“The tradition of all dead generations weighs like a nightmare on the brains of the living.”

“Reason has always existed, but not always in a reasonable form.”

“The education of all children, from the moment that they can get along without a mother's care, shall be in state institutions.”

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

“The philosophers have only interpreted the world, in various ways. The point, however, is to change it.”

“Communism is for us not a state of affairs which is to be established, an ideal to which reality [will] have to adjust itself. We call communism the real movement which abolishes the present state of things. The conditions of this movement result from the premises now in existence.”

“The oppressed are allowed once every few years to decide which particular representatives of the oppressing class are to represent and repress them.”

“Go on, get out! Last words are for fools who haven't said enough!”

“The last capitalist we hang shall be the one who sold us the rope.”

“If you love without evoking love in return - if through the vital expression of yourself as a loving person you fail to become a loved person, then your love is impotent, it is a misfortune.”

“Religion is the impotence of the human mind to deal with occurrences it cannot understand.”

“The ruling ideas of each age have ever been the ideas of its ruling class.”

“Surround yourself with people who make you happy. People who make you laugh, who help you when you’re in need. People who genuinely care. They are the ones worth keeping in your life. Everyone else is just passing through.”

“Capitalism: Teach a man to fish, but the fish he catches aren't his. They belong to the person paying him to fish, and if he's lucky, he might get paid enough to buy a few fish for himself.”

“It is well known how the monks wrote silly lives of Catholic Saints over the manuscripts on which the classical works of ancient heathendom had been written.”

“I am a machine condemned to devour books.”

“To be radical is to go to the root of the matter. For man, however, the root is man himself.”

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

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

“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.”

“You must be aware that the reward for labour, and quantity of labour, are quite disparate things.”

“The road to hell is paved with good intentions.”

“In history as in nature, decay is the laboratory of life.”

“Merely quantitative differences, beyond a certain point, pass into qualitative changes.”

“The ideas of the ruling class are in every epoch the ruling ideas.”

“All science would be superfluous if the outward appearance and the essence of things directly coincided.”

“Philosophers have hitherto only interpreted the world in various ways; the point, however, is to change it.”

Karl Marx

1818 - 1883