Socialism Quotes

Philip Sington

For the writer under Actually Existing Socialism describing sex is a simple matter: he simply does not do it (the describing, I mean, not the sex).

Barbara Kingsolver

Everyone should get dirt on his hands each day. Doctors, intellectuals. Politicians, most of all. How can we presume to uplift the life of the working man, if we don't respect his work?

Erich Fromm

The supreme principle of socialism is that man takes precedence over things, life over property, and hence, work over capital; that power follows creation, and not possession; that man must not be governed by circumstances, but circumstances must be governed by man.

Diego Rivera

Marx made theory... Lenin applied it with his sense of large-scale social organization... And Henry Ford made the work of the socialist state possible.

Martin Luther King Jr.

Let us not seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of
Let us not seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred.

Terry Eagleton

After all, if you do not resist the apparently inevitable, you will never know how inevitable the inevitable was.

José Martí

The first duty of a man is to think for himself

Malcolm X

You show me a capitalist, and I'll show you a bloodsucker

Vladimir Ilich Lenin

Freedom in capitalist society always remains about the same as it was in ancient Greek republics: Freedom for slave owners.

Albert Einstein

The Revolution introduced me to art, and in turn, art introduced me to the Revolution!. Albert
The Revolution introduced me to art, and in turn, art introduced me to the Revolution!

Leon Trotsky

The end may justify the means as long as there is something that justifies the end.

Norman Mailer

Any war that requires the suspension of reason as a necessity for support is a bad war.

Leon Trotsky

Everything is relative in this world, where change alone endures.

Malcolm X

The only way we'll get freedom for ourselves is to identify ourselves with every oppressed people in the world. We are blood brothers to the people of Brazil, Venezuela, Haiti, Cuba - yes Cuba too.

Vladimir Ilich Lenin

Despair is typical of those who do not understand the causes of evil, see no way out, and are incapable of struggle.

Adam Smith

Civil government, so far as it is instituted for the security of property, is in reality instituted for the defense of the rich against the poor, or of those who have some property against those who have none at all.

José Martí

A child who does not think about what happens around him and is content with living without wondering whether he lives honestly is like a man who lives from a scoundrel's work and is on the road to being a scoundrel.

José Martí

But love, like the sun that it is, sets afire and melts everything. what greed and privilege to build up over whole centuries the indignation of a pious spirit, with its natural following of oppressed souls, will cast down with a single shove.

Michael Collins

I knew I was alone in a way that no earthling has ever been before.

Vladimir Ilich Lenin

Unity is a great thing and a great slogan. But what the workers’ cause needs is the unity of Marxists, not unity between Marxists, and opponents and distorters of Marxism.

Kevin Alan Lee

In my opinion, our health care system has failed when a doctor fails to treat an illness that is treatable.

Stefan Molyneux

The world, viewed philosophically, remains a series of slave camps, where citizens – tax livestock – labor under the chains of illusion in the service of their masters.

Bertrand Russell

Our great democracies still tend to think that a stupid man is more likely to be honest than a clever man, and our politicians take advantage of this prejudice by pretending to be even more stupid than nature made them.

Jeffrey Tucker

There is only a certain amount of wealth in the world, this thinking goes. Economics is a matter of acquiring and allocating, not creating. This was the view of the world’s smartest people, all top philosophers and not stupid people, for many thousands of years before the age of the enlightenment. It still is.

Amit Kalantri

Capitalism is an ability to stay rich and keep getting rich.

Amit Kalantri

Every capitalist is rich, but every rich is not a capitalist.

Jeffrey Tucker

People and institutions that refuse to admit error eventually discredit themselves.

George Orwell

If you can feel that staying human is worth while, even when it can't have any result whatever, you've beaten them.

Terry Eagleton

A socialist is just someone who is unable to get over his or her astonishment that most people who have lived and died have spent lives of wretched, fruitless, unremitting toil.

Jonah Goldberg

If there is ever a fascist takeover in America, it will come not in the form of storm troopers kicking down doors but with lawyers and social workers saying. "I'm from the government and I'm here to help.

Tiffany Madison

Political corruption, social greed, and Americanized quasi-socialism can ruin even the most wonderful places. California proved that.

Carroll Bryant

I saw America's economy last night, people raiding dumpsters at a higher rate than normal in my home town. Digging through garbage shouldn't be a career. Thanks Democrats. Thanks Republicans.

Mike Norton

It is not what you can do for your country, but what you can do for all of mankind.

Benito Mussolini

State ownership! It leads only to absurd and monstrous conclusions; state ownership means state monopoly, concentrated in the hands of one party and its adherents, and that state brings only ruin and bankruptcy to all.

Earl Warren

Many people consider the things government does for them to be social progress but they regard the things government does for others as socialism."

[Address to National Press Club in Washington DC, as quoted in Freedom and Union (April 1952)]

Ambrose Bierce

GRAPESHOT, n. An argument which the future is preparing in answer to the demands of American Socialism.

George Orwell

It is deliberate policy to keep even the favoured groups somewhere near the brink of hardship, because a general state of scarcity increases the importance of small privileges and thus magnifies the distinction between one group and another.

John Médaille

Anyone who objects to any government whatsoever as a form of socialism ought not to pull that socialist lever in their home, the one that makes their waste disappear in a whirlpool into the socialized sewage treatment plant.

Friedrich Hayek

Emergencies” have always been the pretext on which the safeguards of individual liberty have eroded.

Salvador Allende

Ser joven y no ser revolucionario, es una contradicción hasta biológica

Jeffrey Tucker

The instant that any government obtains a monetary printing press, it becomes a deeply dishonest government, empowered to rob people by stealth. A government with the power to print money knows no limits.

Jeffrey Tucker

Without anarchy, there would be chaos.

Stefan Molyneux

Deep pockets and empty hearts rule the world. We unleash them at our peril.

George Reisman

Liberty should be understood as freedom from the government, specifically, freedom from the initiation of physical force by the government.

Daniel Hannan

The most dangerous diminutions of freedom come from those who are convinced of their moral rectitude.

Robert Higgs

Income inequality has no necessary connection with poverty, the lack of material resources for a decent life, such as adequate food, shelter, and clothing. A society with great income inequality may have no poor people, and a society with no income inequality may have nothing but poor people.

Alexis De Tocqueville

The free worker receives a wage; the slave an education, food, care, clothing; the money that the master spends to keep the slave is drained little by little and in detail; one hardly perceives it.1

Che Guevara

We must come to the inevitable conclusion that the guerrilla is a social reformer, who takes up arms responding to the angry protests of the people against their oppressors, and who fights to change the social system that keeps all his unarmed brothers in ignominy and poverty.

Ludwig Von Mises

The desire for an increase of wealth can be satisfied through exchange, which is the only method possible in a capitalist economy, or by violence and petition as in a militarist society, where the strong acquire by force, the weak by petitioning.

Eric Hoffer

The sick in soul insist that it is humanity that is sick, and they are the surgeons to operate on it. They want to turn the world into a sickroom. And once they get humanity strapped to the operating table, they operate on it with an ax.

Stefan Molyneux

The paralysis of potential is essential to the manufacturing of victims.

China Miéville

For the Right, strikes are both devilish and pathetic, have both terrible and absolutely no effects.

Enock Maregesi

Mwalimu Julius Kambarage Nyerere alikuwa baba kwa familia yake. Kwa Tanzania alikuwa mlezi; wa ndoto ya haki, amani, uzalendo, ujamaa, na uhuru.

Dave Champion

Socialism always produces evil results, no matter one's intentions.

Margaret Thatcher

El socialismo es un sistema que prefiere que los pobres sean más pobres con tal que los ricos sean menos ricos.

Janusz Korwin-Mikke

Socialism is a monster, which will die.

Ben Tucker

In capitalism, man exploits man. In socialism, it’s exactly the opposite.

Ahmed Padia Binkatabana

Peace isn't the absence of wars provoked by a series of delinquents of all sort, but a dynamic process of cooperation between states and people...

Hélder Câmara

When I give food to the poor, they call me a saint. When I ask why the poor have no food, they call me a communist.

Ron Brackin

Man's strongest instinct is not sex or self-preservation. it's to level the playing field.

George Orwell

A fat man eating quails while children are begging for bread is a disgusting sight, but you are less likely to see it when you are within the sound of the guns.

Heda Margolius Kovaly

It was becoming evident to many that while evil grows all by itself, good can be achieved only through hard struggle and maintained only through tireless effort, ..

Aldous Huxley

It is only when we have renounced our preoccupation with "I," "me," "mine," that we can truly possess the world in which we live. Everything, provided that we regard nothing as property. And not only is everything ours; it is also everybody else's.

Robin Hobb

To be part of a family, or any community, is to have duties and responsibility, to be bound by the rules of that group.

Martin Luther King Jr.

The greatest purveyor of violence in the world : My own Government, I can not be Silent.

Vladimir Ilich Lenin

Without Revolutionary theory, there can be no Revolutionary Movement.


Hanya politik sosialisme yang akan dapat menggerakkan rakyat Indonesia mencapai kemerdekaannya untuk memerintah negaranya sendiri dan membagi secara adil pendapatan negara.

Wendy McElroy

No one has the right to place one human being in a position of political power over another.

Jeffrey Tucker

Recall that the minimum wage was initially conceived as a method to exclude undesirables from the workforce.

Murray N. Rothbard

If the bulk of the public were really convinced of the illegitimacy of the State, if it were convinced that the State is nothing more nor less than a bandit gang writ large, then the State would soon collapse to take on no more status or breadth of existence than another Mafia gang.

Jeffrey Tucker

When the state itself is held to the same moral standards as everyone else, it dies. And that's a wonderful thing.

Ludwig Von Mises

Freedom is indivisible. As soon as one starts to restrict it, one enters upon a decline on which it is difficult to stop.

Frédéric Bastiat

When plunder becomes a way of life for a group of men in a society, over the course of time they create for themselves a legal system that authorizes it and a moral code that glorifies it.

Alexis De Tocqueville

It's not an endlessly expanding list of rights - the 'right' to education, the 'right' to health care, the 'right' to food and housing. That's not freedom, that's dependency. Those aren't rights, those are the rations of slavery - hay and a barn for human cattle.

Murray N. Rothbard

The very term ‘public utility’ … is an absurd one. Every good is useful ‘to the public,’ and almost every good … may be considered ‘necessary.’ Any designation of a few industries as ‘public utilities’ is completely arbitrary and unjustified.

Murray N. Rothbard

There are two and only two ways that any economy can be organized. One is by freedom and voluntary choice - the way of the market. The other is by force and dictation - the way of the State.

Ron Paul

The idea that the government has services or goods that they can pass on is a complete farce. Governments have nothing. They can’t create anything, they never have. All they can do is steal from one group and give it to another at the destruction of the principles of freedom, and we ought to challenge that concept.

George Santayana

The man who is not permitted to own is owned.

Murray N. Rothbard

I define anarchist society as one where there is no legal possibility for coercive aggression against the person or property of any individual.

Murray N. Rothbard

While liberals are in favor of any sexual activity engaged in by two consenting adults, when these consenting adults engage in trade or exchange, the liberals step in to harass, cripple, restrict, or prohibit that trade. And yet both the consenting sexual activity and the trade are similar expressions of liberty in action.

Jeffrey Tucker

In the same way that central banking nearly wrecked the world and created one calamity after another, bitcoin can save the world one transaction at a time.
It is time for a new beginning.

Gustave De Molinari

War has been the necessary and inevitable consequence of the establishment of a monopoly on security.

Wilhelm Röpke

In spite of its alluring name, the welfare state stands or falls by compulsion. It is compulsion imposed upon us with the state’s power to punish noncompliance. Once this is clear, it is equally clear that the welfare state is an evil the same as every restriction of freedom.

Herbert Spencer

They who employ force by proxy are as much responsible for that force as though they employed it themselves.

Albert Jay Nock

In proportion as you give the state power to do things for you, you give it power to do things to you.

Henry Hazlitt

The demoralization that the debase­ment of the currency left in its wake played a major role in bring­ing Adolf Hitler into power in 1933.

Ayn Rand

A society that robs an individual of the product of his effort, or enslaves him, or attempts to limit the freedom of his mind, or compels him to act against his own rational judgment ... is not, strictly speaking, a society, but a mob held together by institutionalized gang-rule.

Murray N. Rothbard

It is easy to be conspicuously 'compassionate' if others are being forced to pay the cost.

Stefan Molyneux

If you can convince people that freedom is injustice, they will then believe that slavery is freedom.

Harry Browne

A free and prosperous society has no fear of anyone entering it. But a welfare state is scared to death of every poor person who tries to get in and every rich person who tries to get out.

Albert Camus

The welfare of the people in particular has always been the alibi of tyrants, and it provides the further advantage of giving the servants of tyranny a good conscience.

Stefan Molyneux

Tyranny is the wolf cast by the shadows of sheep.

Thomas Sowell

The welfare state is the oldest con game in the world. First you take people's money away quietly and then you give some of it back to them flamboyantly.

Janusz Korwin-Mikke

Whenever socialism appears it destroys at least one thing: diversity. Everything has to be "the best", but in reality as we know best things are scarse.. Let me remind you again, that for the Reds, "best" things are these things that they consider "the best" for us, not these that we like!!

J.S.B. Morse

Making universal prosperity a right is the surest way to universal poverty.

Karl Marx

Labor in the white skin can never free itself as long as labor in the black skin is branded.

Edmund Wilson

Capitalism has run its course, and we shall have to look for other ideals than the ones that capitalism has encouraged.

Richard Llewellyn

Let the Unions become engines for the working people to right their wrongs. Not benefit societies, or burial clubs. Let the Unions become civilian regiments to fight in the cause of the people.

Fulton J. Sheen

Judas became the spokesman of all those who through the centuries would protest the ornamentation of the Christian cult and would feel that, when the best of gold and jewels were given to the God Who made them, there was some slight made to the poor - not because they were interested in the poor, but because they were envious of that wealth.

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