Quotation by Karl Marx

Religion is the sigh of the oppressed creature, the heart of a heartless world, and the soul of soulless conditions. It is the opium of the people.
Karl Marx (1818–1883), German political theorist, social philosopher. A Contribution to the Critique of Hegel's Philosophy of Right, preface (1844).

The formulation has invited many variations, including the observation by Edmund Wilson in Letters on Literature and Politics (1977): "Marxism is the opium of the intellectuals," and, according to psychiatrist Thomas Szasz writing about drugs in The Second Sin (1973): "In the United States today, opiates are the religion of the people."
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