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Karl Liebknecht
Born 13 August 1871
Leipzig, Kingdom of Saxony, German Empire
Died 15 January 1919(1919-01-15) (aged 47)
Berlin, Germany
Citizenship German
Alma mater Humboldt University of Berlin
Occupation Lawyer
Politician
Revolutionary
Political party

Social Democratic Party of Germany
(1900–1914)
Spartacus League
(1914–1918)
Communist Party of Germany
(1919)

Spouse(s) Julia Paradies (divorced)
Sophie Liebknecht
Relatives Wilhelm Liebknecht (father)
Natalie Liebknecht (mother)

Imperialism is not the creation of any one or any one group of states.
This republic represents the greatest basis for that universal socialist order, the creation of which is at the present time the historic task of the International Proletariat.
Karl Liebknecht
Workers, comrades, and you, women of the people, let not this festival of May, the second during the war, pass without protest against the Imperialist Slaughter.
Karl Liebknecht
But Socialism, alone, can bring self-determination of their peoples.
In capitalist history, invasion and class struggle are not opposites, as the official legend would have us believe, but one is the means and the expression of the other.
Karl Liebknecht
Class struggle: external peace, international solidarity, peace among peoples. This is the sacred slogan of international socialist democracy that liberates nations.
Karl Liebknecht
Just as invasion is the true and tried weapon in the hands of capital against the class struggle, so on the other hand the fearless pursuit of the class struggle has always proven the most effective preventative of foreign invasions.
Karl Liebknecht
Long live the liberation of the workers off all countries from the infernal chasm of war, exploitation and slavery!
Karl Liebknecht
The new Germany has the unquestionable right to hold its tongue between its teeth.
Karl Liebknecht
To the socialist no nation is free whose national existence is based upon the enslavement of another people, for to him colonial peoples, too, are peoples, and, as such, parts of the national state.
Karl Liebknecht
Through this experience we have been warned – learn everything, don't forget anything!
Karl Liebknecht
Passive fatalism can never be the role of a revolutionary party, like the Social Democracy.
Karl Liebknecht
The failure of the Russian Socialist Republic will be the defeat of the proletariat of the whole world.
Karl Liebknecht
International socialism recognizes the right of free independent nations, with equal rights.
Karl Liebknecht

But Socialism, alone, can bring self-determination of their peoples.
Consider well this fact: As long as the German people does not arise and use force directed by its own will, the assassination of the people will continue.
Karl Liebknecht
Like a cyclone, imperialism spins across the globe; militarism crushes peoples and sucks their blood like a vampire.
Karl Liebknecht
For capitalism, war and peace are business and nothing but business.
In the present imperialistic milieu there can be no wars of national self-defense.
Karl Liebknecht
Capitalism is war; socialism is peace.
The Russian revolution was to an unprecedented degree the cause of the proletariat of the whole world becoming more revolutionary.
Karl Liebknecht
The basic law of capitalism is you or I, not both you and I.
Yes, Socialists should defend their country in great historical crises.
The aim of my life is the overthrow of monarchy.
Incendiary capitalism is carrying its out evil works more dangerously than ever, and is doing so in the increasingly dangerous neighborhood of the powder kegs that are the great European military powers.
Karl Liebknecht