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“Money is therefore not only the object but also the fountainhead of greed.”

— Karl Marx

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Quote source: Notebook II, The Chapter on Money, p. 142.

“In fact of course, this 'productive' worker cares as much about the crappy shit he has to make as does the capitalist himself who employs him, and who also couldn't give a damn for the junk.”

— Karl Marx

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Quote source: Notebook II, The Chapter on Capital, p. 193.

“Surplus value is exactly equal to surplus labour; the increase of the one [is] exactly measured by the diminution of necessary labour.”

— Karl Marx

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Quote source: Notebook III, The Chapter on Capital, p. 259.

“(That is it!)”

— Karl Marx

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Quote source: Notebook III, The Chapter on Capital, p. 260 (In English in the original).

“Capitals accumulate faster than the population; thus wages; thus population; thus grain prices; thus the difficulty of production and hence the exchange values.”

— Karl Marx

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Quote source: Notebook III, The Chapter on Capital, p. 271.

“The devil take this wrong arithmetic. But never mind.”

— Karl Marx

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Quote source: Notebook IV, The Chapter on Capital, p. 297.

“An increase in the productivity of labour means nothing more than that the same capital creates the same value with less labour, or that less labour creates the same product with more capital.”

— Karl Marx

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Quote source: Notebook IV, The Chapter on Capital, p. 308.

“Luxury is the opposite of the naturally necessary.”

— Karl Marx

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Quote source: Notebook V, The Chapter on Capital, p. 448.

“Although usury is itself a form of credit in its bourgeoisified form, the form adapted to capital, in its pre-bourgeois form it is rather the expression of the lack of credit.”

— Karl Marx

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Quote source: Notebook V, The Chapter on Capital, p. 455.

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“Something that is merely negative creates nothing.”

— Karl Marx

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Quote source: Notebook VI, The Chapter on Capital, p. 532.

“Money is itself a product of circulation.”

— Karl Marx

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Quote source: Notebook VI, The Chapter on Capital, p. 579.

“Die Gesellschaft besteht nicht aus Individuen, sondern drückt die Summe der Beziehungen, Verhältnisse aus, worin diese Individuen zueinander stehn.”

— Karl Marx

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More on this quote: Any society does not consist of individuals but expresses the sum of relationships [and] conditions that the individual actor is forming.
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“Beauty is the main positive form of the aesthetic assimilation of reality, in which aesthetic ideal finds it direct expression...”

— Karl Marx

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“Die Natur baut keine Maschinen, keine Lokomotiven, Eisenbahnen, electric telegraphs, selfacting mules etc. Sie sind Produkte der menschlichen Industrie; natürliches Material, verwandelt in Organe des menschlichen Willens über die Natur oder seiner Betätigung in der Natur. Sie sind von der menschlichen Hand geschaffene Organe des menschlichen Hirns; vergegenständliche Wissenskraft. Die Entwicklung des capital fixe zeigt an, bis zu welchem Grade das allgemeine gesellschaftliche Wissen, knowledge, zur unmittelbaren Produktivkraft geworden ist und daher die Bedingungen des gesellschaftlichen Lebensprozesses selbst unter die Kontrolle des general intellect gekommen, und ihm gemäß umgeschaffen sind.”

— Karl Marx

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More on this quote: Nature builds no machines, no locomotives, railways, electric telegraphs, self-acting mules etc. These are products of human industry; natural material transformed into organs of the human will over nature, or of human participation in nature. They are organs of the human brain, created by the human hand; the power of knowledge, objectified. The development of fixed capital indicates to what degree general social knowledge has become a direct force of production, and to what degree, hence, the conditions of the process of social life itself have come under the control of the general intellect and been transformed in accordance with it.
• Notebook VII, The Chapter on Capital, p. 626.

“The development of fixed capital indicates in still another respect the degree of development of wealth generally, or of capital… The creation of a large quantity of disposable time apart from necessary labour time for society generally and each of its members (i.e. room for the development of the individuals’ full productive forces, hence those of society also), this creation of not-labour time appears in the stage of capital, as of all earlier ones, as not-labour time, free time, for a few. What capital adds is that it increases the surplus labour time of the mass by all the means of art and science, because its wealth consists directly in the appropriation of surplus labour time; since value directly its purpose, not use value. It is thus, despite itself, instrumental in creating the means of social disposable time, in order to reduce labour time for the whole society to a diminishing minimum, and thus to free everyone’s time for their own development. But its tendency always, on the one side, to create disposable time, on the other, to convert it into surplus labour... The mass of workers must themselves appropriate their own surplus labour. Once they have done so – and disposable time thereby ceases to have an antithetical existence – then, on one side, necessary labour time will be measured by the needs of the social individual, and, on the other, the development of the power of social production will grow so rapidly that, even though production is now calculated for the wealth of all, disposable time will grow for all. '''For real wealth is the developed productive power of all individuals. The measure of wealth is then not any longer, in any way, labour time, but rather disposable time. Labour time as the measure of value posits wealth itself as founded on poverty, and disposable time as existing in and because of the antithesis to surplus labour time; or, the positing of an individual’s entire time as labour time, and his degradation therefore to mere worker, subsumption under labour. ''The most developed machinery thus forces the worker to work longer than the savage does, or than he himself did with the simplest, crudest tools.'''''”

— Karl Marx

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Quote source: Notebook VII, The Chapter on Capital, pp. 628–629.

“The economic concept of value does not occur in antiquity.”

— Karl Marx

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Quote source: Notebook VII, The Chapter on Capital, p. 696.

“It might otherwise appear paradoxical that money can be replaced by worthless paper; but that the slightest alloying of its metallic content depreciates it.”

— Karl Marx

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Quote source: Notebook VII, The Chapter on Capital, p. 734.

“Is a fixed income not a good thing? Does not everyone love to count on a sure thing? Especially every petty-bourgeois, narrow-minded Frenchman? the 'ever needy' man?”

— Karl Marx

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Quote source: (Bastiat and Carey), pp. 809–810.

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“The South has conquered nothing — but a graveyard.”

— Karl Marx

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“Reason nevertheless prevails in world history.”

— Karl Marx

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“Lincoln’s proclamation is even more important than the Maryland campaign. Lincoln is a sui generis figure in the annals of history. He has no initiative, no idealistic impetus, cothurnus, no historical trappings. He gives his most important actions always the most commonplace form. Other people claim to be “fighting for an idea”, when it is for them a matter of square feet of land. Lincoln, even when he is motivated by, an idea, talks about “square feet”. He sings the bravura aria of his part hesitatively, reluctantly and unwillingly, as though apologising for being compelled by circumstances “to act the lion”. The most redoubtable decrees — which will always remain remarkable historical documents-flung by him at the enemy all look like, and are intended to look like, routine summonses sent by a lawyer to the lawyer of the opposing party, legal chicaneries, involved, hidebound actiones juris. His latest proclamation, which is drafted in the same style, the manifesto abolishing slavery, is the most important document in American history since the establishment of the Union, tantamount to the tearing up of the old American Constitution.”

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“Lincoln’s place in the history of the United States and of mankind will, nevertheless, be next to that of Washington!”

— Karl Marx

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“Lincoln is not the product of a popular revolution. This plebeian, who worked his way up from stone-breaker to Senator in Illinois, without intellectual brilliance, without a particularly outstanding character, without exceptional importance-an average person of good will, was placed at the top by the interplay of the forces of universal suffrage unaware of the great issues at stake. The new world has never achieved a greater triumph than by this demonstration that, given its political and social organisation, ordinary people of good will can accomplish feats which only heroes could accomplish in the old world!”

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“Hegel once observed that comedy is in act superior to tragedy and humourous reasoning superior to grandiloquent reasoning. Although Lincoln does not possess the grandiloquence of historical action, as an average man of the people he has its humour.”

— Karl Marx

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“Every beginning is difficult, holds in all sciences.”

— Karl Marx

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“I pre-suppose, of course, a reader who is willing to learn something new and therefore to think for himself.”

— Karl Marx

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“The country that is more developed industrially only shows, to the less developed, the image of its own future.”

— Karl Marx

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