Wilhelm Liebknecht lived a life that combined the influence of journalism as a means to establish his political beliefs in Germany. With a leaning towards socialism and a yearning for change he became involved in several insurrections that resulted in him serving both prison time and living in exile. While in exile in London from 1850 until 1862 he became influenced by Karl Marx and he joined the communist league. Having returned to Germany he immersed himself in his writing through the Democratic Weekly until he was sentenced to two years in prison for treasonable intentions. After many years fighting to be recognised the Social Democratic Party was founded in 1891 and Liebknecht spent the remainder of his life writing for Vorwärts the party's mouthpiece in print. 50,000 plus people turned out for his funeral procession and he will be long remembered for his contribution to the Socialist peoples cause, so this is my compilation of eight of the best Wilhelm Liebknecht quotes.
- Mini Bio
- Name: Wilhelm Liebknecht
- Born: 29th March 1826, Giessen, Germany
- Died: 7th August 1900, Charlottenburg, Berlin, Germany
- Occupation: Journalist, politician and author
- Famous for: Being one of main founders of the German Social Democratic Party
- Trivia: During his exile in London he was inspired and influenced by Karl Marx
"Our most dangerous enemy is not the standing army of soldiers, but the standing army of enemy journalists"
"Knowledge is power"
"When Marx got into a difficult position he would get angry and losing a game would cause him to fly into a rage"
"Militarism is not specific to capitalism"
"Socialism without democracy is pseudo-socialism, just as democracy without socialism is pseudo-democracy"
"No Compromise - No Political Trading"
"We have perceived that socialism and democracy are inseparable"
"Our fortress can withstand every assault – it can not be stormed nor taken from us by siege"