29 Inspiring Karl Marx Quotes That Will Change Your Mind

Karl Marx is widely considered as one of the greatest minds of all time. He is widely recognized for his contributions to the political economy. He was also a great writer who contributed to the development of socialist theory and communism.

Although he was born in 1818, he died in 1883 at the age of 65. Although his life and work are well known, it’s difficult to understand his philosophy as he didn’t write anything down until several years later when he published “Das Kapital” as a book in 1867.

His thought is complex, and it is very different from what we think about now, but most academics have accepted him as one of the greatest thinkers ever. His ideas were not formed one by one, but they came together over many years.

Here are his most inspirational quotes relevant today and give you the courage to change the world.

29 Inspirational Karl Marx Quotes To Change Your Mind

1. “Nothing can have value without being an object of utility.” ~ Karl Marx

2. “History does nothing, it ‘possesses no immense wealth’, it ‘wages no battles’. It is man, real, living man who does all that, who possesses and fights; ‘history’ is not, as it were, a person apart, using man as a means to achieve its own aims; history is nothing but the activity of man pursuing his aims.” ~ Karl Marx

3. “To be radical is to grasp things by the root.” ~ Karl Marx

4. “History calls those men the greatest who have ennobled themselves by working for the common good; experience acclaims as happiest the man who has made the greatest number of people happy.” ~ Karl Marx

5. “Favourite motto … De omnibus dubitandum [Everything must be doubted].” ~ Karl Marx

6. “I am a machine condemned to devour books.” ~ Karl Marx

7. “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.” ~ Karl Marx

8. “Men make their own history.” ~ Karl Marx

9. “The ruling ideas of each age have ever been the ideas of its ruling class.” ~ Karl Marx

10. “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.” ~ Karl Marx

11. “Experience praises the most happy the one who made the most people happy.” ~ Karl Marx

12. “The rich will do anything for the poor but get off their backs.” ~ Karl Marx

13. “You must be aware that the reward for labour, and quantity of labour, are quite disparate things.” ~ Karl Marx

14. “I am nothing but I must be everything.” ~ Karl Marx

15. “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.” ~ Karl Marx

16. “The last capitalist we hang shall be the one who sold us the rope.” ~ Karl Marx

17. “The history of all previous societies has been the history of class struggles.” ~ Karl Marx

18. “History repeats itself, first as tragedy, second as farce.” ~ Karl Marx

19. “The increase in value of the world of things is directly proportional to the decrease in value of the human world.” ~ Karl Marx

20. “History is the judge — its executioner, the proletarian.” ~ Karl Marx

21. “The question whether objective truth can be attributed to human thinking is not a question of theory but is a practical question.” ~ Karl Marx

22. “Man makes his own history, but he does not make it out of the whole cloth; he does not make it out of conditions chosen by himself, but out of such as he finds close at hand.” ~ Karl Marx

23. “Revolutions are the locomotives of history.” ~ Karl Marx

24. “Catch a man a fish, and you can sell it to him. Teach a man to fish, and you ruin a wonderful business opportunity.” ~ Karl Marx

25. “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.” ~ Karl Marx

26. “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.” ~ Karl Marx

27. “The philosophers have only interpreted the world, in various ways; the point is to change it.” ~ Karl Marx

28. “Necessity is blind until it becomes conscious. Freedom is the consciousness of necessity.” ~ Karl Marx

29. “I am a machine condemned to devour books.” ~ Karl Marx

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