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Karl Marx

1818-1883 ,  German philosopher
Karl MarxPrussian-born philosopher, revolutionary, sociologist, historian, and economist. He published (with Friedrich Engels) The Communist Manifesto, (1848) the most celebrated pamphlet of Socialism and one of the world’s most influential political manuscripts. He also was the author of the movement’s most important book, Das Kapital (Capital: Critique of Political Economy).

His work had a great influence on subsequent intellectual, economic, and political history. Marxism has been the theoretical background of the Russian revolution and the Soviet regime.

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The philosophers have only interpreted the world, in various ways. The point, however, is to change it.


From each according to his abilities, to each according to his needs.


If anything is certain, it is that I myself am not a Marxist.


Prometheus is the most eminent saint and martyr in the philosophical calendar.


A spectre is haunting Europe; the spectre of Communism.

the first phrase in The Manifesto of the Communist Party [1848]


The history of all hitherto existing society is the history of class struggles.


The theory of Communism may be summed up in the single sentence: Abolition of private property.


The proletarians have nothing to lose but their chains.


Workers of the world, unite!


Hegel remarks somewhere that all facts and personages of great importance in world history occur, as it were, twice. He forgot to add: the first time as a tragedy, the second time as farce.


Money is not only the object but also the fountainhead of greed.


Luxury is the opposite of the naturally necessary.


Money is itself a product of circulation.


The most violent, mean and malignant passions of the human breast, the Furies of private interest.


Wherever the want of clothing forced them to it, the human race made clothes for thousands of years, without a single man becoming a tailor.


Capital is dead labor, that vampire-like, only lives by sucking living labor, and lives the more, the more labor it sucks.


Go on, get out! Last words are for fools who haven't said enough!

his last words


To be radical is to grasp things by the root.


Religion is the impotence of the human mind to deal with occurrences it cannot understand.


Religion is the opium of the people.












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