- Karl Marx.
"Five or six hundred [aristocratic] heads lopped off would have assured you repose and happiness; a false humanity has restrained your arm and suspended your blows; it will cost the lives of millions of your brothers."
- Jean Paul Marat.
"It must be remembered that the white group of laborers, while they received a low wage, were compensated in part by a sort of public and psychological wage. They were given public deference and titles of courtesy because they were white. They were admitted freely with all classes of white people to public functions, public parks, and the best schools. The police were drawn from their ranks, and the courts, dependent upon their votes, treated them with such leniency as to encourage lawlessness."
- W.E.B. DuBois.
"The mere recognition that there are rich and poor or even that corporations exploit people, any idiot can see this, cannot constitute class consciousness...Class consciousness implies a participation in the class struggle."
- J. Sakai.
"It is interesting to note that as common place as it was for American leaders to speak of freedom and democracy while supporting dicatorships,so [did] Russian leaders speak of wars of national liberation, anti imperialism, and anti colonialism, while doing extremely little to actually further those causes,..."
- William Blum.
"Only when the individual worker realizes that he is a member of the entire working class, only when he recognizes the fact that his petty day-to-day struggle against individual employers and individual government officials is a struggle against the entire bourgeoisie does his struggle become a class struggle." - V.I. Lenin.
“To tell the workers in the handful of rich countries where life is easier, thanks to imperialist pillage, that they must be afraid of ‘too great’ impoverishment, is counter-revolutionary. It is the reverse that they should be told. The labour aristocracy that is afraid of sacrifices, afraid of ‘too great’ impoverishment during the revolutionary struggle, cannot belong to the Party...”
- V. I. Lenin; 'On the Terms of Admission into the Communist International'.
"Is the actual condition of the workers in the oppressor and in the oppressed nations the same, from the standpoint of the national question?
No, it is not the same!
(1) Economically, the difference is that sections of the working class in the oppressor nations receive crumbs from the super-profits the bourgeoisie of these nations obtains by extra exploitation of the workers of the oppressed nations.
Besides, economic statistics show that here a larger percentage of the workers become “straw bosses” than is the case in the oppressed nations, a larger percentage rise to the labor aristocracy. That is a fact. To a certain degree the workers of the oppressor nations are partners of their own bourgeoisie in plundering the workers (and the mass of the population) of the oppressed nations.
(2) Politically, the difference is that, compared with the workers of the oppressed nations, they occupy a privileged position in many spheres of political life.
(3) Ideologically, or spiritually, the difference is that they are taught, at school and in life, disdain and contempt for the workers of the oppressed nations."
(#5.) Monism And Dualism”.
"Everybody must be mobilized to share the responsibility, to speak up, to encourage other people, and to criticize other people. Everyone has a pair of eyes and a mouth and he must be allowed to see and speak up. Democracy means allowing the masses to manage their own affairs. Here are two ways: one is to depend on a few individuals and the other is to mobilize the masses to manage affairs. Our politics is mass politics.... An active leader followed by inactive masses will not do."
- Mao Tse Tung.
"Like everything else in life, to build unity of a class or people means there must be internal struggle. We cannot falsely pretend to just love each other. We must understand that unity comes when people are in struggles and make selfless sacrifice, and realize that they can depend on each other, they are not being manipulated by the leadership, or sold out for the needs of the organization."
- Lorenzo Komboa Ervin.
"No...action should be undertaken that does not readily coincide with the momentum of the political mass movement, or cannot be easily understood by the masses as a necessary tactic...
- Black Liberation Army manual; 1970.
"It was the black man's vote that put the present administration in Washington, D.C. Your vote, your dumb vote, your ignorant vote, your wasted vote put in an administration in Washington, D.C., that has seen fit to pass every kind of legislation imaginable, saving you until last, then filibustering on top of that. And your and my leaders have the audacity to run around clapping their hands and talk about how much progress we're making. And what a good president we have."
- Malcolm X.
"Use no limitation as a limitation; Use no way as a way." - Bruce Lee.
"Strategize your anger." - Faviola Romero.
"Do You Have Ideas...Or Do Ideas Have You?"- Ronok.
"Karate means 'empty hand', so it's perfect for the poor man." - dead prez.
"A criminal is a person with predatory instincts without sufficient capital to form a corporation" - Clarence Darrow.
"Socialist society is a great leap forward, in which labor power is no longer bought and sold and is not under the domination of alien and antagonistic class forces; it does not serve the production and reproduction of the conditions of exploitation of the workers. But in this society important inequalities still exist. The most important of these contradictions are those between mental and manual labor, city and countryside, and men and women, along with aspects of bourgeois economic relations, such as differences in wages, and commodity exchange.
All these inequalities that remain from the past are called "bourgeois right". They are the material soil for the development of a new bourgeoisie within the socialist society and within the framework of socialist ownership.
Mao emphasized that socialism is not the end of the road and that classes and class struggle will exist throughout socialism. With the establishment of the political power of the working class, the balance of forces between the classes and the conditions of class struggle change. The proletariat, by relying on its own power, can restrict the ground for social antagonisms; socialism, because of its contradictory nature, thus faces two roads: development and advance, with the goal of establishing communism in the world, or turning back towards capitalism.
Mao Tse-Tung, for the first time in the history of the working class movement, succeeded in developing a scientific and all-round thinking on the socialist political economy. Whilst learning from the positive aspects of socialist construction in the Soviet Union, he broke with many incorrect views prevailing among the Soviet communists. In particular, Mao refuted the Soviet concept that equated socialism with the establishment of public ownership and the achievement of a certain level of development of the productive forces. Instead, Mao emphasized that forms of state ownership can turn into a guise for bourgeois relations; the yardstick as to whether or not an economy is socialist is whether it advances towards restricting the differences and inequalities or instead towards increasing them.
In his illuminating analysis of class struggle under socialism, Mao Tse-Tung explained where the nucleus of the new bourgeoisie (and not the remnants of the overthrown class or small producers) build their political center. He said: "You're making socialist revolution yet don't know where the bourgeoisie is. It is right inside the communist party, those in power taking the capitalist road." Those sections of the leaders of the party and state who had discarded the strategy, politics and goals of proletarian revolution and the establishment of communism and who wanted to rule the country on the basis of reinforcing the differences and restoring capitalism form the central nucleus of the new bourgeoisie. These are the revisionists. The coming to power of the revisionists in a socialist country means the coming to power of a new bourgeoisie. Mao emphasized the need for the leadership of the communist party throughout the period of socialism, but said this takes a dual form, because within the party is where the new bourgeoisie sets its niche. For this reason, during socialism the party is the decisive arena of the class struggle. Mao emphasized the decisive role of the superstructure (the class consciousness of the masses, the revolutionary nature of the party, culture and education) in preserving the proletarian state and deepening the socialist nature of the economic base of society.
Mao developed the Marxist understanding of the transitional and contradictory nature of socialist society and the class relations within it and emphasized that advancing socialist construction and preventing capitalist restoration is only possible on the basis of consciously developing the class struggle and continuing the revolution."
- Draft Program of the Communist Party of Iran (Marxist Leninist Maoist).