitherto
existing society is the history of class struggles."
- "A spectre
is haunting Europe; the spectre of Communism."
- "What the bourgeoisie
therefore produces, above all, are its own grave-diggers. Its fall and the victory
of the proletariat are equally inevitable."
- "Communism deprives
no man of the ability to appropriate the fruits of his labour. The only thing
it deprives him of is the ability to enslave others by means of such appropriations."
- "But every class struggle is a political struggle."
- "Law, morality, religion, are to him so many bourgeois prejudicies, behind
which lurk in ambush just as many bourgeois intrests."
that we want to do away with is the miserable character of this appropriation,
under which the labourer lives meraly to increase capital, and allowed to live
only so far as the intrest to the ruling class requires it."
people speak of ideas that revolutionize society, they do but express the fact
that within the old society, the elements of a new one have been created."
- "The Communist revolution is the most radical rupture with traditional property
relations; no wonder that its development invloves the most radical rupture with
- "The working men have no country. We cannot
take away from them what they have not got."
- "Of all the classes
that stand face to face with the bourgeoisie today, the proletariat alone is a
really revolutionary class."
- "No sooner is the exploitation
of the labourer by the manufacturer, so far, at an end, that he recives his wages
in cash, than he is set upon by the other portions of the bourgeoisie, the landlord,
the shopkeeper, the pawnbroker, etc."
- "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
- "A class of labourers, who live only so long as they
find work, and who find work only so long as their labour increase capital. These
labourers, who must sell themselves piecemeal, are a comodity, like every other
article of commerce, and are consequently exposed to all the vicissitudes of competition,
to all the fluctuations of the market."
- "He becomes an appendage
of the machine, and it is only the most simple, most monotonous, and most easily
acquired knack, that is required of him. Hence, the cost of production of a workman
is restricted, almost entirely, to the means of subsistance that he requires for
Famous Quotes from the Das Kapital - Karl Marx
- Das Kapital (Capital: A Critique of Political Economy) (1867)
- "The commodity is first of all, an external object, a thing
which through its qualities satisfies human needs of whatever kind. The nature
of these needs, whether they arise, for example, from the stomach, or the imagination,
makes no difference. Nor does it matter here how the thing satisfies man’s need,
whether directly as a means of subsistence, i.e. an object of consumption, or
indirectly as a means of production"
- I, 1, 126
- "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."
- "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."
- "Capital is dead labor, which, vampire-like, lives only by sucking living
labor, and lives the more, the more labor it sucks."
- "Die Technologie enthüllt das aktive Verhalten
des Menschen zur Natur, den unmittelbaren Produktionsprozesss seines Lebens, damit
auch seiner gesellschaftlichen Lebensverhältnisse und der ihnen entquellenden
- English: "Technology discloses
the active relation of man towards nature, as well as the direct process of production
of his very life, and thereby the process of production of his basic societal
relations, of his own mentality, and his images of society, too."
- Das Kapital
Volume I, Chapter 13: "Machinery and Big Industry"
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."
- Volume I, Chapter 13 (last sentence)
- "The battle of competition is fought by the cheapening of commodities."
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