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

Karl Marx

Karl Marx

Profession: Philosopher
Nationality: German

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A commodity appears at first sight an extremely obvious, trivial thing. But its analysis brings out that it is a very strange thing, abounding in metaphysical subtleties and theological niceties.

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

Necessity is blind until it becomes conscious. Freedom is the consciousness of necessity.

Religion is the opium of the masses.

The writer may very well serve a movement of history as its mouthpiece, but he cannot of course create it.

While the miser is merely a capitalist gone mad, the capitalist is a rational miser.

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.

The country that is more developed industrially only shows, to the less developed, the image of its own future.

I am not a Marxist.

Let the ruling classes tremble at a communist revolution. The proletarians have nothing to lose but their chains. They have a world to win. Workingmen of all countries, unite!

Without doubt, machinery has greatly increased the number of well-to-do idlers.

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

The philosophers have only interpreted the world; the thing, however, is to change it.

A specter is haunting Europe - the specter of communism.