Connexions Quotations

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Real wealth is not the possession of property but the recognition that our deepest need, as human beings, is to keep developing our natural and acquired powers to relate to other human beings. Real poverty is the belief that the purpose of life is acquiring wealth and owning things.
- Grace Lee Boggs


Religious suffering is, at one and the same time, the expression of real suffering and a protest against real suffering. Religion is the sigh of the oppressed creature, the heart of a heartless world, and the soul of soulless conditions. It is the opium of the people. The abolition of religion as the illusory happiness of the people is the demand for their real happiness. To call on them to give up their illusions about their condition is to call on them to give up a condition that requires illusions. The criticism of religion is, therefore, in embryo, the criticism of that vale of tears of which religion is the halo. Criticism has plucked the imaginary flowers on the chain not in order that man shall continue to bear that chain without fantasy or consolation, but so that he shall throw off the chain and pluck the living flower.
- Karl Marx
  Critique of Hegel’s Philosophy of Right


Remember, any state, any state, has a primary enemy: its own population.
- Noam Chomsky


Revolution is necessary not only because the ruling class cannot be overthrown any other way, but also because the class overthrowing it can only in a revolution succeed in ridding itself of all the muck of ages and become fitted to found society anew.
- Karl Marx & Friedrich Engels


Revolution is never practical until the roar of revolution strikes. Then it alone is practical, and all the efforts of the conservatives and compromisers become the most futile and visionary of human language.
- James Connolly


Revolutions are the locomotives of history.
- Karl Marx
  Class Struggles in France


The rich are only defeated when running for their lives.
- C.L.R. James
  The Black Jacobins


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