Best Karl Marx Quotes Quotations
Vote List
699 votes 43,688 views more info

Best Karl Marx Quotes

List Criteria: Must be a famous or well-known quote. If a quote is cut off you can hover over the text to see the full quote.

A list of the best Karl Marx quotes. This list is arranged by which famous Karl Marx quotes have received the most votes, so only the greatest Karl Marx quotes are at the top of the list. All the most popular quotes from Karl Marx should be listed here, but if any were missed you can add more at the end of the list. This list includes notable Karl Marx quotes on various subjects, many of which are inspirational and thought provoking.

This list answers the questions, "What are the best Karl Marx quotes?" and "What is the most famous Karl Marx quote?"

You can see what subjects these historic Karl Marx quotes fall under displayed to the right of the quote. Be sure to vote so your favorite Karl Marx saying won't fall to the bottom of the list.
The List
Comment
Embed
Options
  1. 1
    Up 41
    Down 10

    Let the ruling classes tremble at a Communist revolution. The proletarians have nothing to lose, but their chains. .Workers of the world unite! Revolutions and Revolutionaries

    open
  2. 2
    Up 40
    Down 10

    Men make their own history

    open
  3. 3
    Up 19
    Down 2

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

    open
  4. 4
    Up 8
    Down 0

    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. Sales

    open
  5. 5
    Up 27
    Down 6

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

    open
  6. 6
    Up 16
    Down 2

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

    open
  7. 7
    Up 18
    Down 3

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

    open
  8. 8
    Up 22
    Down 7

    All I know is I'm not a Marxist. Communism and Socialism

    open
  9. 9
    Up 21
    Down 7

    Religion is the opium of the masses. Religion

    open
  10. 10
    Up 19
    Down 6

    In every revolution there intrude, at the side of its true agents, men of a different stamp; some of them survivors of and devotees to past revolutions, without insight into the present movement, but preserving popular influence by their known honesty and courage, or by the sheer force of tradition; others mere brawlers, who, by dint of repeating year after year the same set of stereotyped declamations against the government of the day, have sneaked into the reputation of revolutionists of the first water They are an unavoidable evil: with time they are shaken off. Revolutions and Revolutionaries

    open
  11. 11
    Up 11
    Down 1

    Nothing has changed in Russias policy. Her methods, her tactics, her maneuvers may change, but the pole starworld dominationis immutable. Uncategorised

    open
  12. 12
    Up 11
    Down 1

    Medicine heals doubts as well as diseases. Medicine

    open
  13. 13
    Up 11
    Down 1

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

    open
  14. 14
    Up 14
    Down 2

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

    open
  15. 15
    Up 16
    Down 5

    Opium of the people Social control, Religion

    open
  16. 16
    Up 16
    Down 6

    Landlords, like all other men, love to reap where they never sowed. Landlords, Economic rent, Rent-seeking

    open
  17. 17
    Up 12
    Down 3

    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. Work

    open
  18. 18
    Up 13
    Down 4

    The worker of the world has nothing to lose, but their chains, workers of the world unite. Unity

    open
  19. 19
    Up 13
    Down 4

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

    open
  20. 20
    Up 9
    Down 1

    Mankind always sets itself only such tasks as it can solve; since, looking at the matter more closely, we will always find that the task itself arises only when the material conditions necessary for its solution already exist or are at least in the process of formation. Projects

    open
  21. 21
    Up 9
    Down 1

    Philosophy stands in the same relation to the study of the actual world as masturbation to sexual love. Philosophers and Philosophy

    open
  22. 22
    Up 9
    Down 1

    It is absolutely impossible to transcend the laws of nature. What can change in historically different circumstances is only the form in which these laws expose themselves. Nature

    open
  23. 23
    Up 10
    Down 2

    The only antidote to mental suffering is physical pain. Pain

    open
  24. 24
    Up 10
    Down 2

    As in private life one differentiates between what a man thinks and says of himself and what he really is and does, so in historical struggles one must still more distinguish the language and the imaginary aspirations of parties from their real organism and their real interests, their conception of themselves from their reality. Politicians and Politics

    open
  25. 25
    Up 8
    Down 1

    From the outset, the Christian was the theorizing Jew, the Jew is therefore the practical Christian, and the practical Christian has become a Jew again. Judaism and Jews

    open
  26. 26
    Up 8
    Down 1

    Natural science will in time incorporate into itself the science of man, just as the science of man will incorporate into itself natural science: there will be one science. Science and Scientists

    open
  27. 27
    Up 8
    Down 1

    All social rules and all relations between individuals are eroded by a cash economy, avarice drags Pluto himself out of the bowels of the earth. Money

    open
  28. 28
    Up 8
    Down 1

    Colonial system, public debts, heavy taxes, protection, commercial wars, etc., these offshoots of the period of manufacture swell to gigantic proportions during the period of infancy of large-scale industry. The birth of the latter is celebrated by a vast, Hero-like slaughter of the innocents. Industry

    open
  29. 29
    Up 8
    Down 1

    The Tories in England had long imagined that they were enthusiastic about the monarchy, the church and beauties of the old English Constitution, until the day of danger wrung from them the confession that they are enthusiastic only about rent. Politicians and Politics

    open
  30. 30
    Up 8
    Down 1

    Experience praises the most happy the one who made the most people happy. Experience

    open
  31. 31
    Up 9
    Down 2

    The history of all hitherto existing society is the history of class struggles. History and Historians

    open
  32. 32
    Up 7
    Down 1

    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. Ecology

    open
  33. 33
    Up 7
    Down 1

    We should not say that one man's hour is worth another man's hour, but rather that one man during an hour is worth just as much as another man during an hour. Time is everything, man is nothing: he is at the most time's carcass. Time and Time Management

    open
  34. 34
    Up 7
    Down 1

    The policy of Russia is changeless. Its methods, its tactics, its maneuvers may change, but the polar star of its policy, world domination, is a fixed star. -- About Russia Nation

    open
  35. 35
    Up 7
    Down 1

    In the domain of Political Economy, free scientific inquiry meets not merely the same enemies as in all other domains. The peculiar nature of the material it deals with, summons as foes into the field of battle the most violent, mean and malignant passions of the human breast, the Furies of private interest. Politicians and Politics

    open
  36. 36
    Up 7
    Down 2

    A specter is haunting Europe -- the specter of communism. Communism and Socialism

    open
  37. 37
    Up 6
    Down 1

    Hegel remarks somewhere that all great world-historic facts and personages appear, so to speak, twice. He forgot to add: the first time as tragedy, the second time as farce. Uncategorised

    open
  38. 38
    Up 7
    Down 2

    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. Communism and Socialism

    open
  39. 39
    Up 6
    Down 1

    Civil servants and priests, soldiers and ballet-dancers, schoolmasters and police constables, Greek museums and Gothic steeples, civil list and services list -- the common seed within which all these fabulous beings slumber in embryo is taxation. Taxes and Taxation

    open
  40. 40
    Up 6
    Down 1

    The product of mental labor -- science -- always stands far below its value, because the labor-time necessary to reproduce it has no relation at all to the labor-time required for its original production. Science and Scientists

    open
  41. 41
    Up 6
    Down 1

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

    open
  42. 42
    Up 5
    Down 0

    On a level plain, simple mounds look like hills; and the insipid flatness of our present bourgeoisie is to be measured by the altitude of its great intellects. Intelligence and Intellectuals

    open
  43. 43
    Up 6
    Down 1

    I am greatly pleased with the public, authentic isolation in which we two, you and I, now find ourselves. It is wholly in accord with our attitude and our principles. Isolation

    open
  44. 44
    Up 6
    Down 1

    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. Politicians and Politics

    open
  45. 45
    Up 5
    Down 1

    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. Capitalism

    open
  46. 46
    Up 5
    Down 2

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

    open
  47. 47
    Up 5
    Down 2

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

    open
  48. 48
    Up 3
    Down 0

    Nothing can have value without being an object of utility. Value

    open
  49. 49
    Up 5
    Down 3

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

    open
  50. 50
    Up 4
    Down 2

    Constant revolutionizing of production distinguish the bourgeois epoch from all earlier ones. All fixed, fast-frozen relations, with their train of ancient and venerable prejudices are swept away, all new-formed ones become antiquated before they can ossify. All that is solid melts into air, all that is holy is profaned, and man is at last compelled to face with sober senses, his real conditions of life, and his relations with his kind. Production

    open
54 +

Something missing? Add it!

got a blog or website?

embed this list

viewers of this list also saw...

plus...

more popular lists