Children do not constitute anyone's property: they are neither the property of their parents nor even of society. They belong only to their own future freedom.

— Mikhail Bakunin

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Freedom, morality, and the human dignity of the individual consists precisely in this; that he does good not because he is forced to do so, but because he freely conceives it, wants it, and loves it.


I am not myself free or human until or unless I recognize the freedom and humanity of all my fellowmen... I am truly free only when all human beings, men and women, are equally free. The freedom of other men, far from negating or limiting my freedom, is, on the contrary, its necessary premise and confirmation.


I am truly free only when all human beings, men and women, are equally free.

The freedom of other men, far from negating or limiting my freedom, is, on the contrary, its necessary premise and confirmation.


People go to church for the same reasons they go to a tavern: to stupefy themselves, to forget their misery, to imagine themselves, for a few minutes anyway, free and happy.


In antiquity slaves were, in all honesty called slaves.

In the middle ages, they took the name of serfs. Nowadays they are called wage earners.


From the naturalistic point of view, all men are equal.

There are only two exceptions to this rule of naturalistic equality: geniuses and idiots.


Destroy or be destroyed-there is no middle way! Let us then be the destroyers!


To revolt is a natural tendency of life.

Even a worm turns against the foot that crushes it. In general, the vitality and relative dignity of an animal can be measured by the intensity of its instinct to revolt.


In every State, the government is nothing but a permanent conspiracy on the part of the minority against the majority, which it enslaves and fleeces.


All religions, with their gods, their demigods, and their prophets, their messiahs and their saints, were created by the credulous fancy of men who had not attained the full development and full possession of their faculties.


If God really existed, it would be necessary to abolish Him.


When the people are being beaten with a stick, they are not much happier if it is called "the People's Stick."


About Mikhail Bakunin

Quotes 85 sayings
Nationality Russian
Profession Revolutionary
Birthday October 16

The idea of God implies the abdication of human reason and justice;

it is the most decisive negation of human liberty and necessarily ends in the enslavement of mankind both in theory and practice.


Mr. Marx does not believe in God, but he believes deeply in himself. His heart is filled not with love but with rancor. He has very little benevolence toward men and becomes... furious and... spiteful... when anyone dares question the omniscience of the divinity whom he adores, that is to say, Mr. Marx himself.


No theory, no ready-made system, no book that has ever been written will save the world. I cleave to no system. I am a true seeker.


As long as we have a master in heaven, we will be slaves on earth.


The right to unite freely and to separate freely is the first and most important of all political rights.


The first revolt is against the supreme tyranny of theology, of the phantom of God. As long as we have a master in heaven, we will be slaves on earth.


If you took the most ardent revolutionary, vested him in absolute power, within a year he would be worse than the Tsar himself.


Look at Christ, my dear friend: His life was divine through and through, full of self-denial, and He did everything for mankind, finding His satisfaction and His delight in the dissolution of His material being.


Real humanity presents a mixture of all that is most sublime and beautiful with all that is vilest and most monstrous in the world.


There are but three ways for the populace to escape its wretched lot.

The first two are by the routes of the wine-shop or the church; the third is by that of the social revolution.


The peoples' revolution... will arrange its revolutionary organisation from the bottom up and from the periphery to the centre, in keeping with the principle of liberty.


Bourgeois patriotism, as I view it, is only a very shabby, very narrow, very mercenary, and deeply antihuman passion, having for its object the preservation and maintenance of the power of the national state-that is, the mainstay of all the priveleges of the exploiters throughout the nation.


Human nature is so constituted that the propensity for evil is always intensified by external circumstances, and the morality of the individual depends much more on the conditions of his existence and the environment in which he lives than on his own will.


The truth is that the whole life of the worker is simply a continuous and dismaying succession of terms of serfdom - voluntary from the juridical point of view but compulsory in the economic sense - broken up by momentarily brief interludes of freedom accompanied by starvation; in other words, it is real slavery.


But here steps in Satan, the eternal rebel, the first freethinker and the emancipator of worlds. He makes man ashamed of his bestial ignorance and obedience; he emancipates him, stamps upon his brow the seal of liberty and humanity, in urging him to disobey and eat of the fruit of knowledge.


It is the characteristic of privilege and of every privileged position to kill the mind and heart of men. The privileged man, whether practically or economically, is a man depraved in mind and heart.


Anarchism is "stateless socialism."


That in order to achieve the triumph of liberty, justice and peace in the international relations of Europe, and to render civil war impossible among the various peoples which make up the European family, only a single course lies open: to constitute the United States of Europe


If there is a State, then there is domination, and in turn, there is slavery.


Does it follow that I reject all authority? Perish the thought.

In the matter of boots, I defer to the authority of the boot-maker.


We must overthrow the material and moral conditions of our present-day life.

. . . We must first purify our atmosphere and completely transform the milieu in which we live; for it corrupts our instinct and our will, and constricts our heart and our intelligence


Idealism is the despot of thought, just as politics is the despot of will.


Christianity is the complete negation of common sense and sound reason.


The state is a force incarnate. Worse, it is the silly parading of force. It never seeks to prevail by persuasion. Whenever it thrusts its finger into anything it does so in the most unfriendly way. Its essence is command and compulsion.


The star of revolution will rise high above the streets of Moscow, from a sea of blood and fire, and turn into a lodestar to lead a liberated humanity

3 exploiting sect, one people of leeches, one single devouring parasite closely and intimately bound together not only across national boundaries, but also across all divergences of political opinion ... [Jews have] that mercantile passion which constitutes one of the principle traits of their national character


We are convinced that liberty without socialism is privilege, injustice;

and that socialism without liberty is slavery and brutality.


Where the state begins, individual liberty ceases, and vice versa.


Throw a theory into the fire; it only spoils life.


Does man's freedom consist in revolting against all laws? We say no, in so far as laws are natural, economic, and social laws, not authoritatively imposed but inherent in things, in relations, in situations, the natural development of which is expressed by those laws. We say YES if they are political and juridical laws, imposed upon men by men.


By striving to do the impossible, man has always achieved what is possible.


For ten centuries Christianity, armed with the omnipotence of the Church and State and opposed by no competition, was able to deprave, debase, and falsify the mind of Europe. It had no competitors, because outside the Church there was neither thinkers nor educated persons. It alone taught, it alone spoke and wrote, it alone taught.


The passion for destruction is also a creative passion.


Liberty means that a man is recognized as free and treated as free by those who surround him.


It clearly follows that to make men moral it is necessary to make their social environment moral. And that can be done in only one way; by assuring the triumph of justice, that is, the complete liberty of everyone in the most perfect equality for all. Inequality of conditions and rights, and the resulting lack of liberty for all, is the great collective iniquity begetting all individual iniquities.


We exhort the compromisers to open their hearts to truth, to free themselves of their wretched and blind circumspection, of their intellectual arrogance, and of the servile fear which dries up their souls and paralyzes their movements. Let us therefore trust the eternal Spirit which destroys and annihilates only because it is the unfathomable and eternal source of all life. The passion for destruction is a creative passion, too!


Liberty is so great a magician, endowed with so marvelous a power of productivity, that under the inspiration of this spirit alone, North America was able within less than a century to equal, and even surpass, the civilization of Europe.