60+ 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

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

The first requisite for the happiness of the people is the abolition of religion.

Favourite motto … De omnibus dubitandum [Everything must be doubted].

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.

A nation cannot become free and at the same time continue to oppress other nations. The liberation of Germany cannot therefore take place without the liberation of Poland from German oppression.

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

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.

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

To be radical is to grasp things by the root.

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

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

The theory of Communists may be summed up in the single sentence: Abolition of private property.

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

Social progress can be measured by the social position of the female sex.

Inspirational Karl Marx Quotes

Communism is the riddle of history solved, and it knows itself to be this solution.

Accumulate, accumulate! This is Moses and the Prophets!

History calls those men the greatest who have ennobled themselves by working for the common good; experience acclaims as happiest the man who has made the greatest number of people happy.

History does nothing, it ‘possesses no immense wealth’, it ‘wages no battles’. It is man, real, living man who does all that, who possesses and fights; ‘history’ is not, as it were, a person apart, using man as a means to achieve its own aims; history is nothing but the activity of man pursuing his aims.

Religion is the opium of the masses.

History is the judge — its executioner, the proletarian.

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

The bureaucracy is a circle from which no one can escape. Its hierarchy is a hierarchy of knowledge.

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

The hand-mill gives you society with the feudal lord; the steam-mill society with the industrial capitalist.

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

The less you eat, drink, buy books, go to the theatre or to balls, or to the pub, and the less you think, love, theorize, sing, paint, fence, etc., the more you will be able to save and the greater will become your treasure which neither moth nor rust will corrupt—your capital. The less you are, the less you express your life, the more you have, the greater is your alienated life and the greater is the saving of your alienated being.

Nothing can have value without being an object of utility.

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

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

The existence of the state is inseparable from the existence of slavery.

Democracy is the road to socialism.

Landlords like all other men, love to reap where they never sowed.

The question whether objective truth can be attributed to human thinking is not a question of theory but is a practical question.

Top Karl Marx Quotes

The meaning of peace is the absence of opposition to socialism.

Revolutions are the locomotives of history.

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

Political Economy regards the proletarian … like a horse, he must receive enough to enable him to work. It does not consider him, during the time when he is not working, as a human being. It leaves this to criminal law, doctors, religion, statistical tables, politics, and the beadle.

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

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

I am nothing but I must be everything.

Only your small-minded German philistine who measures world history by the ell and by what he happens to think are ‘interesting news items’, could regard 20 years as more than a day where major developments of this kind are concerned, though these may be again succeeded by days into which 20 years are compressed.

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

The history of all previous societies has been the history of class struggles.

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

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

Moments are the elements of profit

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

The demand to give up the illusions about its condition is the demand to give up a condition that needs illusions

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

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

I am a machine condemned to devour books.

History repeats itself, first as tragedy, second as farce.

Man makes his own history, but he does not make it out of the whole cloth; he does not make it out of conditions chosen by himself, but out of such as he finds close at hand.

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

Political power, properly so called, is merely the organised power of one class for oppressing another.

The history of all previous societies has been the history of class struggles.

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

The increase in value of the world of things is directly proportional to the decrease in value of the human world.

The rich will do anything for the poor but get off their backs.

A people without a heritage are easily persuaded.