Connexions Quotations

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Capital has one single life impulse, the tendency to create value and surplus-value, to make its constant factor, the means of production, absorb the greatest possible amount of surplus-labour. Capital is dead labour, that, vampire-like, only lives by sucking living labour, and lives the more, the more labour it sucks.
- Karl Marx
  Capital, Volume I, Chapter 10 (1867)


Capitalism is the extraordinary belief that the nastiest of men, for the nastiest of reasons, will somehow work for the benefit of us all.
- John Maynard Keynes


Change your life today. Don’t gamble on the future, act now, without delay.
- Simone de Beauvoir


Common sense is the collection of prejudices acquired by age 18.
- Albert Einstein


Communism is for us not a state of affairs which is to be established, an ideal to which reality [will] have to adjust itself. We call communism the real movement which abolishes the present state of things. The conditions of this movement result from the premises now in existence.
- Karl Marx
  The German Ideology


A community is the mental and spiritual condition of knowing that the place is shared, and that the people who share the place define and limit the possibilities of each other’s lives. It is the knowledge that people have of each other, their concern for each other, their trust in each other, the freedom with which they come and go among themselves.
- Wendell Berry


The conspicuously wealthy often turn up urging the character-building value of privation for the poor.
- John Kenneth Galbraith


Constant kindness can accomplish much. As the sun makes ice melt, kindness causes misunderstanding, mistrust, and hostility to evaporate.
- Albert Schweitzer


Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear – not absence of fear.
- Mark Twain


Creeds like pacifism and anarchism, which seem on the surface to imply a complete renunciation of power, rather encourage this habit of mind. For if you have embraced a creed which appears to be free from the ordinary dirtiness of politics – a creed from which you cannot expect to draw any material advantage – surely that proves that you are in the right? And the more you are in the right, the more natural that everyone else should be bullied into thinking likewise.
- George Orwell


A criminal is a person with predatory instincts who has not sufficient capital to form a corporation.
- Howard Scott


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