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Marx did not envision a generally satisfied proletariat that found meaning and financial reward in their work.
  a social class comprising those who must work for wages to sustain themselves
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Strongly Associated with:   bourgeois
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Word Mastery:  Karl Marx popularized this term. Prior to that it referred to the lowest class of ancient Rome.
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  • Marx did not envision a generally satisfied proletariat that found meaning and financial reward in their work.
  • Marx expected the proletariat to rise in rebellion.
  • His thesis is that globalization has made capitalists more effective at exploiting the proletariat.
    Alan Reynolds  --  The Top 10 Percent, AgainMarch 10, 2006  --  http://www.cato.org/pub_display.php?pub_id=5955&print=Y(retrieved 06/28/06)
  • Karl Marx first identified the proletariat as the class that would lead a revolution to end the class system.

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  • Or perhaps you have returned to your old idea that the proletarians or the slaves will arise and overthrow us.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • Ostrinski explained the organization of the party, the machinery by which the proletariat was educating itself.
    Upton Sinclair  --  The Jungle
  • The proletarians have nothing to lose but their chains.
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie’s World
  • "You were getting perilously near to the late Roman poor-rates," said I, smiling, "and the doling out of bread to the proletariat."
    William Morris  --  News from Nowhere
  • His origin is even more proletarian than mine.
    Boris Pasternak  --  Doctor Zhivago
  • There was a whole chain of separate departments dealing with proletarian literature, music, drama, and entertainment generally.
    George Orwell  --  1984

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  • And the Ministry had not only to supply the multifarious needs of the party, but also to repeat the whole operation at a lower level for the benefit of the proletariat.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • For us proletarians they are neither good-looking nor comfortable.
    Ji-Li Jiang  --  Red Scarf Girl
  • She seldom mentioned her father, nor did she ever try to explain why she had rejected so completely the German part of her heritage; Sophie only knew that Wanda breathed, drank and dreamed the idea of a free Poland—most radiantly, a liberated Polish proletariat after the war—and such a passion had turned her into one of the most unbudgingly committed members of the Resistance.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • He said it without defiance, bitterness or proletarian arrogance; he said it as if it were a joke on him and—if one looked closely into his smile—on them.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • This will show thee how to unite with thy proletarian brothers.
    Ernest Hemingway  --  For Whom the Bell Tolls
  • Others were condemned to squalid holes in the infamous areas of Gesia, Smocza and Zamenhof Streets, which had been occupied by the Jewish proletariat from time immemorial.
    Wladyslaw Szpilman  --  The Pianist
  • The proletarian peasant woman, who toils by the day, turns round when the diligence passes by, the peasant proprietress, who toils in her field, does not turn round.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • I learned from him that the regimental commander and the commissar were both shot in thirty-seven, no matter whether they were of proletarian or kulak stock, whether they had a conscience or not.
    Alexander Solzhenitsyn  --  One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich
  • The dictatorship of the proletariat or democracy?
    Milan Kundera  --  The Unbearable Lightness of Being
  • I knew that if they had succeeded in getting me fired they would have considered it a triumph of proletarian tactics.
    Richard Wright  --  Black Boy
  • Deception is the natural defence of the weak against the strong, and the South used it for many years against its conquerors; to-day it must be prepared to see its black proletariat turn that same two-edged weapon against itself.
    W. E. B. Du Bois  --  The Souls of Black Folk
  • No one could be more fitly chosen as Patron by a secularising proletariat than that mother of a Saint, who let him see some pretty fishy saints besides, as Suger says, and other great St. Bernards of the sort; for with her it was a case of taking just what you pleased.
    Marcel Proust  --  Swann’s Way
  • But he sat in Zechman’s shop, calm, smoking sponged cigarettes, under the inciting proletarian posters, hearing Latinistic, Germanic, exotic conversation, with large young side of jaw at rest on his collar in the yellow smoke of cold air, mentally blackballing it all.
    Saul Bellow  --  The Adventures of Augie March
  • He hitched out of his chair, made coffee, gave Carol a cup, and talked on, half defiant and half apologetic, half wistful for friendliness and half amused by her surprise at the discovery that there was a proletarian philosophy.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Main Street
  • Soon, leedle proletarians, ve vill have free picnic in the cool shade, ve vill eat hot dogs and trink free beer beneath the villow trees!
    Eugene O’Neill  --  The Iceman Cometh
  • "best people" from the gentlemen’s clubs, and all the frantic fascist captains, united in common hatred of Socialism and bestial horror of the rising tide of the mass revolutionary movement, have turned to acts of provocation, to foul incendiarism, to medieval legends of poisoned wells, to legalize their own destruction of proletarian organizations, and rouse the agitated petty-bourgeoisie to chauvinistic fervor on behalf of the fight against the revolutionary way out of the crisis.
    George Orwell  --  Politics and the English Language
  • You can see that this attitude was dreadfully unfair and proletarian-oriented.
    Roger Zelazny  --  Lord of Light
  • Call the embassy and have them send over the biggest, fanciest diplomatic limousine you proletarians own.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Ultimatum
  • He was speaking to Genet in Tigrinya, but I heard a few English words: "hegemony" and "proletariat."
    Abraham Verghese  --  Cutting for Stone
  • After spending so much time living with the proletariat in the hospital where he worked, he had lost his reason.
    Isabel Allende  --  The House of Spirits
  • In the modern confrontation with bourgeois-capitalist rot, the world’s proletariat embodies the humanity and criteria of the City of God.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • The remnants of the Puritan civilization had been wiped out by the rise of the proletariat under Jackson, and whatever was fine and sensitive in it had died with it.
    Henry L. Mencken  --  The American Language
  • The peasants who settled in the cities as proletariat and petty bourgeois learned to read and write for the sake of efficiency, but they did not win the leisure and comfort necessary for the enjoyment of the city’s traditional culture.
    Clement Greenberg  --  Avant-garde and Kitsch
  • And yet I don’t suppose that ten per cent. of the proletariat live correctly."
    Oscar Wilde  --  The Picture of Dorian Gray
  • I. BOURGEOIS AND PROLETARIANS The history of all hitherto existing societies is the history of class struggles.
    Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels  --  The Communist Manifesto
  • 140 MOTHER-JACQUES: Proletarians!
    Eugene Ionesco  --  The Future Is in Eggs
  • Colia unfolded the paper, and began to read, in his clear, high-pitched voice, the following article: "Proletarians and scions of nobility!
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Idiot
  • She must have slipped into some shop in the proletarian quarters and bought herself a complete set of make-up materials.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • Or they would disappear, alter themselves out of recognition, learn to speak with proletarian accents, get jobs in a factory and live out their lives undetected in a back-street.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • Proletarians, in practice, are not allowed to graduate into the Party.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • From the proletarians nothing is to be feared.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • The proletarians will never revolt, not in a thousand years or a million.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • There she had remained for a year, helping to produce booklets in sealed packets with titles like Spanking Stories or One Night in a Girls’ School, to be bought furtively by proletarian youths who were under the impression that they were buying something illegal.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • The secret accumulation of knowledge — a gradual spread of enlightenment — ultimately a proletarian rebellion — the overthrow of the Party.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • The subsidiary reason is that the Party member, like the proletarian, tolerates present-day conditions partly because he has no standards of comparison.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • It does not aim at transmitting power to its own children, as such; and if there were no other way of keeping the ablest people at the top, it would be perfectly prepared to recruit an entire new generation from the ranks of the proletariat.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • The seeds of the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution had been planted many years before it burst forth in 1966.
    Ji-Li Jiang  --  Red Scarf Girl
  • Society as a whole is more and more splitting up into two great hostile camps, into two great classes, directly facing each other: Bourgeoisie and Proletariat.
    Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels  --  The Communist Manifesto
  • We should change it to the Proletarian Photo Studio.
    Ji-Li Jiang  --  Red Scarf Girl
  • Today, we proletarian revolutionary young guards have come to revolt against you bourgeoisie.
    Ji-Li Jiang  --  Red Scarf Girl
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