Quotes by: Karl Marx

Karl Marx
Marx in 1875
Born (1818-05-05)5 May 1818
Trier, Kingdom of Prussia, German Confederation (present-day Trier, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany)
Died 14 March 1883(1883-03-14) (aged 64)
London, England, United Kingdom
Residence Germany, France, Belgium, United Kingdom
Nationality German/stateless
Education Gymnasium zu Trier (de)
Alma mater Universities of Bonn, Berlin and Jena (PhD, 1841)
Era 19th-century philosophy
Region Western philosophy, German philosophy
School Marxism
Main interests
Politics, economics, philosophy, sociology, labour, history, class struggle, natural sciences
Notable ideas
Surplus value, contributions to the labour theory of value, class struggle, alienation and exploitation of the worker, materialist conception of history

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.
Karl Marx
The theory of Communism may be summed up in one sentence: Abolish all private property.
Karl Marx
It is absolutely impossible to transcend the laws of nature. What can change in historically different circumstances is only the form in which these laws expose themselves.
Karl Marx
The English have all the material requisites for the revolution. What they lack is the spirit of generalization and revolutionary ardour.
Karl Marx
The ideas of the ruling class are in every epoch the ruling ideas, i.e., the class which is the ruling material force of society, is at the same time its ruling intellectual force.
Karl Marx
The worker of the world has nothing to lose, but their chains, workers of the world unite.
Karl Marx
Necessity is blind until it becomes conscious. Freedom is the consciousness of necessity.
Karl Marx
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
Society does not consist of individuals but expresses the sum of interrelations, the relations within which these individuals stand.
Karl Marx
The development of civilization and industry in general has always shown itself so active in the destruction of forests that everything that has been done for their conservation and production is completely insignificant in comparison.
Karl Marx
Without doubt, machinery has greatly increased the number of well-to-do idlers.
Karl Marx
The writer must earn money in order to be able to live and to write, but he must by no means live and write for the purpose of making money.
Karl Marx
Capital is reckless of the health or length of life of the laborer, unless under compulsion from society.
Karl Marx
In bourgeois society capital is independent and has individuality, while the living person is dependent and has no individuality.
Karl Marx
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 production.
Karl Marx
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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