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Friedrich Engels was a philosopher, critic of political economy, historian, political theorist and revolutionary socialist who is very popular for his contributions to the ideology of socialism and communism. He is also famous for writing the book, The Communist Manifesto, which he co-wrote with Karl Marx. Other books that Friedrich Engels wrote were The Condition of the Working Class in England, The German Ideology, The Principles of Communism, The Origin of the Family, Private Property and the State as well as many others.

Here are some famous Friedrich Engels quotes on religion, socialism and capitalism:

Famous Friedrich Engels Quotes

Famous Friedrich Engels Quotes

1. Freedom is the recognition of necessity. -Friedrich Engels

2. If there were no Frenchwomen, life wouldn’t be worth living. -Friedrich Engels

3. Everything must justify its existence before the judgment seat of Reason, or give up existence. -Friedrich Engels

4. Do you charge us with wanting to stop the exploitation of children by their parents? To this crime we plead guilty. -Friedrich Engels

5. All history has been a history of class struggles between dominated classes at various stages of social development.

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6. An ounce of action is worth a ton of theory. -Friedrich Engels

7. From the first day to this, sheer greed was the driving spirit of civilization. -Friedrich Engels

8. What is good for the ruling class, is alleged to be good for the whole of society with which the ruling class identifies itself. -Friedrich Engels

9. The middle classes have a truly extraordinary conception of society. They really believe that human beings . . . have real existence only if they make money or help to make it. -Friedrich Engels

10. The proletariat uses the State not in the interests of freedom but in order to hold down its adversaries, and as soon as it becomes possible to speak of freedom the State as such ceases to exist. -Friedrich Engels

Best Friedrich Engels Quotes

Best Friedrich Engels Quotes

11. All that is real in human history becomes irrational in the process of time. -Friedrich Engels

12. In the Semitic patriarchal family, only the patriarch himself, or at best a few of his sons, practice polygamy, the others must be satisfied with one wife. -Friedrich Engels

13. Actually, each mental image of the world system is and remains limited, objectively by the historical situation and subjectively by its author’s physical and mental constitution. -Friedrich Engels

14. Thus, as far as he is a scientific man, as far as he knows anything, he is a materialist; outside his science, in spheres about which he knows nothing, he translates his ignorance into Greek and calls it agnosticism. -Friedrich Engels

15. A change in Quantity also entails a change in Quality.

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16. What each individual wills is obstructed by everyone else, and what emerges is something that no one willed. -Friedrich Engels

17. With the pairing family, therefore, the abduction and barter of women began—widespread symptoms, and nothing but that, of a new and much more profound change. -Friedrich Engels

18. Monogamy was the first form of the family not founded on natural, but on economic conditions, viz.: the victory of private property over primitive and natural collectivism. -Friedrich Engels

19. The emancipation of woman will only be possible when woman can take part in production on a large, social scale, and domestic work no longer claims anything but an insignificant amount of her time. -Friedrich Engels

20. The materialist conception of history starts from the proposition that the production of the means to support human life and, next to production, the exchange of things produced, is the basis of all social structure; that in every society that has appeared in history, the manner in which wealth is distributed and society divided into classes or orders is dependent upon what is produced, how it is produced, and how the products are exchanged. -Friedrich Engels

Friedrich Engels Quotes On Religion

21. The doctrine of Hegel, taken as a whole, left plenty of room for giving shelter to the most diverse practical party views. And in the theoretical Germany of that time, two things above all were practical: religion and politics. Whoever placed the chief emphasis on the Hegelian system could be fairly conservative in both spheres; whoever regarded the dialectical method as the main thing could belong to the most extreme opposition, both in politics and religion. -Friedrich Engels

22. Religious suffering is, at one and the same time, the expression of real suffering and a protest against real suffering. Religion is the sigh of the oppressed creature, the heart of a heartless world, and the soul of soulless conditions.

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23. Just as Darwin discovered the law of development or organic nature, so Marx discovered the law of development of human history: the simple fact, hitherto concealed by an overgrowth of ideology, that mankind must first of all eat, drink, have shelter and clothing, before it can pursue politics, science, art, religion, etc.; that therefore the production of the immediate material means, and consequently the degree of economic development attained by a given people or during a given epoch, form the foundation upon which the state institutions, the legal conceptions, art, and even the ideas on religion, of the people concerned have been evolved, and in the light of which they must, therefore, be explained, instead of vice versa, as had hitherto been the case. -Friedrich Engels

Friedrich Engels Quotes On Socialism

Friedrich Engels Quotes On Socialism

24. The free development of each is the condition for the free development of all. -Friedrich Engels

25. In this sense, the theory of the Communists may be summed up in the single sentence: Abolition of private property. -Friedrich Engels

26. Let the ruling classes tremble at a Communistic revolution. The proletarians have nothing to lose but their chains. They have a world to win. -Friedrich Engels

27. Just as Darwin discovered the law of development of organic nature, so Marx discovered the law of development of human history: the simple fact, hitherto concealed by an overgrowth of ideology, that mankind must first of all eat, drink, have shelter and clothing, before it can pursue politics, science, art, religion, etc. -Friedrich Engels

28. In short, the Communists everywhere support every revolutionary movement against the existing social and political order of things. In all these movements they bring to the front, as the leading question in each, the property question, no matter what its degree of development at the time. Finally, they labor everywhere for the union and agreement of the democratic parties of all countries. The Communists disdain to conceal their views and aims. They openly declare that their ends can be attained only by the forcible overthrow of all existing social conditions. Let the ruling classes tremble at a Communistic revolution. The proletarians have nothing to lose but their chains. They have a world to win. WORKING MEN OF ALL COUNTRIES, UNITE!

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29. The state is nothing but an instrument of oppression of one class by another – no less so in a democratic republic than in a monarchy. -Friedrich Engels

30. The immediate aim of the Communist is the same as that of all the other proletarian parties: formation of the proletariat into a class, overthrow of the bourgeois supremacy, conquest of political power by the proletariat. -Friedrich Engels

31. Naked greed has been the moving spirit of civilization from the first day of its existence to the present time; wealth, more wealth, and wealth again; wealth not of society, but of this shabby individual was its sole and determining aim. -Friedrich Engels

32. Darwin did not know what a bitter satire he wrote on mankind…when he showed that free competition, the struggle for existence, which the economists celebrate as the highest historical achievement, is the normal state of the animal kingdom. Only conscious organization of social production, in which production and distribution are carried on in a planned way, can lift mankind above the rest of the animal. -Friedrich Engels

33. Competition permits the capitalist to deduct from the price of labor power that which the family earns from its own little garden or field; the workers are compelled to accept any piece wages offered to them, because otherwise they would get nothing at all, and they could not live from the products of their small-scale agriculture alone, and because, on the other hand, it is just this agriculture and landownership which chains them to the spot and prevents them from looking around for other employment. -Friedrich Engels