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Quote Left The greatest horrors in the history of mankind are not due to the ambition of the Napoleons or the vengeance of the Agamemnons, but to the doctrinaire philosophers. The theories of the sentimentalist Rousseau inspired the integrity of the passionless Robespierre. The cold-blooded calculations of Karl Marx led to the judicial and business-like operations of the Cheka. Quote Right
Quote Left Catch a man a fish, and you can sell it to him. Teach a man to fish, and you ruin a wonderful business opportunity. Quote Right
Quote Left Religion is the opiate of the masses. Quote Right
Quote Left Constant revolutionizing of production distinguish the bourgeois epoch from all earlier ones. All fixed, fast-frozen relations, with their train of ancient and venerable prejudices 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. Quote Right
Quote Left 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. Quote Right
Quote Left 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. Quote Right
Quote Left Nothing can have value without being an object of utility. Quote Right
Quote Left The tradition of all the dead generations weighs like a nightmare on the brain of the living. Quote Right
Quote Left 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. Quote Right
Quote Left In communist society, where nobody has one exclusive sphere of activity but each can become accomplished in any branch he wishes, society regulates the general production and thus makes it possible for me to do one thing today and another tomorrow, to hunt in the morning, fish in the afternoon, rear cattle in the evening, criticize after dinner, just as I have a mind, without ever becoming hunter, fisherman, shepherd or critic. Quote Right
Quote Left Religious distress is at the same time the expression of the real distress and also the protest against real distress. Religion is the sigh of the oppressed creature, the heart of a heartless world, just as it is the spirit of the spiritless condition. It is the opium of the people. Quote Right
Quote Left As in private life one differentiates between what a man thinks and says of himself and what he really is and does, so in historical struggles one must still more distinguish the language and the imaginary aspirations of parties from their real organism and their real interests, their conception of themselves from their reality. Quote Right
Quote Left The policy of Russia is changeless. Its methods, its tactics, its maneuvers may change, but the polar star of its policy, world domination, is a fixed star. About Russia Quote Right
Quote Left 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. Quote Right
Quote Left Machines were, it may be said, the weapon employed by the capitalists to quell the revolt of specialized labor. Quote Right
Quote Left 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. Quote Right
Quote Left The Tories in England had long imagined that they were enthusiastic about the monarchy, the church and beauties of the old English Constitution, until the day of danger wrung from them the confession that they are enthusiastic only about rent. Quote Right
Quote Left Philosophy is to the real world as masturbation is to sex. Quote Right
Quote Left Capital is reckless of the health or length of life of the laborer, unless under compulsion from society Quote Right
Quote Left 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. Quote Right
Quote Left One of the most difficult tasks confronting philosophers is to descend from the world of thought to the actual world. Language is the immediate actuality of thought. Just as philosophers have given thought an independent existence, so they were bound to make language into an independent realm. Quote Right
Quote Left Art is always and everywhere the secret confession, and at the same time the immortal movement of its time Quote Right
Quote Left 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. Quote Right
Quote Left In the domain of Political Economy, free scientific inquiry meets not merely the same enemies as in all other domains. The peculiar nature of the material it deals with, summons as foes into the field of battle the most violent, mean and malignant passions of the human breast, the Furies of private interest. Quote Right
Quote Left The English have all the material requisites for the revolution. What they lack is the spirit of generalization and revolutionary ardour. Quote Right
Quote Left Every act and event is the inevitable result of prior acts and events and is independent of human will Quote Right
Quote Left 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. Quote Right
Quote Left Philosophy is to the real world as masturbation is to sex Quote Right
Quote Left The only antidote to mental suffering is physical pain. Quote Right
Quote Left On a level plain, simple mounds look like hills; and the insipid flatness of our present bourgeoisie is to be measured by the altitude of its great intellects. Quote Right
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Quote Left I read 'My Struggle' by Adolf Hitler, and I did not become a Nazi. I read 'The Capital' by Karl Marx, and I did not become a Communist. I read 'The Holy Bible' by God, and I did not become a Christian. Quote Right