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Karl Marx
Milton Friedman
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History repeats itself, first as tragedy, second as farce. Karl Marx

The worker puts his life into the object; but now his life no longer belongs to him but to the object. Karl Marx
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Society has arisen out of the works of peace; the essence of society is peacemaking. Ludwig von Mises

Philosophy is to the real world as masturbation is to sex. Karl Marx

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

The production of too many useful things results in too many useless people. Karl Marx
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Religion is the opium of the masses. Karl Marx

Ideas shape the course of history. John Maynard Keynes

Necessity is blind until it becomes conscious. Freedom is the consciousness of necessity. Karl Marx

More die in the United States from too much food that from too little. John Kenneth Galbraith

Catch a man a fish, and you can sell it to him. Teach a man to fish, and you ruin a wonderful business opportunity. Karl Marx

There are times in politics when you must be on the right side and lose. John Kenneth Galbraith

The history of all hitherto existing society is the history of class struggles. Karl Marx

In the United States, though power corrupts, the expectation of power paralyzes. John Kenneth Galbraith

Nothing mattered except states of mind, chiefly our own. John Maynard Keynes

It may be those who do most, dream most. Stephen Leacock

Democracy is the road to socialism. Karl Marx

The rich will do anything for the poor but get off their backs. Karl Marx

Nothing can have value without being an object of utility. Karl Marx

In any great organization it is far, far safer to be wrong with the majority than to be right alone. John Kenneth Galbraith

Let the ruling classes tremble at a Communist revolution. The proletarians have nothing to lose, but their chains. .Workers of the world unite! Karl Marx

Religion is the sign of the oppressed creature, the sentiment of a heartless world, and the soul of soulless conditions. It is the opium of the people. Karl Marx

The power to do good is also the power to do harm. Milton Friedman

I do not know which makes a man more conservative -- to know nothing but the present, or nothing but the past. John Maynard Keynes

Man, an animal that makes bargains. Adam Smith

There's no such thing as a free lunch. Milton Friedman

Wealth, in even the most improbable cases, manages to convey the aspect of intelligence. John Kenneth Galbraith

Politics is not the art of the possible. It consists in choosing between the disastrous and the unpalatable. John Kenneth Galbraith

Happiness never lays its finger on its pulse. Adam Smith

The only antidote to mental suffering is physical pain. Karl Marx

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