Herbert Marcuse Quotes.

1. "Free election of masters does not abolish the masters or the slaves."
- Quote by Herbert Marcuse

2. "The so-called consumer society and the politics of corporate capitalism have created a second nature of man which ties him libidinally and aggressively to the commodity form. The need for possessing, consuming, handling and constantly renewing the gadgets, devices, instruments, engines, offered to and imposed upon the people, for using these wares even at the danger of one’s own destruction, has become a biological need."
- Quote by Herbert Marcuse

3. "The truth of art lies in its power to break the monopoly of established reality to define what is real."
- Quote by Herbert Marcuse

4. "The means of communication, the irresistible output of the entertainment and information industry carry with them prescribed attitudes and habits, certain intellectual and emotional reactions which bind the consumers to the producers and, through the latter to the whole social system. The products indoctrinate and manipulate; they promote a false consciousness which is immune against its falsehood...Thus emerges a pattern of one-dimensional thought and behavior."
- Quote by Herbert Marcuse

5. "Not every problem someone has with his girlfriend is necessarily due to the capitalist mode of production."
- Quote by Herbert Marcuse

6. "Art breaks open a dimension inaccessible to other experience, a dimension in which human beings, nature, and things no longer stand under the law of the established reality principle...The encounter with the truth of art happens in the estranging language and images which make perceptible, visible, and audible that which is no longer, or not yet, perceived, said, and heard in everyday life."
- Quote by Herbert Marcuse

7. "Obscenity is a moral concept in the verbal arsenal of the establishment, which abuses the term by applying it, not to expressions of its own morality but to those of another."
- Quote by Herbert Marcuse

8. "The intellectual is called on the carpet... Don't you conceal something? You talk a language which is suspect. You don't talk like the rest of us, like the man in the street, but rather like a foreigner who does not belong here. We have to cut you down to size, expose your tricks, purge you."
- Quote by Herbert Marcuse

9. "The strains and stresses suffered by the individual in society are grounded in the normal functioning of that society (and of the individual!) rather than in its disturbances and diseases."
- Quote by Herbert Marcuse

10. "Those who devote their lives to earning a living are incapable of living a human existence."
- Quote by Herbert Marcuse

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