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Karl Marx Quotes


Karl Marx Being the father of modern Communism must be quite galling when the capitalists you once despised use your image and name to sell wine, albeit a red wine, to shamelessly profit on the irony of your lifes' philosophies. Such is the lot of Karl Marx the author of the 1848 "Communist Manifesto" who must be rolling in his tomb with rage at the thought of a Karl Marx branded corkscrew popping the cork off a bottle of red bearing his name and image and someone celebrating with a hearty "cheers" and clinking glasses with a beer called MarxStädter specially brewed by a bourgeois in honour of our gallant comrade Karl. The irony of this world where nothing is really certain never ceases to amaze as time and history teach every new generation something of a regurgitation of what has already passed. Karl Marx was without doubt an eminent thinker of his day and he penned some of the most influential words written in the nineteenth century. But as with Marxist theory, which itself was explained would evolve, so did the interpretation of his ground breaking ideas which manifested themselves as Stalinism and Maoism (to name but two), although quite how Karl would philosophise the "great" purges of these dictators, one could only imagine him choking on a gulp of the aforementioned Deutsche Rotwein with a bad after taste on not just the palate but also the mind. The young Karl Marx was actually fond of a tipple and in his student days in Bonn he got himself locked up for rowdy behaviour which culminated in a charge of public drunkenness. Another bier keller inspired incident showed from an early age he was critical of religion and he caused quite a stir when accompanied by one of his friends they rode donkeys through the streets of Bonn on a Easter Sunday which drew the ire of the local christians. His father Heinrich was not impressed by these shenanigans and quickly enrolled him at the University of Berlin where he studied philosophy and came under the influence of Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel whose ideas changed the way he thought about things and led him to develop his own thought processes which in turn would inspire his later writing. His philosophical insight into his fellow man was very perceptive and Karl Marx was once quoted as saying: "Men can see nothing around them that is not their own image; everything speaks to them of themselves. Their very landscape is alive". Another great Max quote was quite an eye opener when he said: "Necessity is blind until it becomes conscious. Freedom is the consciousness of necessity". The perception of mans needs separated from his chains to access these needs would give every human on this planet the freedom to do as they wish is still a utopian dream, but the realisation of that freedom is still something the majority of the population are blissfully unaware of. Having an unthinking population has been successful for the elites of many countries for centuries and during Marx's day his radical thinking was deemed a dangerous influence and he got exiled from many European states and finally ended up in London where they allowed him the freedom to write, publish and live as he wished. He died oblivious to the impact he was to have in the twentieth century and his influence still reverberates around the parliaments of the world in many guises. Political manifesto's apart, he was good for a one liner also, so here is my compilation of 20 of the best Karl Marx quotes
  • Mini Bio
  • Name: Karl Heinrich Marx
  • Born: 5th May 1818, Trier, Grand Duchy of the Lower Rhine, Kingdom of Prussia
  • Died: 14th March 1883, London, England
  • Resting place: Tomb of Karl Marx, Highgate Cemetery, London, England
  • Alma mater: University of Bonn, University of Berlin and University of Jena
  • Occupation: Philosopher and political theorist
  • Era: 19th-century philosophy
  • Influenced by: Bruno Bauer, Charles Darwin, Friedrich Engels, Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Karl Schapper and Voltaire
  • Inspired: Antonio Gramsci, E. P. Thompson, Eric Hobsbawm, Fidel Castro, Jawaharlal Nehru, Jean-Claude Juncker, Joseph Stalin, Josip Broz Tito, Leon Trotsky, Mao Zedong, Nelson Mandela, Salvador Allende, Vladimir Lenin and Xi Jinping
  • Notable Works by Karl Marx: The Philosophical Manifesto of the Historical School of Law (1842), Critique of Hegel’s Philosophy or Right (1843), The German Ideology (1845), Manifesto of the Communist Party (1848), Theories of Surplus Value (1862) and Das Kapital (1867)
  • Height: 5' 9" (1.75 m)
  • Trivia: In Trier, the city of his birth, they took advantage of his 200th birthday in 2018 by using his name to sell "zero-euro" bank notes at a cost of 3 Euros. The notes came complete with the image of Marx gazing obliviously at the irony of capitalist greed
  • Quotes about Karl Marx: Che Guevara was inspired to say "The merit of Marx is that he suddenly produces a qualitative change in the history of social thought. He interprets history, understands its dynamic, predicts the future, but in addition to predicting it (which would satisfy his scientific obligation), he expresses a revolutionary concept: the world must not only be interpreted, it must be transformed. Man ceases to be the slave and tool of his environment and converts himself into the architect of his own destiny"
  • The philosopher Moses Hess drew high profile comparisons when he said of him: "Try to imagine Rousseau, Voltaire, Holbach, Lessing, Heine and Hegel all rolled into one — truly united so as to make a unified whole and you will get an idea of Marx's makeup"
  • The author Nassim Nicholas Taleb talked of his psychology: "Karl Marx, a visionary, figured out that you can control a slave much better by convincing him he is an employee"

"Religion is the impotence of the human mind to deal with occurrences it cannot understand"

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"My object in life is to dethrone God and destroy capitalism"

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"History is not like some individual person, which uses men to achieve its ends. History is nothing but the actions of men in pursuit of their ends"

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"Material force can only be overthrown by material force, but theory itself becomes a material force when it has seized the masses"

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

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"Last words are for those fools who believe they have not yet said enough"

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"Democracy is the road to socialism"

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"Follow your own path, no matter what people say"

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"History repeats itself, first as tragedy, second as farce"

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"I do not like money, money is the reason we fight"

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"Misery motivates, not utopia"

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"Religion is the opium of the masses"

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"Every emancipation is a restoration of the human world and of human relationships to a man himself"

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"The proletarians have nothing to lose but their chains. They have a world to win"

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"The circulation of capital realizes value, while living labour creates value"

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"No production without a need. But consumption reproduces the need"

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"From each according to his ability, to each according to his needs"

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"A man cannot become a child again, or he becomes childish"

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"Luxury is the opposite of the naturally necessary"

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"Every beginning is difficult, holds in all sciences"

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