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" 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. "
" 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. "
" 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. "
" The production of too many useful things results in too many useless people. "
" The English have all the material requisites for the revolution. What they lack is the spirit of generalization and revolutionary ardour. "
" Machines were, it may be said, the weapon employed by the capitalists to quell the revolt of specialized labor. "
" Capitalist production, therefore, develops technology, and the combining together of various processes into a social whole, only by sapping the original sources of all wealth - the soil and the labourer. "
" Reason has always existed, but not always in a reasonable form. "
" The ruling ideas of each age have ever been the ideas of its ruling class. "
" Art is always and everywhere the secret confession, and at the same time the immortal movement of its time. "
" Men's ideas are the most direct emanations of their material state. "
" 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. "
" Religion is the opium of the masses. "
" The country that is more developed industrially only shows, to the less developed, the image of its own future. "
" While the miser is merely a capitalist gone mad, the capitalist is a rational miser. "
" 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. "
" A specter is haunting Europe - the specter of communism. "
" Necessity is blind until it becomes conscious. Freedom is the consciousness of necessity. "
" The product of mental labor - science - always stands far below its value, because the labor-time necessary to reproduce it has no relation at all to the labor-time required for its original production. "
" Medicine heals doubts as well as diseases. "
" 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. "
" Social progress can be measured by the social position of the female sex. "
" 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. "
" Workers of the world unite; you have nothing to lose but your chains. "
" Without doubt, machinery has greatly increased the number of well-to-do idlers. "
" For the bureaucrat, the world is a mere object to be manipulated by him. "
" The writer may very well serve a movement of history as its mouthpiece, but he cannot of course create it. "
" 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. "
" There is a specter haunting Europe, the specter of Communism. "