Karl Marx
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"Karl Marx" was a German philosophy/philosopher, economics/economist, sociology/sociologist, journalist, and Revolutionary socialism/revolutionary socialist. Marx's work in economics laid the basis for much of the current understanding of labour and its relation to capital, and subsequent economic thought. He is one of the founders of sociology and social science. He published numerous books during his lifetime, the most notable being The Communist Manifesto (1848) and Das Kapital (1867–1894).

Born into a wealthy middle-class family in Trier in the Rhine Province/Prussian Rhineland, Marx studied at the Universities of University of Bonn/Bonn and University of Berlin/Berlin where he became interested in the philosophical ideas of the Young Hegelians. After his studies he wrote for a radical newspaper in Cologne and began to work out the theory of the materialist conception of history. He moved to Paris in 1843, where he began writing for other radical newspapers and met Friedrich Engels, who would become his lifelong friend and collaborator. In 1849 he was exiled and moved to London together with his wife and children, where he continued writing and formulating his theories about social and economic activity. He also campaigned for socialism and became a significant figure in the International Workingmen's Association.

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The philosophers have only interpreted the world, in various ways. The point, however, is to change it.

Tradition weighs like a nightmare on the minds of the living.

Last words are for people who haven't said anything in life.

Social progress can be measured by the social position of the female sex.

The theory of Communism may be summed up in one sentence: Abolish all private property.

Philosophy is to the real world as masturbation is to sex.

Sell a man a fish, he eats for a day, teach a man how to fish, you ruin a wonderful business opportunity.

Religion is the sigh of the oppressed creature, the heart of a heartless world, just as it is the spirit of a spiritless situation. It is the opium of the people.

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.

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 philosophers have already perceived the world in various ways; the point is to change it.

Last words are for fools who haven't said enough.

The production of too many useful things results in too many useless people.

Workers of the world unite, you have nothing to lose but your chains.

Art is always and everywhere the secret confession, and at the same time the immortal movement of its time.

Democracy is the road to socialism.

It is not the consciousness of men that determines their beeing, but on the contrary, it is their social being that determines their consciousness.

The oppressed are allowed once every few years to decide which particular representatives of the oppressing class are to represent and repress them.

The last capitalist we hang shall be the one who sold us the rope.

Reason has always existed, but not always in a reasonable form.

From each according to their ability, to each according to their need.

The tradition of all the dead generations weighs like a nightmare on the brain of the living.