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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
a writer is a productive labourer not in so far as he produces ideas, but in so far as he enriches the publisher who publishes his works
Communism is essentially the uniting of man with his nature, the true resurrection of his nature, the naturalism achieved by man and the humanism accomplished by his nature
in crises there breaks out an epidemic that, in all earlier epochs, would have seemed an absurdity - the epidemic of overproduction
in principle, a porter differs less from a philosopher than a mastiff from a greyhound. It is the division of labor which has set a gulf between them
it\'s not conscience that determines life, but life that determines conscience
money, by possessing the property of buying everything, by possessing the property of appropriating all objects, is thus the object of eminent possession. The universality of its property is the omnipotence of its being. It is therefore regarded as omnipotent
our bourgeois, not content with having the wives and daughters of their proletarians at their disposal, not to speak of common prostitutes, takes the greatest pleasure in seducing each other\'s wives
paradigm of stupidity - Money transforms fidelity into infidelity, love into hate, hate into love, virtue into vice, vice into virtue, servant into master, master into servant, idiocy into intelligence, and intelligence into idiocy
philosophers have only interpreted the world in various ways, but now it is a matter of changing it
since their birth the great banks, decorated with national titles, were only associations of private speculators, who placed themselves by the side of governments...
the circumstances make the man no less than the man makes the circumstances
the devaluation of the human world increases in direct relation with the increase in value of the world of things
the dominant ideology has always been the ideology of the dominant class
the free development of each is the condition for the free development of all
the less you eat, drink and buy books; the less you go to the theatre, the dance hall, the public house; the less you think, love, theorise, sing, paint, fence, etc., the more you save - the greater becomes your treasure which neither moths nor rust will devour - your capital. The less you are, the less you express your own life, the more you have, i.e., the greater is your alienated life, the greater is the store of your estranged being
the majority of subjects believes that they are subjects because the king is the king; however it is not realised that it is actually the king who is king because they are subjects
the theory of the Communists may be summed up in a single sentence: Abolition of private property
the whole history of modern industry shows that capital, if not checked, will unscrupulously and ruthlessly work to cast down the whole working class to the utmost state of degradation
the worker becomes a cheaper kind of merchandise with the more goods he produces
the worker becomes so much poorer with the more wealth he produces
violence is the midwife of every old society pregnant with a new one
whenever a particular freedom is under discussion, it is freedom in general that is under discussion