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

Karl Marx

Karl Marx

Profession: Philosopher
Nationality: German

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Nothing can have value without being an object of utility.

In a higher phase of communist society... only then can the narrow horizon of bourgeois right be fully left behind and society inscribe on its banners: from each according to his ability, to each according to his needs.

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

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

Religion is the opium of the masses.

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.

Machines were, it may be said, the weapon employed by the capitalists to quell the revolt of specialized labor.

The ideas of the ruling class are in every epoch the ruling ideas, i.e., the class which is the ruling material force of society, is at the same time its ruling intellectual force.

A specter is haunting Europe - the specter of communism.

Society does not consist of individuals but expresses the sum of interrelations, the relations within which these individuals stand.

Capitalist production, therefore, develops technology, and the combining together of various processes into a social whole, only by sapping the original sources of all wealth - the soil and the labourer.

Capital is money, capital is commodities. By virtue of it being value, it has acquired the occult ability to add value to itself. It brings forth living offspring, or, at the least, lays golden eggs.

Capital is dead labor, which, vampire-like, lives only by sucking living labor, and lives the more, the more labor it sucks.

The writer must earn money in order to be able to live and to write, but he must by no means live and write for the purpose of making money.