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    Men make their own history

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

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

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

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

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    Religion is the opium of the masses.

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

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

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    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.

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

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    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.

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    Medicine heals doubts as well as diseases.

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

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    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.

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    The only antidote to mental suffering is physical pain.

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    All I know is I'm not a Marxist.

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

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

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    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.

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

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

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    A specter is haunting Europe -- the specter of communism.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.