Friedrich Engels


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Friedrich Engels (28 November 1820 – 5 August 1895) was a German social scientist, author, political theorist, philosopher, and father of Marxist theory, alongside Karl Marx. In 1845 he published The Condition of the Working Class in England, based on personal observations and research. In 1848 he co-authored The Communist Manifesto with Karl Marx, and later he supported Marx financially to do ... more »

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  • ''The state is not "abolished," it withers away.''
    Friedrich Engels (1820-1895), German social philosopher. Anti-Düring, pt. 3, ch. 2 (1878).
  • Ireland still remains the Holy Isle whose aspirations must on no account be mixed with the profane class-struggles of the rest of the sinful world ... the Irish peasant must not on any account know th...
    Friedrich Engels (1820-1895), German social philosopher. letter, Dec. 9, 1869, to Karl Marx. Marx and Engels: Collected Works, vol. 43 (1988).
  • ''An ounce of action is worth a ton of theory.''
    Friedrich Engels (1820-1895), German social philosopher. Quoted in Reg Groves, The Strange Case of Victor Grayson, ch. 2 (1975).
  • ''Freedom is the recognition of necessity.''
    Friedrich Engels (1820-1895), German social philosopher. Quoted in The Harvest of a Quiet Eye, Alan L. Mackay (1977).
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