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“Perseus wore a magic cap that the monsters he hunted down might not see him. We draw the magic cap down over eyes and ears as a make-believe that there are no monsters.”

— Karl Marx

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Quote source: Author's prefaces to the First Edition.

“The most violent, mean and malignant passions of the human breast, the Furies of private interest.”

— Karl Marx

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“The commodity is first of all, an external object, a thing which through its qualities satisfies human needs of whatever kind. The nature of these needs, whether they arise, for example, from the stomach, or the imagination, makes no difference. Nor does it matter here how the thing satisfies man's need, whether directly as a means of subsistence, i.e. an object of consumption, or indirectly as a means of production”

— Karl Marx

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Quote source: Vol. I, Ch. 1, Section 1, pg. 41.

“To discover the various use of things is the work of history.”

— Karl Marx

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Quote source: Vol. I, Ch. 1, Section 1, pg. 42.

“Wherever the want of clothing forced them to it, the human race made clothes for thousands of years, without a single man becoming a tailor.”

— Karl Marx

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Quote source: Vol. I, Ch. 1, Section 2, pg. 49.

“Every commodity is compelled to chose some other commodity for its equivalent.”

— Karl Marx

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Quote source: Vol. I, Ch. 1, Section 3, pg. 65.

“Gold is now money with reference to all other commodities only because it was previously, with reference to them, a simple commodity.”

— Karl Marx

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Quote source: Vol. I, Ch. 1, Section 3, pg. 81.

“The whole mystery of commodities, all the magic and necromancy that surrounds the products of labor as long as they take the form of commodities, vanishes therefore, so soon as we come to other forms of production.”

— Karl Marx

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Quote source: Vol. I, ch.1, section 4.

“A commodity appears, at first sight, a very trivial thing, and easily understood.Its analysis shows that it is, in reality, a very queer thing, abounding in metaphysical subtleties and theological niceties.”

— Karl Marx

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Quote source: Vol. I, Ch. 1, Section 4, pg. 81.

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“Value, therefore, does not stalk about with a label describing what it is.”

— Karl Marx

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Quote source: Vol. I, Ch. 1, Section 4, pg. 85.

“The law of gravity thus asserts itself when a house falls about our ears.”

— Karl Marx

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Quote source: Vol. I, Ch. 1, Section 4, pg. 86.

“The religious world is but the reflex of the real world.”

— Karl Marx

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Quote source: Vol. I, Ch. 1, Section 4, pg. 91.

“Money is a crystal formed of necessity in the course of the exchanges, whereby different products of labour are practically equated to one another and thus by practice converted into commodities.”

— Karl Marx

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Quote source: Vol. I, Ch. 2, pg. 99.

“Capital is money: Capital is commodities. [...] For the movement, in the course of which it adds surplus-value, is its own movement, its expansion, therefore, is automatic expansion. Because it is value, it has acquired the occult quality of being able to add value to itself. It brings forth living offspring, or, at the least, lays golden eggs.”

— Karl Marx

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Quote source: Vol. I, Ch. 2, pg. 171.

“It is under the form of money that value begins and ends, and begins again, every act of its own spontaneous generation. It began by being £100, it is now £110, and so on. But the money itself is only one of the two forms of value. Unless it takes the form of some commodity, it does not become capital. There is here no antagonism, as in the case of hoarding, between the money and commodities. The capitalist knows that all commodities, however scurvy they may look, or however badly they may smell, are in faith and in truth money, inwardly circumcised Jews, and what is more, a wonderful means whereby out of money to make more money.”

— Karl Marx

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More on this quote: Vol. I, Ch. 2, pg. 171.
 • Slavoj Žižek adressed Marx's statement in his book The Parallax View (2006), p. 59: In a crisis, the underlying belief, disavowed and just practiced, in this thus directly asserted. it is crucial how, in this elevation of money to the status of the only true commoodity ("the capitalist knows that all commodities, however scurvy they may look, or however badly they may smell, are in faith and in truth money, inwardly circumcised Jews"), Marx resorts to the precise Pauline definition of Christians as "inwardly circumcised Jews": Christians do not need external actual circumcision (that is, the abandonment of ordinary commodities with use-values, dealing only with money), since they know that each of these ordinary commodities is already "inwardly circumcised," that its true substance is money.

“Under the ideal measure of values there lurks the hard cash.”

— Karl Marx

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Quote source: Vol. I, Ch. 3, Section 1, pg. 116.

“We see then, commodities are in love with money, but "the course of true love never did run smooth".”

— Karl Marx

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Quote source: Vol. I, Ch. 3, Section 2, pg. 121.

“Hence money may be dirt, although dirt is not money.”

— Karl Marx

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Quote source: Vol. I, Ch. 3, Section 2, pg. 123.

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“Capital is money, capital is commodities. … By virtue of it being value, it has acquired the occult ability to add value to itself. It brings forth living offspring, or, at the least, lays golden eggs.”

— Karl Marx

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Quote source: Vol. I, Ch. 4, pp. 171–172

“It is in this sense that Franklin says, "war is robbery, commerce is generally cheating."”

— Karl Marx

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Quote source: Vol. I, Ch. 5, pg. 182 (on Benjamin Franklin)

“And his money he cannot eat.”

— Karl Marx

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Quote source: Vol. I, Ch. 7, pg. 213.

“The way to Hell is paved with good intentions, and he might just as easily have intended to make money, without producing at all.”

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Quote source: Vol. I, Ch. 7, pg. 213.

“A spider conducts operations that resemble those of a weaver, and a bee puts to shame many an architect in the construction of her cells. But what distinguishes the worst of architects from the best of bees is this, that the architect raises his structure in imagination before he erects it in reality.”

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Quote source: Vol. I, Ch. 7, pg. 198.

“— man's heart is a wonderful thing, especially when carried in the purse —”

— Karl Marx

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Quote source: Vol. I, Ch. 9, pg. 252.

“Capital is dead labor,that vampire-like, only lives by sucking living labor, and lives the more, the more labor it sucks.”

— Karl Marx

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Quote source: Vol. I, Ch. 10, Section 1, p. 257.

“In every stock-jobbing swindle everyone knows that some time or other the crash must come, but every one hopes that it may fall on the head of his neighbour, after he himself has caught the shower of gold and placed it in safety.”

— Karl Marx

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Quote source: Vol. I, Ch. 10, Section 5, pg. 296.

“In the United States of North America, every independent movement of the workers was paralysed so long as slavery disfigured a part of the Republic. Labour cannot emancipate itself in the white skin where in the black it is branded.”

— Karl Marx

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Quote source: Vol. I, Ch. 10, Section 7, pg. 329.

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