6+ quotes from The German Ideology by Karl Marx

Quotes from The German Ideology

Karl Marx ·  575 pages

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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.”
― Karl Marx, quote from The German Ideology


“As individuals express their life, so they are.”
― Karl Marx, quote from The German Ideology


“For as soon as the distribution of labour comes into being, each man has a particular, exclusive sphere of activity, which is forced upon him and from which he cannot escape. He is a hunter, a fisherman, a herdsman, or a critical critic, and must remain so if he does not want to lose his means of livelihood; while in communist society, where nobody has one exclusive sphere of activity but each can become accomplished in any branch he wishes, society regulates the general production and thus makes it possible for me to do one thing today and another tomorrow, to hunt in the morning, fish in the afternoon, rear cattle in the evening, criticise after dinner, just as I have a mind, without ever becoming hunter, fisherman, herdsman or critic.”
― Karl Marx, quote from The German Ideology


“Philosophy and the study of the real world have the same relation to one another as onanism and sexual love.”
― Karl Marx, quote from The German Ideology


“Thus, in imagination, individuals seem freer under the dominance of the bourgeoisie than before, because their conditions of life seem accidental; in reality, of course, they are less free, because they are to a greater extent governed by material forces.”
― Karl Marx, quote from The German Ideology


“...to hunt in the morning, fish in the afternoon, rear cattle in the evening, [and] criticise after dinner...”
― Karl Marx, quote from The German Ideology


About the author

Karl Marx
Born place: in Trier, Germany
Born date May 5, 1818
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