Great Throughts Treasury

A database of quotes

Ferdinand Lassalle

German Jurist, Philosopher, Social Political Activist, Spokesman for German Socialism

"A man's disposition is his destiny."

"The whole art of practical success consists in concentrating all efforts at all times upon one point."

"All the putting off of the Eastern question that has been taken up so many times since 1839, has, to me, always seemed reasonable and logical, only because it must be put off until its natural reversioner, the German Revolution, solves it."

"But I felt all the more bound to make this proposal, because it at once turns to a reproach."

"From that moment on, therefore, newspapers became not only the commonest of vulgar commercial operations, no different from any other, but also they became something much worse, namely totally hypocritical businesses, run with the pretense of fighting for great ideas and the good of the people."

"I have never written a line in my life that could be counted to the good of the Kleindeutsch Party; I consider it as the product of sheer dread of earnestness, war, revolution, the republic, and as a good slice of national treason."

"Everything Kleindeutsch is Gothaism und Gagerism, and pure cowardice."

"But you will understand by yourselves that the matter applies equally well to the organization of the officials of justice, of administrative officials, etc; these are likewise organized instruments of power in certain societies."

"From that moment on, the newspaper became a highly lucrative investment for those with a talent for making money or for publishers wanting to gain a fortune."

"It may act as a sea-wall, against which the waves of this false popularity are beginning to break."

"Labor is the source of all wealth and all culture."

"Only in a popular war against France... do I see a misfortune."

"Only to he avoid misunderstandings, I must say that even last year, when I wrote my pamphlet, I heartily wished that Prussia should declare war against Napoleon."

"Russia is naturally an empire of barbaric force, which its despotic Government is trying to civilize as far as is compatible with its despotic, interests."

"That the people shall be convinced that the war has been undertaken in an anti-popular, in a dynastic and counterrevolutionary sense, therefore against their interests. This only we can look after, and to look after that is therefore our duty."

"The constitutional questions are in the first instance not questions of right but questions of might."

"The whole thing reads so easily that it must at once seem to the working-man as if he had known it all for years."

"In the face of so menacing a danger, I felt it my duty to throw myself into the broach... Of course, I am not for a single moment deluding myself into a belief that the Government could or would take the way proposed under Section III."

"If there is one thing I have hated in my life, it is the Kleindeutsch Party."

"The work then divides itself thus; our Governments must make the war (and they will do this), and we must make it unpopular."

"Then this will only prove again and again, that Monarchy in Germany is he longer capable of a national act."

"Useful as a war against France, undertaken by the Government against the will of the people would be for our revolutionary development, just so dangerous must be the effect upon our democratic development of a war supported by blind popular enthusiasm."

"Whoever lives in Berlin note, and doesn't die of Liberalism, will never die of vexation!"