Religion is the sigh of the oppressed
creature, the heart of a heartless world,
just as it is the spirit of a spiritless
situation. It is the opium of the people.
The abolition of religion as the illusory
happiness of the people is required for
their real happiness. The demand to give
up the illusion about its condition is
the demand to give up a condition which
Marx - Religion
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.
Marx - History
Just as the savage must wrestle with nature
to satisfy his wants, to maintain and
reproduce life, so must civilised man,
and he must do so in all social formations
and under all possible modes of production.
Marx - People
Between capitalist and communist society
there lies the period of the revolutionary
transformation of the one into the other.
Corresponding to this is also a political
transition period in which the state can
be nothing but the revolutionary dictatorship
of the proletariat.
Marx - Social
We develop new principles for the world
out of the worlds own principles.
We do not say to the world: Cease your
struggles, they are foolish; we will give
you the true slogan of struggle. We merely
show the world what it is really fighting
for, and consciousness is something that
it has to acquire, even if it does not
Marx - World
Communism is the riddle of history solved,
and it knows itself to be this solution.
Marx - History
Landlords, like all other men, love to
reap where they never sowed.
Marx - Real
Estate - Laziness
Let the ruling classes tremble at a communist
revolution. The proletarians have nothing
to lose but their chains. They have a
world to win. Working men of all countries,
Marx - Oppression
Class - Lose
Under private property, each tries to
establish over the other an alien power,
so as thereby to find satisfaction of
his own selfish need. The increase in
the quantity of objects is therefore accompanied
by an extension of the realm of the alien
powers to which man is subjected, and
every new product represents a new potentiality
of mutual swindling and mutual plundering.
Marx - Property
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.
Marx - Religion
Class - Economy
The state is based on this contradiction.
It is based on the contradiction between
public and private life, between universal
and particular interests. For this reason,
the state must confine itself to formal,
Marx - Contradiction
Greek philosophy seems to have met with
something with which a good tragedy is
not supposed to meet, namely, a dull ending.
Marx - Greek
The philosophers have only interpreted
the world, in various ways. The point,
however, is to change it.
Marx - Change