Deleuze in his book Bergsonism compares a passage of Bergson to Marx saying “Humanity only sets itself problems that it is capable of solving.” But Deleuze gives no cite to Marx. I can see the drift of this saying in Marx, but is there a reasonably close quote somewhere in Marx? Where?

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    This statement is made in the Preface to "A Contribution to the Critique of Political Economy". Dec 3 '17 at 2:10
  • @clearmountainway: I've just looked through the preface but can't see it? Dec 3 '17 at 11:39
  • @clearmountainway: ignore my last comment - I've found it. Dec 3 '17 at 11:50
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    It's in the 8th paragraph:"Mankind thus inevitably sets itself only such tasks as it is able to solve, since closer examination will always show that the problem itself only arises when the material conditions for its solution are already present or at least in course of formation' Dec 3 '17 at 11:55

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