Karl Marx: His Life and Thought by David McClellan

An excerpt from the book "Karl Marx: His Life and Thought" by David McClellan which gives the reader insight into the personl life of Marx.

KARL MARX: HIS LIFE AND THOUGHT. BY DAVID McLellan, New York: Harper & Row, 1974.

About the book: Half the world's population lives under political systems that claim their inspiration from Karl Marx. For someone so influential, it is surprising that so little has been known of his private life and that his ideas were so misunderstood. McLellan's balanced and comprehensive biography presents for the 1st time a full picture of Marx.

From the book: Here is Karl Marx's own account of himself as he gave it playing the Victorian parlor game of "Confessions."

Marx's Confession

Your favorite virtue

Simplicity

Your favorite virtue in man

Strength

Your favorite virtue in woman

Weakness

Your chief characteristic

Singleness of purpose

Your idea of happiness

To fight

Your idea of misery

Submission

The vice you excuse most

Gullibility

The vice you detest most

Servility

Your aversion

Martin Tupper (Victorian popular writer)

Favorite occupation

Bookworming

Favorite poet

Shakespeare, Aeschylus, Goethe

Favorite prose-writer

Diderot

Favorite hero

Spartacus, Kepler

Favorite heroine

Gretchen

Favorite flower

Daphne

Favorite color

Red

Favorite name

Laura, Jenny

Favorite dish

Fish

Favorite maxim

Nihil humani a me alienum puto ("I consider that nothing human is alien to me.")

Favorite motto

De omnibus dubitandum ("You must have doubts about everything.")

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