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Karl Marx & Friedrich Engels

Friedrich Engels

Friedrich Engels
28 November 1820 - 5 August 1895

Karl Marx

Karl Marx
5 May 1818 - 14 March 1883


by Karl Marx & Friedrich Engels

Quotations are not only inspirational, and a source of wisdom, but can also be seen as a nice way to get a feeling about a certain thinker or visionary. How much does what they have to say touch you? How much does it correspond to what you seek? How does in inspire you? Here are the quotations by Karl Marx & Friedrich Engels.

Quotes by Karl Marx & Friedrich Engels

"The philosophers have only interpreted the world, in various ways. The point, however, is to change it."
Karl Marx, from "Theses on Feuerbach" (1845), also engraved on Karl Marx's tomb

"Religious suffering is, at one and the same time, the expression of real suffering and a protest against real suffering. 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."
Karl Marx, from "Contribution to the Critique of Hegel's Philosophy of Right"

"History is not like some individual person, which uses men to achieve its ends. History is nothing but the actions of men in pursuit of their ends."
Karl Marx, from "Die Heilige Familie" (1845)

"Luxury is the opposite of the naturally necessary."
Karl Marx, from "A Contribution to the Critique of Political Economy" (1857/58)

"A man cannot become a child again, or he becomes childish."
Karl Marx, from "A Contribution to the Critique of Political Economy" (1857/58)

"Men make their own history, but they do not make it as they please; they do not make it under self-selected circumstances, but under circumstances existing already, given and transmitted from the past. The tradition of all dead generations weighs like a nightmare on the brains of the living."
Karl Marx, from "The Eighteenth Brumaire of Louis Napoleon" (1852)

"The theory of Communism may be summed up in the single sentence: Abolition of private property."
Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels, from "The Manifesto of the Communist Party" (1848)

"We are now approaching a social revolution, in which the old economic foundations of monogamy will disappear just as surely as those of its complement, prostitution. Monogamy arose through the concentration of considerable wealth in one hand - a man's hand - and from the endeavor to bequeath this wealth to the children of this man to the exclusion of all others. This necessitated monogamy on the woman's, but not on the man's part. Hence this monogamy of women in no way hindered open or secret polygamy of men. Now, the impending social revolution will reduce this whole care of inheritance to a minimum by changing at least the overwhelming part of permanent and inheritable wealth-the means of production-into social property. Since monogamy was caused by economic conditions, will it disappear when these causes are abolished?
One might reply, not without reason: not only will it not disappear, but it will rather be perfectly realized. For with the transformation of the means of production into collective property, wagelabor will also disappear, and with it the proletariat and the necessity for a certain, statistically ascertainable number of women to surrender for money. Prostitution disappears and monogamy, instead of going out of existence, at last becomes a reality-for men also.
At all events, the situation will be very much changed for men. But also that of women, and of all women, will be considerably altered. With the transformation of the means of production into collective property the monogamous family ceases to be the economic unit of society. The private household changes to a social industry. The care and educatlon of children become? a public matter. Society cares equally well for all children, legal or illegal. This removes the care about the "consequences" which now forms the essential social factor-moral and economic-hindering a girl to surrender unconditionally to the beloved man. Will not this be sufficient cause for a gradual rise of a more unconventional intercourse of the sexes and a more lenient public opinion regarding virgin honor and female shame? And finally, did we not see that in the modern world monogamy and prostitution, though antitheses, are inseparable and poles of the same social condition? Can prostitution disappear without engulfing at the same time monogamy?"

Friedrich Engels, from "The Origin of the Family" (1804)

"Just as Marx used to say about the French Marxists of the late 'seventies: All I know is that I am not a Marxist."
Friedrich Engels, from a letter to Conrad Schmidt (1890)

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