Paul Lafargue

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Paul Lafargue (January 15, 1842November 26, 1911) was a French revolutionary Marxist socialist journalist, literary critic, political writer and activist; he was Karl Marx's son-in-law, having married his second daughter Laura.


  • When, in our civilized Europe, we would find a trace of the native beauty of man, we must go seek it in the nations where economic prejudices have not yet uprooted the hatred of work. … The Greeks in their era of greatness had only contempt for work: their slaves alone were permitted to labor: the free man knew only exercises for the body and mind. … The philosophers of antiquity taught contempt for work, that degradation of the free man, the poets sang of idleness, that gift from the Gods.
    • The Right to Be Lazy (1883), H. Kerr, trans. (1907), pp. 11-12
  • Jehovah … have his worshippers the supreme example of ideal laziness; after six days of work, he rests for all eternity.
    • The Right to Be Lazy (1883), H. Kerr, trans. (1907), pp. 12-13

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