History does nothing; it does not possess immense riches, it does not fight battles. It is men, real, living, who do all this.
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.
Art is always and everywhere the secret confession, and at the same time the immortal movement of its time.
The more the division of labor and the application of machinery extend, the more does competition extend among the workers, the more do their wages shrink together.
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.
If anything is certain, it is that I myself am not a Marxist.
Anyone who knows anything of history knows that great social changes are impossible without feminine upheaval. Social progress can be measured exactly by the social position of the fair sex, the ugly ones included.
The rich will do anything for the poor but get off their backs.
The only antidote to mental suffering is physical pain.
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.
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.
Reason has always existed, but not always in a reasonable form.
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.
The ruling ideas of each age have ever been the ideas of its ruling class.
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.
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.
The meaning of peace is the absence of opposition to socialism.
The first requisite for the happiness of the people is the abolition of religion.
The theory of Communism may be summed up in one sentence: Abolish all private property.
The writer must earn money in order to be able to live and to write, but he must by no means live and write for the purpose of making money.
From each according to his abilities, to each according to his needs.