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Friedrick Engels Quote: “An ounce of action is worth a ton of theory.”

An ounce of action is worth a ton of theory.

— Friedrick Engels



Friedrick Engels Quote: “Freedom is the recognition of necessity.”

Freedom is the recognition of necessity.

— Friedrick Engels


Friedrick Engels Quote: “No nation can be free if it oppresses other nations.”

No nation can be free if it oppresses other nations.

— Friedrick Engels


Friedrick Engels Quote: “And what is impossible to science?”

And what is impossible to science?

— Friedrick Engels


Friedrick Engels Quote: “Ideas often kindle each other, like electrical sparks.”

Ideas often kindle each other, like electrical sparks.

— Friedrick Engels


Friedrick Engels Quote: “Look at the Paris Commune. That was the Dictatorship of the Proletariat.”

Look at the Paris Commune. That was the Dictatorship of the Proletariat.

— Friedrick Engels


Friedrick Engels Quote: “Terror consists mostly of useless cruelties perpetrated by frightened people in order to reassure themselves.”

Terror consists mostly of useless cruelties perpetrated by frightened people in order to reassure themselves.

— Friedrick Engels


Friedrick Engels Quote: “Only sound common sense, respectable fellow that he is, in the homely realm of his own four walls, has very wonderful adventures directly he ventures out into the wide world of research.”

Only sound common sense, respectable fellow that he is, in the homely realm of his own four walls, has very wonderful adventures directly he ventures out into the wide world of research.

— Friedrick Engels


Friedrick Engels Quote: “From the first day to this, sheer greed was the driving spirit of civilization.”

From the first day to this, sheer greed was the driving spirit of civilization.

— Friedrick Engels


Friedrick Engels Quote: “Don’t forget any affront done to you and to all our people, the time of revenge will come and must be put to good use.”

Don’t forget any affront done to you and to all our people, the time of revenge will come and must be put to good use.

— Friedrick Engels



Friedrick Engels Quote: “Three hundred years after its appearance Christianity was the recognized state religion in the Roman World Empire, and in barely sixty years socialism has won itself a position which makes its victory absolutely certain.”

Three hundred years after its appearance Christianity was the recognized state religion in the Roman World Empire, and in barely sixty years socialism has won itself a position which makes its victory absolutely certain.

— Friedrick Engels


Friedrick Engels Quote: “We find two great gangs of political speculators, who alternately take possession of the state power and exploit it by the most corrupt ends – the nation is powerless against these two great cartels of politicians who are ostensibly its servants, but in reality dominate and plunder it.”

We find two great gangs of political speculators, who alternately take possession of the state power and exploit it by the most corrupt ends – the nation is powerless against these two great cartels of politicians who are ostensibly its servants, but in reality dominate and plunder it.

— Friedrick Engels


Friedrick Engels Quote: “All history has been a history of class struggles between dominated classes at various stages of social development.”

All history has been a history of class struggles between dominated classes at various stages of social development.

— Friedrick Engels


Friedrick Engels Quote: “How do you think the transition from the present situation to community of Property is to be effected? The first, fundamental condition for the introduction of community of property is the political liberation of the proletariat through a democratic constitution.”

How do you think the transition from the present situation to community of Property is to be effected? The first, fundamental condition for the introduction of community of property is the political liberation of the proletariat through a democratic constitution.

— Friedrick Engels


Friedrick Engels Quote: “The free development of each is the condition for the free development of all.”

The free development of each is the condition for the free development of all.

— Friedrick Engels


Friedrick Engels Quote: “Freedom does not consist in any dreamt-of independence from natural laws, but in the knowledge of these laws, and in the possibility this gives of systematically making them work towards definite ends.”

Freedom does not consist in any dreamt-of independence from natural laws, but in the knowledge of these laws, and in the possibility this gives of systematically making them work towards definite ends.

— Friedrick Engels


Friedrick Engels Quote: “In science, each new point of view calls forth a revolution in nomenclature.”

In science, each new point of view calls forth a revolution in nomenclature.

— Friedrick Engels


Friedrick Engels Quote: “What each individual wills is obstructed by everyone else, and what emerges is something that no one willed.”

What each individual wills is obstructed by everyone else, and what emerges is something that no one willed.

— Friedrick Engels


Friedrick Engels Quote: “By bourgeoisie is meant the class of modern capitalists, owners of the means of social production and employers of wage labor. By proletariat, the class of modern wage laborers who, having no means of production of their own, are reduced to selling their labor power in order to live.”

By bourgeoisie is meant the class of modern capitalists, owners of the means of social production and employers of wage labor. By proletariat, the class of modern wage laborers who, having no means of production of their own, are reduced to selling their labor power in order to live.

— Friedrick Engels


Friedrick Engels Quote: “Without analysis, no synthesis.”

Without analysis, no synthesis.

— Friedrick Engels



Friedrick Engels Quote: “Everything must justify its existence before the judgment seat of Reason, or give up existence.”

Everything must justify its existence before the judgment seat of Reason, or give up existence.

— Friedrick Engels


Friedrick Engels Quote: “The proletarians, driven to despair, will seize the torch which Stephens has preached to them; the vengeance of the people will come down with a wrath of which the rage of 1795 gives no true idea. The war of the poor against the rich will be the bloodiest ever waged.”

The proletarians, driven to despair, will seize the torch which Stephens has preached to them; the vengeance of the people will come down with a wrath of which the rage of 1795 gives no true idea. The war of the poor against the rich will be the bloodiest ever waged.

— Friedrick Engels


Friedrick Engels Quote: “Life is the mode of action of proteins.”

Life is the mode of action of proteins.

— Friedrick Engels


Friedrick Engels Quote: “Bare-faced covetousness was the moving spirit of civilization from its first dawn to the present day; wealth, and again wealth, and for the third time wealth; wealth, not of society, but of the puny individual, was its only and final aim.”

Bare-faced covetousness was the moving spirit of civilization from its first dawn to the present day; wealth, and again wealth, and for the third time wealth; wealth, not of society, but of the puny individual, was its only and final aim.

— Friedrick Engels


Friedrick Engels Quote: “The way in which the vast mass of the poor are treated by modern society is truly scandalous. They are herded into great cities where they breathe a fouler air than in the countryside which they have left.”

The way in which the vast mass of the poor are treated by modern society is truly scandalous. They are herded into great cities where they breathe a fouler air than in the countryside which they have left.

— Friedrick Engels


Friedrick Engels Quote: “It is a curious fact that with every great revolutionary movement the question of ‘free love’ comes into the foreground.”

It is a curious fact that with every great revolutionary movement the question of ‘free love’ comes into the foreground.

— Friedrick Engels


Friedrick Engels Quote: “If there were no Frenchwomen, life wouldn’t be worth living.”

If there were no Frenchwomen, life wouldn’t be worth living.

— Friedrick Engels


Friedrick Engels Quote: “In a political struggle of class against class, organization of trade unions is the most important weapon.”

In a political struggle of class against class, organization of trade unions is the most important weapon.

— Friedrick Engels


Friedrick Engels Quote: “Just as Marx used to say about the French Marxists of the late ’seventies: All I know is that I am not a Marxist.”

Just as Marx used to say about the French Marxists of the late ’seventies: All I know is that I am not a Marxist.

— Friedrick Engels


Friedrick Engels Quote: “Hegel was the first to state correctly the relation between freedom and necessity. To him, freedom is the insight into necessity.”

Hegel was the first to state correctly the relation between freedom and necessity. To him, freedom is the insight into necessity.

— Friedrick Engels


Friedrick Engels Quote: “Firstly, the farmers, the most stupid set of people in existence, who, clinging to feudal prejudices, burst forth in masses, ready to die rather than cease to obey those whom they, their fathers and grandfathers, had called their masters; and submitted to be trampled on and horse-whipped by.”

Firstly, the farmers, the most stupid set of people in existence, who, clinging to feudal prejudices, burst forth in masses, ready to die rather than cease to obey those whom they, their fathers and grandfathers, had called their masters; and submitted to be trampled on and horse-whipped by.

— Friedrick Engels


Friedrick Engels Quote: “Some laws of state aimed at curbing crime are even more criminal.”

Some laws of state aimed at curbing crime are even more criminal.

— Friedrick Engels


Friedrick Engels Quote: “The society that will organize production on the basis of a free and equal association of the producers will put the whole machinery of the state where it will then belong: into the museum of antiquities, by the side of the spinning wheel and the bronze axe.”

The society that will organize production on the basis of a free and equal association of the producers will put the whole machinery of the state where it will then belong: into the museum of antiquities, by the side of the spinning wheel and the bronze axe.

— Friedrick Engels


Friedrick Engels Quote: “If in all ideology men and their circumstances appear upside-down as in a camera obscura, this phenomenon arises just as much from their historical life-process as the inversion of objects on the retina does from the physical life-process.”

If in all ideology men and their circumstances appear upside-down as in a camera obscura, this phenomenon arises just as much from their historical life-process as the inversion of objects on the retina does from the physical life-process.

— Friedrick Engels


Friedrick Engels Quote: “All that is real in human history becomes irrational in the process of time.”

All that is real in human history becomes irrational in the process of time.

— Friedrick Engels


Friedrick Engels Quote: “The slave frees himself when, of all the relations of private property, he abolishes only the relation of slavery and thereby becomes a proletarian; the proletarian can free himself only by abolishing private property in general.”

The slave frees himself when, of all the relations of private property, he abolishes only the relation of slavery and thereby becomes a proletarian; the proletarian can free himself only by abolishing private property in general.

— Friedrick Engels


Friedrick Engels Quote: “One day we shall certainly ‘reduce’ thought experimentally to molecular and chemical motions in the brain; but does that exhaust the essence of thought?”

One day we shall certainly ‘reduce’ thought experimentally to molecular and chemical motions in the brain; but does that exhaust the essence of thought?

— Friedrick Engels


Friedrick Engels Quote: “It is no longer a question anywhere of inventing interconnections from out of our brains, but of discovering them in the facts.”

It is no longer a question anywhere of inventing interconnections from out of our brains, but of discovering them in the facts.

— Friedrick Engels


Friedrick Engels Quote: “Political economy came into being as a natural result of the expansion of trade, and with its appearance elementary, unscientific huckstering was replaced by a developed system of licensed fraud, an entire science of enrichment.”

Political economy came into being as a natural result of the expansion of trade, and with its appearance elementary, unscientific huckstering was replaced by a developed system of licensed fraud, an entire science of enrichment.

— Friedrick Engels


Friedrick Engels Quote: “The state is nothing but an instrument of opression of one class by another – no less so in a democratic republic than in a monarchy.”

The state is nothing but an instrument of opression of one class by another – no less so in a democratic republic than in a monarchy.

— Friedrick Engels


Friedrick Engels Quote: “The state is not abolished, it withers away.”

The state is not abolished, it withers away.

— Friedrick Engels


Friedrick Engels Quote: “In 10 years, this sleepy Canada will be ripe for annexation – the farmers in Manitoba, etc., will demand it themselves. Besides, the country is half annexed already socially – hotels, newspapers, advertising, etc., all on the American pattern.”

In 10 years, this sleepy Canada will be ripe for annexation – the farmers in Manitoba, etc., will demand it themselves. Besides, the country is half annexed already socially – hotels, newspapers, advertising, etc., all on the American pattern.

— Friedrick Engels


Friedrick Engels Quote: “The emancipation of woman will only be possible when woman can take part in production on a large, social scale, and domestic work no longer claims anything but an insignificant amount of her time.”

The emancipation of woman will only be possible when woman can take part in production on a large, social scale, and domestic work no longer claims anything but an insignificant amount of her time.

— Friedrick Engels


Friedrick Engels Quote: “It would appear that the natural frontier of Russia runs from Dantzic or perhaps Stettin to Trieste.”

It would appear that the natural frontier of Russia runs from Dantzic or perhaps Stettin to Trieste.

— Friedrick Engels


Friedrick Engels Quote: “The proletariat uses the State not in the interests of freedom but in order to hold down its adversaries, and as soon as it becomes possible to speak of freedom the State as such ceases to exist.”

The proletariat uses the State not in the interests of freedom but in order to hold down its adversaries, and as soon as it becomes possible to speak of freedom the State as such ceases to exist.

— Friedrick Engels


Friedrick Engels Quote: “The British Labour movement is today, and for many years has been, working in a narrow circle of strikes that are looked upon, not as an expedient, and not as a means of propaganda, but as an ultimate aim.”

The British Labour movement is today, and for many years has been, working in a narrow circle of strikes that are looked upon, not as an expedient, and not as a means of propaganda, but as an ultimate aim.

— Friedrick Engels

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