123+ Best Karl Marx Quotes: Exclusive Selection

Karl Marx was a German philosopher, economist, historian, sociologist, political theorist, journalist and socialist revolutionary. Profoundly inspirational Karl Marx quotes will make you look at life differently and help you live a meaningful life.

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Famous Karl Marx Quotes

Beauty is the main positive form of the aesthetic assimilation of reality, in which aesthetic ideal finds it direct expression. – Karl Marx

So in Jewry we recognize a contemporary universal anti-social phenomenon, which has reached its present pitch through a process of, historical development in which the Jews have zealously co-operated. And this evil anti-social aspect of Jewry has grown to a stage at which: it must necessarily collapse. – Karl Marx

In proportion as capital accumulates, the lot of the laborer, be his payment high or low, must grow worse. – Karl Marx

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

Men make their own history, but they do not make it just as they please; they do not make it under circumstances chosen by themselves, but under circumstances directly encountered, given and transmitted from the past. The tradition of all the dead generations weighs like a nightmare on the brain of the living. – Karl Marx

Although gold and silver are not by nature money, money is by nature gold and silver. – Karl Marx

The development of civilization and industry in general has always shown itself so active in the destruction of forests that everything that has been done for their conservation and production is completely insignificant in comparison. – Karl Marx

Art is always and everywhere the secret confession, and at the same time the immortal movement of its time. – Karl Marx

Religion is the sigh of the oppressed creature, the heart of a heartless world, and the soul of soulless conditions. It is the opium of the people. – Karl Marx

The education of all children, from the moment that they can get along without a mother’s care, shall be in state institutions. – Karl Marx

It is in this sense that Franklin says, war is robbery, commerce is generally cheating. – Karl Marx

There must be something rotten in the very core of a social system which increases its wealth without diminishing its misery – Karl Marx

Philosophy stands in the same relation to the study of the actual world as masturbation to sexual love. – Karl Marx

Communism deprives no man of the ability to appropriate the fruits of his labor. The only thing it deprives him of is the ability to enslave others by means of such appropriations. – Karl Marx

We have no compassion and we ask no compassion from you. When our turn comes, we shall not make excuses for the terror. – Karl Marx

In proportion therefore, as the repulsiveness of the work increases, the wage decreases. – Karl Marx

A people without a heritage are easily persuaded. – Karl Marx

In bourgeois society capital is independent and has individuality, while the living person is dependent and has no individuality. – Karl Marx

The task is not just to understand the world but to change it. – Karl Marx

Democracy is the road to socialism. – Karl Marx

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

What the working man sells is not directly his Labor, but his Laboring Power, the temporary disposal of which he makes over to the capitalist. This is so much the case that I do not know whether by the English Law, but certainly by some Continental Laws, the maximum time is fixed for which a man is allowed to sell his laboring power. If allowed to do so for any indefinite period whatever, slavery would be immediately restored. Such a sale, if it comprised his lifetime, for example, would make him at once the lifelong slave of his employer. – Karl Marx

Under no pretext should arms and ammunition be surrendered; any attempt to disarm the workers must be frustrated, by force if necessary. – Karl Marx

Keep people from their history, and they are easily controlled. – Karl Marx

The bourgeoisie cannot exist without constantly revolutionizing the instruments of production, and thereby the relations of production, and with them the whole relations of society. – Karl Marx

Misery motivates, not utopia. – Karl Marx

It appears then, that capitalist production comprises conditions independent of good or bad will, conditions which permit the working-class to enjoy that relative prosperity only momentarily, and at that always only as the harbinger of a coming crisis. – Karl Marx

It has drowned the most heavenly ecstasies of religious fervor, of chivalrous enthusiasm, of Philistine sentimentalism, in the icy water of egotistical calculation. It has resolved personal worth into exchange value, and in place of numberless indefeasible chartered freedoms, it has set up that single, unconscionable freedom — free trade. In one word, for exploitation, veiled by religious and political illusions, it has substituted naked, shameless, direct, brutal exploitation. – Karl Marx

Junk food, empty calories and carbs are the Big Data of the masses – Karl Marx

We will hang the capitalists with the rope that they sell us. – Karl Marx

Napoleon swept away everywhere the establishments of feudality. He was Caesar himself. – Karl Marx

Wages are determined by the bitter struggle between capitalist and worker. – Karl Marx

The whole proletariat must be armed at once with muskets, rifles, cannon and ammunition, and the revival of the old-style citizens militia, directed against the workers, must be opposed. – Karl Marx

Hitherto, every form of society has been based on the antagonism of oppressing and oppressed classes. – Karl Marx

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

When the sufferers learn to think, then the thinkers will learn to suffer. – Karl Marx

The only antidote to mental suffering is physical pain. – Karl Marx

The working class is revolutionary, or it is nothing. – Karl Marx

In proportion as the bourgeoisie, i.e., capital, is developed, in the same proportion is the proletariat, the modern working class, developed – a class of laborers, who live only so long as they find work, and who find work only so long as their labor increases capital. These laborers, who must sell themselves piecemeal, are a commodity, like every other article of commerce, and are consequently exposed to all the vicissitudes of competition, to all the fluctuations of the market. – Karl Marx

The fact that labor is external to the worker, i.e., it does not belong to his intrinsic nature; that in his work, therefore he does not affirm himself but denies himself, does not feel content but unhappy, does not develop freely his physical and mental energy but mortifies his body and his mind. The worker therefore only feels himself outside his work, and in his work feels outside himself. – Karl Marx

Owners of capital will stimulate working class to buy more and more of expensive goods, houses and technology, pushing them to take more and more expensive credits, until their debt becomes unbearable. The unpaid debt will lead to bankruptcy of banks which will have to be nationalized and State will have to take the road which will eventually lead to communism. – Karl Marx

Social reforms are never carried out by the weakness of the strong; but always by the strength of the weak. – Karl Marx

Since only what is material is perceptible, knowable, nothing is known of the existence of God. – Karl Marx

The working men have no country. We cannot take away from them what they have not got – Karl Marx

And as for the Jews, who since the emancipation of their sect have everywhere put themselves, at least in the person of their eminent representatives, at the head of the counter-revolution — what awaits them? – Karl Marx

Follow your own path, no matter what people say. – Karl Marx

There are no circumstances imaginable, not even victory, under which the proletariat should give up its possession of arms. – Karl Marx

Reason has always existed, but not always in a reasonable form. – Karl Marx

The existence of the state is inseparable from the existence of slavery. – Karl Marx

The will of the capitalist is certainly to take as much as possible. What we have to do is not to talk about his will, but to enquire about his power, the limits of that power, and the character of those limits. – Karl Marx

When the train of history hits a curve, the intellectuals fall off. – Karl Marx

The class struggle necessarily leads to the dictatorship of the proletariat. – Karl Marx

From each according to his abilities, to each according to his needs. – Karl Marx

An increase in the productivity of labor means nothing more than that the same capital creates the same value with less labor, or that less labor creates the same product with more capital. – Karl Marx

Language is as old as consciousness, language is practical, real consciousness that exists for other men as well, and only therefore does it also exist for me; language, like consciousness, only arises from the need, the necessity, of intercourse with other men. – Karl Marx

The ruling ideas of each age have ever been the ideas of its ruling class. – Karl Marx

My object in life is to dethrone God and destroy capitalism. – Karl Marx

One capitalist always kills many. – Karl Marx

I am nothing but I must be everything. – Karl Marx

All history is nothing but a continuous transformation of human nature. – Karl Marx

Religious distress is at the same time the expression of the real distress and also the protest against real distress. Religion is the sigh of the oppressed creature, the heart of a heartless world, just as it is the spirit of the spiritless condition. It is the opium of the people. – Karl Marx

Capitalist agricultural production prevents the return to the soil of its elements consumed by man in the form of food and clothing; it therefore violates the conditions necessary to lasting fertility of the soil. By this action it destroys at the same time the health of the town laborer and the intellectual life of the rural laborer. – Karl Marx

Take away a nation’s heritage and they are more easily persuaded. – Karl Marx

Music is the mirror of reality. – Karl Marx

A specter is haunting Europe – the specter of communism. – Karl Marx

A nation that enslaves another forges its own chains. – Karl Marx

Labor in the white skin can never free itself as long as labor in the black skin is branded. – Karl Marx

If one wants to be an ox one can easily turn one’s back on hum suffering and look after one’s own skin. – Karl Marx

The very cannibalism of the counterrevolution will convince the nations that there is only one way in which the murderous death agonies of the old society and the bloody birth throes of the new society can be shortened, simplified and concentrated, and that way is revolutionary terror. – Karl Marx

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. – Karl Marx

Philosophy studies the world, but the point is to change it. – Karl Marx

Man makes religion, religion does not make man – Karl Marx

You will have to go through 15, 20, 50 years of civil wars and national struggles not only to bring about a change in society but also to change yourselves and prepare yourselves for the exercise of political power. – Karl Marx

In communist society, where nobody has one exclusive sphere of activity but each can become accomplished in any branch he wishes, society regulates the general production and thus makes it possible for me to do one thing today and another tomorrow, to hunt in the morning, fish in the afternoon, rear cattle in the evening, criticize after dinner, just as I have a mind, without ever becoming hunter, fisherman, shepherd or critic. – Karl Marx

The last capitalist we hang shall be the one who sold us the rope. – Karl Marx

Ideas do not exist separately from language. – Karl Marx

Capital brings forth living offspring, or at the least, lays the golden eggs. – Karl Marx

Catch a man a fish, and you can sell it to him. Teach a man to fish, and you ruin a wonderful business opportunity. – Karl Marx

If we have chosen the position in life in which we can most of all work for mankind, no burdens can bow us down, because they are sacrifices for the benefit of all; then we shall experience no petty, limited, selfish joy, but our happiness will belong to millions, our deeds will live on quietly but perpetually at work, and over our ashes will be shed the hot tears of noble people. – Karl Marx

Money degrades all the gods of man and converts them into commodities. – Karl Marx

The monopoly of capital becomes a fetter upon the mode of production, which has sprung up and flourished along with, and under it. Centralisation of the means of production and socialisation of labour at last reach a point where they become incompatible with there capitalist integument. This integument is burst asunder. The knell of capitalist private property sounds. The expropriators are expropriated. – Karl Marx

Nothing is more tedious than the dreaming platitude. – Karl Marx

It is not the consciousness of men that determines their being, but, on the contrary, their social being that determines their consciousness. – Karl Marx

The capitalist knows that all commodities, however scurvy they may look, or however badly they may smell, are in faith and in truth money, inwardly circumcised Jews, and what is more, a wonderful means whereby out of money to make more money. – Karl Marx

We know that violent measures against religion are nonsense; but this is an opinion: as socialism grows, religion will disappear. Its disappearance must be done by social development, in which education must play a part. – Karl Marx

Each piece of money is a mere coin, or means of circulation, only so long as it actually circulates. – Karl Marx

In this sense, the theory of the Communists may be summed up in the single sentence: Abolition of private property. – Manifesto of the Communist Party – Karl Marx

The more of himself man attributes to God, the less he has left in himself. – Karl Marx

The more a ruling class is able to assimilate the most prominent men of a ruled class, the more solid and dangerous its rule. – Karl Marx

In the United States of North America, every independent movement of the workers was paralysed so long as slavery disfigured a part of the Republic. Labour cannot emancipate itself in the white skin where in the black it is branded. – Karl Marx

The French need a thrashing. If the Prussians win, the centralization of state power will be useful for the centralization of the German working class. German predominance would also transfer the center of gravity of the workers’ movement in Western Europe from France to Germany, and one has only to compare the movement in the two countries from 1866 until now to see that the German working class is superior to the French both theoretically and organizationally. – Karl Marx

They don’t know it, but they are doing it. – Karl Marx

The criticism of Religion is the beginning of all criticism – Karl Marx

It is all the more clear what we have to accomplish at present: I am referring to ruthless criticism of all that exists, ruthless both in the sense of not being afraid of the results it arrives at and in the sense of being just as little afraid of conflict with the powers that be. – Karl Marx

The democratic concept of man is false, because it is Christian. The democratic concept holds that . . . each man is a sovereign being. This is the illusion, dream, and postulate of Christianity. – Karl Marx

The entire so-called history of the world is nothing but the creation of man through human labor. – Karl Marx

In order to arouse sympathy, the aristocracy was obliged to lose sight, apparently, of its own interests, and to formulate its indictment against the bourgeoisie in the interest of the exploited working class alone. Thus, the aristocracy took their revenge by singing lampoons on their new masters and whispering in his ears sinister prophesies of coming catastrophe. – Karl Marx

The French Revolution gave rise to ideas which led beyond the ideas of the entire old world order. The revolutionary movement which began in 1789… gave rise to the communist idea which Babeuf’s friend Buonarroti re-introduced in France after the Revolution of 1830. This idea, consistently developed, is the idea of the new world order. – Karl Marx

Workers of the world unite; you have nothing to lose but your chains. – Karl Marx

The full man does not understand the wants of the hungry – Karl Marx

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. – Karl Marx

What the bourgeoisie therefore produces, above all, are its own grave-diggers. Its fall and the victory of the proletariat are equally inevitable. – Karl Marx

I am a machine, condemned to devour them and then, throw them, in a changed form, on the dunghill of history. – Karl Marx

All I know is that I am not a Marxist. – Karl Marx

By the aristocracy of finance must here be understood not merely the great loan promoters and speculators in public funds, in regard to whom it is immediately obvious that their interests coincide with the interests of the state power. All modern finance, the whole of the banking business, is interwoven in the closest fashion with public credit. – Karl Marx

History does nothing; it does not possess immense riches, it does not fight battles. It is men, real, living, who do all this. – Karl Marx

Force is the midwife of every old society pregnant with a new one. – Karl Marx

Be careful to trust a person who does not like wine. – Karl Marx

Anyone who knows anything of history knows that great social changes are impossible without feminine upheaval. Social progress can be measured exactly by the social position of the fair sex, the ugly ones included. – Karl Marx

Communism begins where atheism begins. – Karl Marx

Nothing is easier than to give Christian asceticism a Socialist tinge. – Karl Marx

Each pursues his private interest and only his private interest; and thereby serves the private interests of all, the general interest, without willing it or knowing it. The real point is not that each individual’s pursuit of his private interest promotes the totality of private interests, the general interest. One could just as well deduce from this abstract phrase that each individual reciprocally blocks the assertion of the others’ interests, so that, instead of a general affirmation, this war of all against all produces a general negation. – Karl Marx

Scientific truth is always paradox, if judged by everyday experience, which catches only the delusive appearance of things. – Karl Marx

This young lady, who instantly overwhelmed me with her kindness, is the ugliest creature I have seen in my entire life, with repulsive Jewish facial features. – Karl Marx

Accumulation of wealth at one pole is at the same time accumulation of misery, agony of toil, slavery, ignorance, brutality, mental degradation, at the opposite pole. – Karl Marx

No production without a need. But consumption reproduces the need. – Karl Marx

Even an entire society, a nation, or all simultaneously existing societies taken together, are not owners of the earth. They are simply its possessors, its beneficiaries, and have to bequeath it in an improved state to succeeding generations. – Karl Marx

In the various stages of development which the struggle of working class against the bourgeoisie has to pass through, they always and everywhere represent the interests of the movement as a whole. – Karl Marx

If you can cut the people off from their history, then they can be easily persuaded. – Karl Marx

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

Nothing can have value without being an object of utility. – Karl Marx

Work is external to the worker. It is not part of his nature; consequently he does not fulfill himself in his work but denies himself. The worker therefore feels himself at home only during his leisure time, whereas at work he feels homeless. – Karl Marx

There are, besides, eternal truths, such as Freedom, , etc., that are common to all states of society. But Communism abolishes eternal truths, it abolishes all religion, and all morality, instead of constituting them on a new basis; it therefore acts in contradiction to all past historical experience. – Karl Marx

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