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Rosa Luxemburg
Born 5 March 1871
Zamość, Congress Poland, Russian Empire
Died 15 January 1919(1919-01-15) (aged 47)
Berlin, Germany
Citizenship German
Alma mater University of Zurich (Dr. jur., 1897)
Occupation Philosopher
Economist
Revolutionary
Known for Luxemburgism
Political party

(First) Proletariat Party
(1882–1886)
Social Democracy of the Kingdom of Poland and Lithuania
(1893–1918)
Social Democratic Party of Germany
(1898–1915)
Independent Social Democratic Party
(1917–1918)
Spartacus League
(1915–1918)
Communist Party of Germany
(1919)

Spouse(s) Gustav Lübeck
Partner(s) Leo Jogiches
Relatives Eliasz Luxemburg (father)
Line Löwenstein (mother)

The masses are the decisive element, they are the rock on which the final victory of the revolution will be built.
Rosa Luxemburg
Only through the conscious action of the working masses in city and country can it be brought to life, only through the people's highest intellectual maturity and inexhaustible idealism can it be brought safely through all storms and find its way to port.
Rosa Luxemburg
Freedom is always and exclusively freedom for the one who thinks differently.
Rosa Luxemburg
The more that social democracy develops, grows, and becomes stronger, the more the enlightened masses of workers will take their own destinies, the leadership of their movement, and the determination of its direction into their own hands.
Rosa Luxemburg
The masses are in reality their own leaders, dialectically creating their own development process.
Rosa Luxemburg
Freedom is always the freedom of dissenters.
History is the only true teacher, the revolution the best school for the proletariat.
Rosa Luxemburg
The working classes in every country only learn to fight in the course of their struggles.
Rosa Luxemburg
Social democracy… is only the advance guard of the proletariat, a small piece of the total working masses; blood from their blood, and flesh from their flesh.
Rosa Luxemburg
Those who do not move, do not notice their chains.
Freedom only for the members of the government, only for the members of the Party – though they are quite numerous – is no freedom at all.
Rosa Luxemburg
Bourgeois class domination is undoubtedly an historical necessity, but, so too, the rising of the working class against it. Capital is an historical necessity, but, so too, its grave digger, the socialist proletariat.
Rosa Luxemburg
Marxism is a revolutionary worldview that must always struggle for new revelations.
Rosa Luxemburg
Social democracy seeks and finds the ways, and particular slogans, of the workers' struggle only in the course of the development of this struggle, and gains directions for the way forward through this struggle alone.
Rosa Luxemburg