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"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 theory of the Communists may be summed up in the single sentence: Abolition of private property."

"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."

"Experience praises the most happy the one who made the most people happy."

"In bourgeois society capital is independent and has individuality, while the living person is dependent and has no individuality."

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

"While the miser is merely a capitalist gone mad, the capitalist is a rational miser."

"All social rules and all relations between individuals are eroded by a cash economy, avarice drags Pluto himself out of the bowels of the earth."

"The policy of Russia is changeless. Its methods, its tactics, its maneuvers may change, but the polar star of its policy, world domination, is a fixed star."

"A commodity appears at first sight an extremely obvious, trivial thing. But its analysis brings out that it is a very strange thing, abounding in metaphysical subtleties and theological niceties."

"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."

"Society does not consist of individuals but expresses the sum of interrelations, the relations within which these individuals stand."

"Civil servants and priests, soldiers and ballet-dancers, schoolmasters and police constables, Greek museums and Gothic steeples, civil list and services list - the common seed within which all these fabulous beings slumber in embryo is taxation."

"We should not say that one man's hour is worth another man's hour, but rather that one man during an hour is worth just as much as another man during an hour. Time is everything, man is nothing: he is at the most time's carcass."

"The worker of the world has nothing to lose, but their chains, workers of the world unite."

"Nothing can have value without being an object of utility."

"The writer may very well serve a movement of history as its mouthpiece, but he cannot of course create it."

"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."

"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."

"The development of civilization and industry in general has always shown itself so active in the destruction of forests that everything that has been done for their conservation and production is completely insignificant in comparison."

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