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

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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 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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    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.

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    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.

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

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    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.

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    The ideas of the ruling class are in every epoch the ruling ideas, i.e., the class which is the ruling material force of society, is at the same time its ruling intellectual force.

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    Nothing can have value without being an object of utility.

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    Money is the alienated ability of mankind... He who can buy bravery is brave, though he be a coward.

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    All I know is I'm not a Marxist.

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

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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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    People without heritage are easily persuaded.

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    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.

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

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

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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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    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.

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    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.