Karl Marx Quotes

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Karl Heinrich Marx was an economist, historian, sociologist, political theorist and journalist who is mostly known for his theories on capitalism and communism. His work mostly focused on the struggle between the capitalists and the working class. Karl Marx’s theories for society are clearly laid out in his book, The Communist Manifesto, which he co-wrote with Friedrich Engels.

Some of the popular books and writings of Karl Marx includes Das Kapital, The Communist Manifesto, The German Ideology, The Poverty of Philosophy, Value, Price and Profit, Wage Labour and Capital, On the Jewish Question, Grundrisse and many others.

Here are some famous and funny Karl Marx quotes on religion, Christianity, socialism, communism, capitalism, death, love, education, success and many other interesting topics:

Famous Karl Marx Quotes

Famous Karl Marx Quotes

1. I am nothing but I must be everything. -Karl Marx

2. To be radical is to grasp things by the root. -Karl Marx

3. Last words are for fools who haven’t said enough. -Karl Marx

4. Reason has always existed, but not always in a reasonable form. -Karl Marx

5. Workers of the world unite; you have nothing to lose but your chains. -Karl Marx

6. It is not the consciousness of men that determines their being, but, on the contrary, their social being that determines their consciousness. -Karl Marx

7. The oppressed are allowed once every few years to decide which particular representatives of the oppressing class are to represent and repress them. -Karl Marx

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

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9. Keep people from their history, and they are easily controlled. -Karl Marx

10. Social progress can be measured by the social position of the female sex. -Karl Marx

11. Accumulation of wealth at one pole is at the same time accumulation of misery, agony of toil, slavery, ignorance, brutality, mental degradation, at the opposite pole. -Karl Marx

12. Anyone who knows anything of history knows that great social changes are impossible without feminine upheaval. Social progress can be measured exactly by the social position of the fair sex, the ugly ones included. -Karl Marx

13. Surround yourself with people who make you happy. People who make you laugh, who help you when you’re in need. People who genuinely care. They are the ones worth keeping in your life. Everyone else is just passing through. -Karl Marx

14. Men make their own history, but they do not make it as they please; they do not make it under self-selected circumstances, but under circumstances existing already, given and transmitted from the past. -Karl Marx

15. The less you eat, drink and read books; the less you go to the theatre, the dance hall, the public house; the less you think, love, theorize, sing, paint, fence, etc., the more you save-the greater becomes your treasure which neither moths nor dust will devour-your capital. The less you are, the more you have; the less you express your own life, the greater is your alienated life-the greater is the store of your estranged being. -Karl Marx

Funny Karl Marx Quotes

Funny Karl Marx Quotes

16. When the sufferers learn to think, then the thinkers will learn to suffer. -Karl Marx

17. Hegel remarks somewhere that all great, world-historical facts and personages occur, as it were, twice. He has forgotten to add: the first time as tragedy, the second as farce.

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18. Catch a man a fish, and you can sell it to him. Teach a man to fish, and you ruin a wonderful business opportunity. -Karl Marx

Karl Marx Quotes On Religion

Karl Marx Quotes On Religion

19. Religion is the opium of the masses. -Karl Marx

20. Religion is the impotence of the human mind to deal with occurrences it cannot understand. -Karl Marx

21. Religion is only the illusory Sun which revolves around man as long as he does not revolve around himself. -Karl Marx

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. It is the opium of the people. -Karl Marx

23. The foundation of irreligious criticism is: Man makes religion, religion does not make man. Religion is, indeed, the self-consciousness and self-esteem of man who has either not yet won through to himself, or has already lost himself again. But man is no abstract being squatting outside the world. Man is the world of man – state, society. This state and this society produce religion, which is an inverted consciousness of the world, because they are an inverted world.

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24. The first requisite for the happiness of the people is the abolition of religion. -Karl Marx

25. The criticism of religion disillusions man, so that he will think, act, and fashion his reality like a man who has discarded his illusions and regained his senses, so that he will move around himself as his own true Sun. -Karl Marx

26. The abolition of religion as the illusory happiness of the people is the demand for their real happiness. To call on them to give up their illusions about their condition is to call on them to give up a condition that requires illusions. The criticism of religion is, therefore, in embryo, the criticism of that vale of tears of which religion is the halo. -Karl Marx

27. Let us consider the actual, worldly Jew – not the Sabbath Jew, as Bauer does, but the everyday Jew. What is the worldly religion of the Jew? Huckstering. What is his worldly God? Money. Money is the jealous god of Israel, in face of which no other god may exist. Money degrades all the gods of man – and turns them into commodities. The bill of exchange is the real god of the Jew. His god is only an illusory bill of exchange. The chimerical nationality of the Jew is the nationality of the merchant, of the man of money in general. -Karl Marx

Karl Marx Quotes On Christianity

Karl Marx Quotes On Christianity

28. To destroy Christianity, we must first destroy the British Empire. -Karl Marx

29. The democratic concept of man is false, because it is Christian. The democratic concept holds that . . . each man is a sovereign being. This is the illusion, dream, and postulate of Christianity.

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30. The social principles of Christianity preach cowardice, self-contempt, abasement, submission, humility, in a word all the qualities of the canaille. -Karl Marx

Karl Marx Quotes On Socialism And Communism

Karl Marx Quotes On Socialism And Communism

31. Democracy is the road to socialism. -Karl Marx

32. There is a specter haunting Europe, the specter of Communism. -Karl Marx

33. A heavy or progressive or graduated income tax is necessary for the proper development of Communism. -Karl Marx

34. Let the ruling classes tremble at a Communistic revolution. The proletarians have nothing to lose but their chains. They have a world to win. Workingmen of all countries unite! -Karl Marx

35. It is high time that Communists should openly, in the face of the whole world, publish their views, their aims, their tendencies, and meet this nursery tale of the Specter of Communism with a Manifesto of the party itself. -Karl Marx

36. We know that violent measures against religion are nonsense; but this is an opinion: as socialism grows, religion will disappear. Its disappearance must be done by social development, in which education must play a part. -Karl Marx

37. There are, besides, eternal truths, such as Freedom, , etc., that are common to all states of society. But Communism abolishes eternal truths, it abolishes all religion, and all morality, instead of constituting them on a new basis; it therefore acts in contradiction to all past historical experience. -Karl Marx

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

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39. Communism begins where atheism begins. -Karl Marx

40. The meaning of peace is the absence of opposition to socialism. -Karl Marx

41. The theory of Communists may be summed up in the single sentence: Abolition of private property. -Karl Marx

42. Communism deprives no man of the power to appropriate the products of society: all that it does is to deprive him of the power to subjugate the labor of others by means of such appropriation. It has been objected, that upon the abolition of private property all work will cease, and universal laziness will overtake us. According to this, bourgeois society ought long ago to have gone to the dogs through sheer idleness; for those of its members who work, acquire nothing, and those who acquire anything, do not work. -Karl Marx

43. In a higher phase of communist society, after the enslaving subordination of the individual to the division of labor, and therewith also the antithesis between mental and physical labor, has vanished; after labor has become not only a means of life but life’s prime want; after the productive forces have also increased with the all-around development of the individual, and all the springs of co-operative wealth flow more abundantly—only then can the narrow horizon of bourgeois right be crossed in its entirety and society inscribe on its banners: From each according to his ability, to each according to his needs! -Karl Marx

Karl Marx Quotes On Capitalism

Karl Marx Quotes On Capitalism

44. My object in life is to dethrone God and destroy capitalism. -Karl Marx

45. While the miser is merely a capitalist gone mad, the capitalist is a rational miser. -Karl Marx

46. Machines were, it may be said, the weapon employed by the capitalists to quell the revolt of specialized labor. -Karl Marx

47. Capital is dead labor, which, vampire-like, lives only by sucking living labor, and lives the more, the more labor it sucks. -Karl Marx

48. Capitalist production, therefore, develops technology, and the combining together of various processes into a social whole, only by sapping the original sources of all wealth – the soil and the laborer. -Karl Marx

49. Owners of capital will stimulate working class to buy more and more of expensive goods, houses and technology, pushing them to take more and more expensive credits, until their debt becomes unbearable. The unpaid debt will lead to bankruptcy of banks which will have to be nationalized and State will have to take the road which will eventually lead to communism. -Karl Marx

50. The last capitalist we hang shall be the one who sold us the rope.

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51. Capital is reckless of the health or length of life of the laborer, unless under compulsion from society. -Karl Marx

52. In bourgeois society capital is independent and has individuality, while the living person is dependent and has no individuality. -Karl Marx

53. 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

54. Within the capitalist system all methods for raising the social productiveness of labor are brought about at the cost of the individual laborer; all means for the development of production transform themselves into means of domination over, and exploitation of, the producers; they mutilate the laborer into a fragment of a man, degrade him to the level of an appendage of a machine, destroy every remnant of charm in his work and turn it into a hated toil; they estrange from him the intellectual potentialities of the labor process in the same proportion as science is incorporated in it as an independent power; they distort the conditions under which he works, subject him during the labor process to a despotism the more hateful for its meanness; they transform his life-time into working-time, and drag his wife and child beneath the wheels of the Juggernaut of capital. -Karl Marx

55. 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. The class which has the means of material production at its disposal, has control at the same time over the means of mental production, so that thereby, generally speaking, the ideas of those who lack the means of mental production are subject to it. The ruling ideas are nothing more than the ideal expression of the dominant material relationships, the dominant material relationships grasped as ideas. -Karl Marx

Karl Marx Communist Manifesto Quotes

Karl Marx Communist Manifesto Quotes

56. The free development of each is the condition for the free development of all. -Karl Marx

57. The proletarians have nothing to loose but their chains. They have a world to win. -Karl Marx

58. In proportion therefore, as the repulsiveness of the work increases, the wage decreases. -Karl Marx

59. Then the world will be for the common people, and the sounds of happiness will reach the deepest springs. Ah! Come! People of every land, how can you not be roused. -Karl Marx

60. Communists everywhere support every revolutionary movement against the existing social and political order of things… They openly declare that their ends can be attained only by the forcible overthrow of all existing social conditions. -Karl Marx

61. The bourgeoisie cannot exist without constantly revolutionizing the instruments of production, and thereby the relations of production, and with them the whole relations of society. Conservation of the old modes of production in unaltered forms, was, on the contrary, the first condition of existence for all earlier industrial classes. Constant revolutionizing of production, uninterrupted disturbance of all social conditions, everlasting uncertainty and agitation, distinguish the bourgeois epoch from all earlier ones. All fixed, fast-frozen relations, with their train of ancient and venerable prejudices and opinions, 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.

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62. Political power, properly so called, is merely the organized power of one class for oppressing another. -Karl Marx

63. But modern bourgeois private property is the final and most complete expression of the system of producing and appropriating products, that is based on class antagonisms, on the exploitation of the many by the few. -Karl Marx

64. Modern bourgeois society with its relations of production, of exchange, and of property, a society that has conjured up such gigantic means of production and of exchange, is like the sorcerer, who is no longer able to control the powers of the nether world whom he has called up by his spells. -Karl Marx

65. The history of all hitherto existing society is the history of class struggles. Freeman and slave, patrician and plebeian, lord and serf, guildmaster and journeyman, in a word, oppressor and oppressed, stood in constant opposition to one another, carried on an uninterrupted, now hidden, now open fight, that each time ended, either in the revolutionary reconstitution of society at large, or in the common ruin of the contending classes. -Karl Marx

66. You are horrified at our intending to do away with private property. But in your existing society private property is already done away with for nine-tenths of the population; its existence for the few is solely due to its non-existence in the hands of those nine-tenths. You reproach us, therefore, with intending to do away with a form of property, the necessary condition for whose existence is the non-existence of any property for the immense majority of society. -Karl Marx

Karl Marx Quotes On Death

Karl Marx Quotes On Death

67. The death of heroes is like a sunset.

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Karl Marx Quotes On Love

Karl Marx Quotes On Love

68. Philosophy stands in the same relation to the study of the actual world as masturbation to sexual love.

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69. Landlords, like all other men, love to reap where they never sowed. -Karl Marx

Karl Marx Quotes On Education

Karl Marx Quotes On Education

70. Free education for all children in public schools… Combination of education with industrial production. -Karl Marx

71. The education of all children, from the moment that they can get along without a mother’s care, shall be in state institutions.

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72. Education is free. Freedom of education shall be enjoyed under the condition fixed by law and under the supreme law of the state. -Karl Marx

Karl Marx Quotes On Success

Karl Marx Quotes On Success

73. Follow your own path, no matter what people say. -Karl Marx

74. The production of too many useful things results in too many useless people.

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75. Accumulation of wealth at one pole is at the same time accumulation of misery, agony of toil, slavery, ignorance, brutality, mental degradation, at the opposite pole. -Karl Marx