Early issues of the Socialist Standard would be peppered with brief quotes which would serve as inspirational, informative and, most importantly, as space fillers. Here are the quotes from the November 1904 issue of the Socialist Standard:
And we too love peace, but not the peace of slavery. Marat.
They shall build houses and inhabit them; and they shall plant vineyards and eat fruit of them. They shall not build, and another inhabit; they shall not plant, and another eat.
— Isaiah. LXV. 21, 22.
What sort of society is this that has, to the extent that ours has, inequality and injustice for a basis? Such a society is fit only to be kicked out through the windows — its banquet tables, its orgies, its debaucheries, its scoundrelism, together with all those who are seated leaning on both elbows and enjoying it on the backs of others whom they keep down on all fours. The hell of the poor is the paradise the rich love to solace themselves in. Victor Hugo.
The human race is gradually learning the simple lesson, that the people as a whole are wiser for the public good and the public prosperity, than any privileged class of men, however refined and cultivated, have ever been, or, by any possibility, can ever become.
— Lewis H. Morgan. Ancient Society.
The artisan who is demanding at this time an eight hours day in the building trades is simply striving to recover what his ancestor worked by four or five centuries ago.
— Thorold Rogers
Wage-Workers of the World, Unite! You have nothing to lose but your chains — you have the World to win. — Karl Marx
The great appear great to us because we are on our knees: let us rise!
The modern state, whatever its form, is essentially a capitalist machine; it is the state of the capitalist; the ideal total capitalist. — Frederick Engels.
The punishment good citizens get for neglecting their politics is to be governed by bad men. — Plato.
The abolition of poverty and the abolition of capitalism shall be accomplished at one and the same time.
Room! For the men of mind make way!
Ye robber Rulers, pause no longer;
Ye cannot stay the opening day:
The world rolls on, the light grows stronger.
The People’s Advent’s coming!
— Gerald Massey.
Political economists see nothing but the past; hence future generations will represent the civilization of political economists by a head reversed and looking backward. — Fourier.