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The theory of the Communists may be summed up in the single sentence: Abolition of private property.

KARL MARX, The Communist Manifesto

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.

HELDER CAMARA, Dom Helder Camara: Essential Writings

The ultimate weakness of Communism is that it robs man of that quality which makes him man.

MARTIN LUTHER KING JR., Strength to Love

The principle of communism is the enrichment of the idle at the expense of the provident; it is plunder legalized.

MARY TRIMMER, attributed, Day's Collacon

Wherever the carcass is, there shall come the vultures ... out of the mountain fastnesses, the rocky crags, the vultures of the sky come down to this glittering rottenness in order to devour it. These winged creatures are a kind of avenger and a punisher. They are a judgment upon death and corruption. Just as soon as corruption sets in, these winged monsters appear shrieking and croaking and winging their way to death itself.... Whenever a civilization begins to die morally or spiritually, then there begin to appear vultures. That is the mission of Communism in the world. Communism is the scavenger of a decaying civilization.

FULTON SHEEN, "Role of Communism"

You are horrified at our intending to do away with private property. But in your existing society, private property is already done away with for nine-tenths of the population; its existence for the few is solely due to its non-existence in the hands of those nine-tenths. You reproach us, therefore, with intending to do away with a form of property, the necessary condition for whose existence is the non-existence of any property for the immense majority of society.

KARL MARX, The Communist Manifesto

I get on very well with honest and incorrigible Communists, for I see them as men living on borrowed time. At any moment they may be swinging from a convenient tree. But ex-Communists I cannot stomach. I distrust converts of any sort, and a man who has been converted twice, first to the Marxian whimwham and then to the even worse nonsense that usually follows, seems to me to be carrying his right to make an ass of himself too far.

H. L. MENCKEN, Life Magazine, Aug. 5, 1946

How do you tell a Communist? Well, it’s someone who reads Marx and Lenin. And how do you tell an anti-Communist? It’s someone who understands Marx and Lenin.

RONALD REAGAN, speech, Sep. 25, 1987

Let's not talk about communism. Communism was just an idea, just pie in the sky.

BORIS YELTSIN, attributed, Democracy at Large

Communism deprives no man of the ability to appropriate the fruits of his labour. The only thing it deprives him of is the ability to enslave others by means of such appropriations.

KARL MARX, The Communist Manifesto

We communists are like seeds and the people are the soil. Wherever we go, we must unite with the people, take root and blossom among them.

MAO ZEDONG, Quotations from Chairman Mao Zedung

Communism is the corruption of a dream of justice.

ADLAI STEVENSON, speech, 1951

Communism is a form of government under which every citizen at election time enjoys the privilege of voting Yes.

EVAN ESAR, 20,000 Quotes & Quips

The difference between capitalism and communism is that: the first seeing a rich man say all men should have as much, and the second seeing a rich man say no man should have as much.

PHELPS ADAMS, attributed, Thoughts for Meaningful Life

Communism--or association in a simple form--is the necessary object and original aspiration of the social nature, the spontaneous movement by which it manifests and establishes itself. It is the first phase of human civilization. In this state of society--which the jurists have called negative communism--man draws near to man, and shares with him the fruits of the field and the milk and flesh of animals. Little by little this communism--negative as long as man does not produce--tends to become positive and organic through the development of labor and industry. But it is then that the sovereignty of thought, and the terrible faculty of reasoning logically or illogically, teach man that, if equality is the sine qua non of society, communism is the first species of slavery.


For as soon as the distribution of labour comes into being, each man has a particular exclusive sphere of activity, which is forced upon him and from which he cannot escape. He is a hunter, a fisherman, a shepherd, or a critical critic and must remain so if he does not wish to lose his means of livelihood; while in communist society, where nobody has one exclusive sphere of activity but each can become accomplished in any branch he wishes, society regulates the general production and thus makes it possible for me to do one thing today and another tomorrow, to hunt in the morning, to fish in the afternoon, rear cattle in the evening,criticize after dinner, just as I have in mind, without ever becoming hunter, fisherman, shepherd or critic.

KARL MARX, The German Ideology

Communism is the flower of idleness.

G. TICKNOR, attributed, Day's Collacon

When everything belongs to everyone, nobody will take care of anything.

ANDRE GIDE, attributed, Thoughts for Meaningful Life

Communism is the final logic of the dehumanization of man. The industrial civilization of the Western world has no intent to destroy man's freedom or to deny his personality. But Communism does. Denying God, it reduces man to a robot.

FULTON J. SHEEN, Life Is Worth Living

What is a Communist? One who has yearnings
For equal division of unequal earnings.


Communism is not always equality; but it is more so than property is. In communism inequality springs from placing mediocrity on a level with excellence.

PIERRE-JOSEPH PROUDHON, attributed, Day's Collacon

This was 1990, the year that communism died in Europe and it seemed strange to me that in all the words that were written about the fall of the iron curtain, nobody anywhere lamented that it was the end of a noble experiment. I know that communism never worked and I would have disliked living under it myself but none the less it seems that there was a kind of sadness in the thought that the only economic system that appeared to work was one based on self interest and greed.

BILL BRYSON, Neither Here Nor There

Communism is a form of society where the less people have to eat, the more they have to swallow.

EVAN ESAR, 20,000 Quips & Quotes

In spite of its glowing talk about the welfare of the masses, Communism's methods and philosophy strip man of his dignity and worth, leaving him as little more than a depersonalized cog in the ever-turning wheel of the state.

MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR., Strength to Love

Communism, being the lay form of Catholicism, and indeed meaning the same thing, has never had any lack of chaplains.

GEORGE BERNARD SHAW, The Intelligent Women's Guide to Socialism and Capitalism

A Communist is like a crocodile: when it opens its mouth you cannot tell whether it is trying to smile or preparing to eat you up.

WINSTON CHURCHILL, attributed, Speak Out with Clout

I have one question for those rulers: If communism is the wave of the future, why do you still need walls to keep people in and armies of secret police to keep them quiet?

RONALD REAGAN, speech, Jul. 19, 1983


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