Marx Quotes

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Outside of a dog, a book is man's best friend. Inside of a dog it's too dark to read.
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Groucho Marx (The Essential Groucho: Writings For By And About Groucho Marx)
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I find television very educating. Every time somebody turns on the set, I go into the other room and read a book.
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Groucho Marx
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When you're in jail, a good friend will be trying to bail you out. A best friend will be in the cell next to you saying, 'Damn, that was fun'.
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Groucho Marx
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Time flies like an arrow; fruit flies like a banana.
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Anthony G. Oettinger
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From the moment I picked up your book until I put it down, I was convulsed with laughter. Some day I intend reading it.
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Groucho Marx
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Learn from the mistakes of others. You can never live long enough to make them all yourself.
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Groucho Marx
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Humor is reason gone mad.
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Groucho Marx
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I never forget a face, but in your case I'll be glad to make an exception.
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Groucho Marx
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The secret of life is honesty and fair dealing. If you can fake that, you've got it made.
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Groucho Marx
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Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it whether it exists or not, diagnosing it incorrectly, and applying the wrong remedy.
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Ernest Benn
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I sent the club a wire stating, PLEASE ACCEPT MY RESIGNATION. I DON'T WANT TO BELONG TO ANY CLUB THAT WILL ACCEPT ME AS A MEMBER.
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Groucho Marx (Groucho and Me)
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I've had a perfectly wonderful evening, but this wasn't it.
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Groucho Marx
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The philosophers have only interpreted the world, in various ways. The point, however, is to change it. [These words are also inscribed upon his grave]
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Karl Marx (Eleven Theses on Feuerbach)
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The oppressed are allowed once every few years to decide which particular representatives of the oppressing class are to represent and repress them.
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Karl Marx
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Those are my principles, and if you don't like them...well I have others.
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Groucho Marx
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One morning I shot an elephant in my pajamas. How he got in my pajamas I'll never know.
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Groucho Marx
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I'm not crazy about reality, but it's still the only place to get a decent meal.
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Groucho Marx
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He may look like an idiot and talk like an idiot but don't let that fool you. He really is an idiot.
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Groucho Marx
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If you're not having fun, you're doing something wrong.
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Groucho Marx
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If a black cat crosses your path, it signifies that the animal is going somewhere.
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Groucho Marx
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I, not events, have the power to make me happy or unhappy today. I can choose which it shall be. Yesterday is dead, tomorrow hasn't arrived yet. I have just one day, today, and I'm going to be happy in it.
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Groucho Marx (The Essential Groucho: Writings For By And About Groucho Marx)
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Blessed are the cracked, for they shall let in the light.
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Groucho Marx
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While money can't buy happiness, it certainly lets you choose your own form of misery.
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Groucho Marx
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Some people claim that marriage interferes with romance. There's no doubt about it. Anytime you have a romance, your wife is bound to interfere.
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Groucho Marx
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What is a game?" Marx said. "It's tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow. It's the possibility of infinite rebirth, infinite redemption. The idea that if you keep playing, you could win. No loss is permanent, because nothing is permanent, ever.
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Gabrielle Zevin (Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow)
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Yesterday is dead, tomorrow hasn't arrived yet. I have just one day, and I'm going to be happy in it.
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Groucho Marx
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How do you tell a Communist? Well, it’s someone who reads Marx and Lenin. And how do you tell an anti-Communist? It’s someone who understands Marx and Lenin.
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Ronald Reagan
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I have nothing but respect for you -- and not much of that.
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Groucho Marx
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Anyone who says he can see through women is missing a lot.
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Groucho Marx
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Well, art is art, isn't it? Still, on the other hand, water is water! And east is east and west is west and if you take cranberries and stew them like applesauce they taste much more like prunes than rhubarb does. Now, uh... now you tell me what you know.
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Groucho Marx
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I intend to live forever, or die trying.
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Groucho Marx
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A child of five could understand this. Send someone to fetch a child of five.
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Groucho Marx
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Karl Marx: "Religion is the opiate of the masses." Carrie Fisher: "I did masses of opiates religiously.
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Carrie Fisher (Postcards from the Edge)
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Just give me a comfortable couch, a dog, a good book, and a woman. Then if you can get the dog to go somewhere and read the book, I might have a little fun.
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Groucho Marx
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The last capitalist we hang shall be the one who sold us the rope.
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Karl Marx
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Only one man in a thousand is a leader of men -- the other 999 follow women.
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Groucho Marx
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Whatever it is, I'm against it.
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Groucho Marx
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Surround yourself with people who make you happy. People who make you laugh, who help you when you’re in need. People who genuinely care. They are the ones worth keeping in your life. Everyone else is just passing through.
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Karl Marx
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Life is a whim of several billion cells to be you for a while
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Groucho Marx
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Hegel remarks somewhere that all great, world-historical facts and personages occur, as it were, twice. He has forgotten to add: the first time as tragedy, the second as farce.
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Karl Marx (The Eighteenth Brumaire of Louis Bonaparte)
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I was married by a judge. I should have asked for a jury.
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Groucho Marx
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She got her looks from her father. He's a plastic surgeon.
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Groucho Marx
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Why, look at me. I've worked my way up from nothing to a state of extreme poverty.
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Groucho Marx
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Next time I see you, remind me not to talk to you.
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Groucho Marx
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I am free of all prejudices. I hate every one equally.
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Groucho Marx
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Time wounds all heels.
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Groucho Marx
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Let the ruling classes tremble at a Communistic revolution. The proletarians have nothing to lose but their chains. They have a world to win. Workingmen of all countries unite!
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Karl Marx (The Communist Manifesto)
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Age is not a particularly interesting subject. Anyone can get old. All you have to do is live long enough.
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Groucho Marx
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Military intelligence is a contradiction in terms.
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Groucho Marx
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I don’t have a photograph, but you can have my footprints. They’re upstairs in my socks.
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Groucho Marx
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Either this man is dead or my watch has stopped.
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Groucho Marx
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The only real laughter comes from despair.
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Groucho Marx (The Groucho Letters)
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Marriage is a wonderful institution...but who wants to live in an institution?
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Groucho Marx
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Quote me as saying I was mis-quoted.
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Groucho Marx
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Reason has always existed, but not always in a reasonable form.
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Karl Marx
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I am nothing but I must be everything.
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Karl Marx (Critique of Hegel's Philosophy of Right)
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If you've heard this story before, don't stop me, because I'd like to hear it again.
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Groucho Marx
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Room service? Send up a larger room." [A Night at the Opera]
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Groucho Marx
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To be radical is to grasp things by the root.
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Karl Marx (Critique of Hegel's Philosophy of Right)
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I’ll put off reading Lolita for six more years until she turns 18.
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Groucho Marx
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I must admit, I was born at an early age.
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Groucho Marx
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But I suppose the most revolutionary act one can engage in is... to tell the truth.
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Howard Zinn (Marx in Soho: A Play on History)
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Do you mind if I don't smoke?
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Groucho Marx
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Go on, get out! Last words are for fools who haven't said enough!
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Karl Marx
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Before I speak, I have something important to say.
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Groucho Marx
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It is not the consciousness of men that determines their being, but, on the contrary, their social being that determines their consciousness.
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Karl Marx (A Contribution to the Critique of Political Economy)
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Groucho: You know I think you're the most beautiful woman in the world? Woman: Really? Groucho: No, but I don't mind lying if it gets me somewhere.
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Groucho Marx
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Here's to our wives and girlfriends...may they never meet!
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Groucho Marx
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The less you eat, drink and read books; the less you go to the theatre, the dance hall, the public house; the less you think, love, theorize, sing, paint, fence, etc., the more you save-the greater becomes your treasure which neither moths nor dust will devour-your capital. The less you are, the more you have; the less you express your own life, the greater is your alienated life-the greater is the store of your estranged being.
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Karl Marx
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I've been looking for a girl like you - not you, but a girl like you.
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Groucho Marx
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I think women are sexy when they got some clothes on. And if later they take them off then you've triumphed. Somebody once said it's what you dont see you're interested in, and this is true.
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Groucho Marx
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A man is only as old as the woman he feels.
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Groucho Marx
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After all, if you do not resist the apparently inevitable, you will never know how inevitable the inevitable was.
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Terry Eagleton (Why Marx Was Right)
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A hospital bed is a parked taxi with the meter running.
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Groucho Marx
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Don't look now, but there's one man too many in this room, and I think it's you.
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Groucho Marx
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The history of all hitherto existing society is the history of class struggles. Freeman and slave, patrician and plebeian, lord and serf, guildmaster and journeyman, in a word, oppressor and oppressed, stood in constant opposition to one another, carried on an uninterrupted, now hidden, now open fight, that each time ended, either in the revolutionary reconstitution of society at large, or in the common ruin of the contending classes.
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Karl Marx (The Communist Manifesto)
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Policeman: "A hermit eh? Then why's your table set for four?" Groucho: "That's nothing. My alarm clock is set for eight.
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Groucho Marx
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There's one way to find out if a man is honest - ask him. If he says "yes" you know he is a crook.
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Groucho Marx
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The stupidity of people comes from having an answer for everything. The wisdom of the novel comes from having a question for everything. When Don Quixote went out into the world, that world turned into a mystery before his eyes. That is the legacy of the first European novel to the entire subsequent history of the novel. The novelist teaches the reader to comprehend the world as a question. There is wisdom and tolerance in that attitude. In a world built on sacrosanct certainties the novel is dead. The totalitarian world, whether founded on Marx, Islam, or anything else, is a world of answers rather than questions. There, the novel has no place.
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Milan Kundera (The Book of Laughter and Forgetting)
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We'll meet at the theater tonight. I'll hold your seat 'til you get there. Once you get there; you're on your own.
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Groucho Marx
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An ounce of action is worth a ton of theory.
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Friedrich Engels
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Hollywood brides keep the bouquets and throw away the grooms.
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Groucho Marx
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Why?" she screamed. "Are you crazy? You know the English subjunctive, you understand trigonometry, you can read Marx, and you don't know the answer to something as simple as that? Why do you even have to ask? Why do you have to make a girl SAY something like this? I like you more than I like him, that's all. I wish I had fallen in love with somebody a little more handsome, of course. But I didn't. I fell in love with you!
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Haruki Murakami (Norwegian Wood)
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Karl Marx got a bum rap. All he was trying to do was figure out how to take care of a whole lot of people. Of course, socialism is just β€œevil” now. It’s completely discredited, supposedly, by the collapse of the Soviet Union. I can’t help noticing that my grandchildren are heavily in hock to communist China now, which is evidently a whole lot better at business than we are. You talk about the collapse of communism or the Soviet Union. My goodness, this country collapsed in 1929. I mean it crashed, big time, and capitalism looked like a very poor idea.
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Kurt Vonnegut Jr.
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Under no pretext should arms and ammunition be surrendered; any attempt to disarm the workers must be frustrated, by force if necessary
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Karl Marx
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No one is completely unhappy at the failure of his best friend.
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Groucho Marx
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Religion is the impotence of the human mind to deal with occurrences it cannot understand.
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Karl Marx
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Genuine equality means not treating everyone the same, but attending equally to everyone’s different needs.
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Terry Eagleton (Why Marx Was Right)
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The trouble with writing a book about yourself is that you can’t fool around. If you write about someone else, you can stretch the truth from here to Finland. If you write about yourself the slightest deviation makes you realize instantly that there may be honor among thieves, but you are just a dirty liar.
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Groucho Marx
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I read in the newspapers they are going to have 30 minutes of intellectual stuff on television every Monday from 7:30 to 8. to educate America. They couldn't educate America if they started at 6:30.
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Groucho Marx (The Groucho Letters)
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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. And just as they seem to be occupied with revolutionizing themselves and things, creating something that did not exist before, precisely in such epochs of revolutionary crisis they anxiously conjure up the spirits of the past to their service, borrowing from them names, battle slogans, and costumes in order to present this new scene in world history in time-honored disguise and borrowed language.
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Karl Marx (The Eighteenth Brumaire of Louis Bonaparte)
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The less you eat, drink, buy books, go to the theatre or to balls, or to the pub, and the less you think, love, theorize, sing, paint, fence, etc., the more you will be able to save and the greater will become your treasure which neither moth nor rust will corruptβ€”your capital. The less you are, the less you express your life, the more you have, the greater is your alienated life and the greater is the saving of your alienated being.
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Karl Marx (Economic & Philosophic Manuscripts of 1844)
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Sadie, do you see this? This is a persimmon tree! This is my favorite fruit." Marx picked a fat orange persimmon from the tree, and he sat down on the now termite-free wooden deck, and he ate it, juice running down his chin. "Can you believe our luck?" Max said. "We bought a house with a tree that has my actual favorite fruit!" Sam used to say that Marx was the most fortunate person he had ever met - he was lucky with lovers, in business, in looks, in life. But the longer Sadie knew Marx, the more she thought Sam hadn't truly understood the nature of Marx's good fortune. Marx was fortunate because he saw everything as if it were a fortuitous bounty. It was impossible to know - were persimmons his favorite fruit, or had hey just now become his favorite fruit because there they were, growing in his own backyard? He had certainly never mentioned persimmons before.
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Gabrielle Zevin (Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow)
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A specter is haunting Europeβ€”the specter of Communism. All the powers of old Europe have entered into a holy alliance to exorcise this specter; Pope and Czar, Metternich and Guizot, French radicals and German police spies. Where is the party in opposition that has not been decried as Communistic by its opponents in power? Where the opposition that has not hurled back the branding reproach of Communism, against the more advanced opposition parties, as well as against its reactionary adversaries? Two things result from this fact. I. Communism is already acknowledged by all European powers to be in itself a power. II. It is high time that Communists should openly, in the face of the whole world, publish their views, their aims, their tendencies, and meet this nursery tale of the Specter of Communism with a Manifesto of the party itself.
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Karl Marx (The Communist Manifesto)
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In a higher phase of communist society, after the enslaving subordination of the individual to the division of labor, and therewith also the antithesis between mental and physical labor, has vanished; after labor has become not only a means of life but life's prime want; after the productive forces have also increased with the all-around development of the individual, and all the springs of co-operative wealth flow more abundantlyβ€”only then can the narrow horizon of bourgeois right be crossed in its entirety and society inscribe on its banners: From each according to his ability, to each according to his needs!
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Karl Marx (Critique of the Gotha Program)
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...[G]reat progress was evident in the last Congress of the American 'Labour Union' in that among other things, it treated working women with complete equality. While in this respect the English, and still more the gallant French, are burdened with a spirit of narrow-mindedness. Anybody who knows anything of history knows that great social changes are impossible without the feminine ferment. Social progress can be measured exactly by the social position of the fair sex (the ugly ones included).
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Karl Marx (Selected Letters: The Personal Correspondence 1844-1877)
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The foundation of irreligious criticism is: Man makes religion, religion does not make man. Religion is, indeed, the self-consciousness and self-esteem of man who has either not yet won through to himself, or has already lost himself again. But man is no abstract being squatting outside the world. Man is the world of man – state, society. This state and this society produce religion, which is an inverted consciousness of the world, because they are an inverted world... 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. The abolition of religion as the illusory happiness of the people is the demand for their real happiness. To call on them to give up their illusions about their condition is to call on them to give up a condition that requires illusions. The criticism of religion is, therefore, in embryo, the criticism of that vale of tears of which religion is the halo. Criticism has plucked the imaginary flowers on the chain not in order that man shall continue to bear that chain without fantasy or consolation, but so that he shall throw off the chain and pluck the living flower. The criticism of religion disillusions man, so that he will think, act, and fashion his reality like a man who has discarded his illusions and regained his senses, so that he will move around himself as his own true Sun. Religion is only the illusory Sun which revolves around man as long as he does not revolve around himself.
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Karl Marx (Critique of Hegel's Philosophy of Right)
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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. The class which has the means of material production at its disposal, has control at the same time over the means of mental production, so that thereby, generally speaking, the ideas of those who lack the means of mental production are subject to it. The ruling ideas are nothing more than the ideal expression of the dominant material relationships, the dominant material relationships grasped as ideas.
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Karl Marx (The German Ideology / Theses on Feuerbach / Introduction to the Critique of Political Economy)
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The bourgeoisie, wherever it has got the upper hand, has put an end to all feudal, patriarchal, idyllic relations. It has pitilessly torn asunder the motley feudal ties that bound man to his 'natural superiors,' and has left remaining no other nexus between man and man than naked self-interest, callous 'cash payment.' It has drowned the most heavenly ecstasies of religious fervor, of chivalrous enthusiasm, of philistine sentimentalism, in the icy water of egotistical calculation. It has resolved personal worth into exchange value, and in place of the numberless indefeasible chartered freedoms, has set up that single, unconscionable freedomβ€”Free Trade. In one word, for exploitation, veiled by religious and political illusions, it has substituted naked, shameless, direct, brutal exploitation. The bourgeoisie has stripped of its halo every occupation hitherto honored and looked up to with reverent awe. It has converted the physician, the lawyer, the priest, the poet, the man of science, into its paid wage laborers. The bourgeoisie has torn away from the family its sentimental veil, and has reduced the family relation to a mere money relation.
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Karl Marx (The Communist Manifesto)
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The bourgeoisie cannot exist without constantly revolutionizing the instruments of production, and thereby the relations of production, and with them the whole relations of society. Conservation of the old modes of production in unaltered forms, was, on the contrary, the first condition of existence for all earlier industrial classes. Constant revolutionizing of production, uninterrupted disturbance of all social conditions, everlasting uncertainty and agitation, distinguish the bourgeois epoch from all earlier ones. All fixed, fast-frozen relations, with their train of ancient and venerable prejudices and opinions, are swept away; all new-formed ones become antiquated before they can ossify. All that is solid melts into air, all that is holy is profaned, and man is at last compelled to face with sober senses his real conditions of life and his relations with his kind.
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Karl Marx (The Communist Manifesto)