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Quotations From KARL MARX

 

  • 1.
    Society does not consist of individuals but expresses the sum of interrelations, the relations within which these individuals stand.
    Karl Marx (1818-1883), German political theorist, social philosopher. "Notebook 2," Grundrisse (written 1857-1858, publ. 1939). The Grundrisse or outline, is a rough draft of Marx's master work, Das Capital. It was unknown until its publication in 1939, when it caused great controversy amongst academics, revealing as it does (along with other previously lost works) an apparently more philosophical and humanist Marx.
  • 2.
    History repeats itself, first as tragedy, second as farce.
    Karl Marx (1818-1883), German political theorist, social philosopher. repr. In Karl Marx: Selected Works, vol. 2 (1942). Paraphrase of the opening sentences of The Eighteenth Brumaire of Louis Bonaparte (1852). The actual words were: "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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  • 3.
    While the miser is merely a capitalist gone mad, the capitalist is a rational miser.
    Karl Marx (1818-1883), German political theorist, social philosopher. Capital, vol. 1, ch. 4 (1867).

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  • 4.
    The writer may very well serve a movement of history as its mouthpiece, but he cannot of course create it.
    Karl Marx (1818-1883), German political theorist, social philosopher. repr. In Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels: Collected Works, vol. 6 (1976). Moralizing Criticism and Critical Morality (1847).

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  • 5.
    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 (1818-1883), German political theorist, social philosopher. Letter, July 11, 1868, to Dr. Kugelmann. Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels: Collected Works, vol. 38 (1982).

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  • 6.
    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 (1818-1883), German political theorist, social philosopher. "Hobbes on Labor, on Value and on the Economic Role of Science," vol. 1, addendum, Theories of Surplus Value (1862-1863).

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  • 7.
    The human being is in the most literal sense a political animal, not merely a gregarious animal, but an animal which can individuate itself only in the midst of society.
    Karl Marx (1818-1883), German political theorist, social philosopher. Grundrisse, notebook 1, sct. 1 (1857-1858).

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  • 8.
    Landlords, like all other men, love to reap where they never sowed.
    Karl Marx (1818-1883), German political theorist, social philosopher. "First Manuscript," Early Writings, ed. T.B. Bottomore (1884).

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  • 9.
    Natural science will in time incorporate into itself the science of man, just as the science of man will incorporate into itself natural science: there will be one science.
    Karl Marx (1818-1883), German political theorist, social philosopher. repr. In Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels: Collected Works, vol. 3 (1975). Economic and Philosophic Manuscripts of 1844 (1844).

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  • 10.
    The production of too many useful things results in too many useless people.
    Karl Marx (1818-1883), German political theorist, social philosopher. repr. In Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels: Collected Works, vol. 3. Economic and Philosophic Manuscripts (1844).

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