Karl Marx: Biographical Memoirs

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C.H. Kerr, 1901 - Communists - 181 pages

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Page 57 - And now Marx, all flushed and excited, told me that during the last few days the model of an electric engine drawing a railroad train was on exhibition in Regent street. 'Now the problem is solved— the consequences are indefinable.
Page 57 - Marx: Marx made fun of the victorious European reaction which imagined that it had stifled the revolution and did not suspect that natural science was preparing a new revolution. King Steam, who had revolutionized the world in the previous century, was coming to the end of his reign and another incomparably greater revolutionary would take his place, the electric spark. . . . The consequences are unpredictable. The economic revolution must be followed by a political one, for...
Page 158 - Never shall I forget the morning when he felt strong enough to go into mother's room. When they were together they were /young again — she a loving girl and he a loving youth, on the threshold of life, not an old man devastated by illness and an old dying woman parting from each other for life."30 During that last month, when Mrs.
Page 82 - ... bread or a few potatoes, I owe to Marx and his family. 5 POPULARITY For popularity Marx entertained a sovereign contempt. What he especially praised in Robert Owen was that whenever any of his ideas became popular he would come forth with a new demand making him unpopular. Free from all conceit, Marx could not attribute any value to the applause of the masses. The masses were to him a brainless crowd whose thoughts and feelings were furnished by the ruling class.
Page 21 - The social emancipation of the Jew is the emancipation of society from Judaism.
Page 91 - When Darwin drew the consequences of his investigations and presented them to the public we spoke for months of nothing else but Darwin and the revolutionizing power of his scientific conquests.
Page 65 - South German sentimental haziness'. After a long plea in mitigation, the candidate was pardoned. But his ordeal had not finished: the Communists' resident phrenologist, Karl Pfaender, was then summoned to carry out a further investigation of Liebknecht's cranial contours. 'Well, my skull was officially inspected by Karl Pfaender and nothing was found that would have prevented my admission into the Holiest of Holies of the Communist League. But the examinations did not cease . . .' Marx, who was only...
Page 153 - ... course, he was invited to smoke " a genuine Havana " — and they gave him not one of the good, imported cigars, but a cheap cigar, the vilest obtainable in a long search through St. Giles, the worst proletarian district of the West End. Marx smoked his " genuine Havana " with great relish, remarking: " I was a little suspicious at first; generally they bring a miserable weed from Germany, but this one is really good ! " Not for some days did his friends attempt to disillusion him, and then he...
Page 149 - damned foreigners!" issued from the company, soon followed by louder repetitions. Threatening words were spoken, the brains began to be heated, fists were brandished in the air and — we were sensible enough to choose the better part of valor and managed to effect, not wholly without difficulty, a passably dignified retreat.
Page 71 - Marx himself — who did not wish to be called a "Marxist" and ridiculed the "Marxists...

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