As for politics, I’m an anarchist. I hate governments and rules and fetters. Can’t stand caged animals. People must be free.— Charlie Chaplin
Most Powerful Anarchists quotations
The law has no claim to human respect.
It has no civilizing mission; its only purpose is to protect exploitation.
The artist, and particularly the poet, is always an anarchist in the best sense of the word. He must heed only the call that arises within him from three strong voices: the voice of death, with all its foreboding, the voice of love and the voice of art.
Democracy has nothing to do with freedom.
Democracy is a soft variant of communism, and rarely in the history of ideas has it been taken for anything else.
The assumption that what currently exists must necessarily exist is the acid that corrodes all visionary thinking.
Voting is not an act of political freedom.
It is an act of political conformity. Those who refuse to vote are not expressing silence. They are screaming in the politician's ear: 'You do not represent me. This is not a process in which my voice matters. I do not believe you.'
No animal has more liberty than the cat, but it buries the mess it makes.
The cat is the best anarchist.
Anarchism is not a romantic fable but the hardheaded realization, based on five thousand years of experience, that we cannot entrust the management of our lives to kings, priests, politicians, generals, and county commissioners.
We are at heart so profoundly anarchistic that the only form of state we can imagine living in is Utopian; and so cynical that the only Utopia we can believe in is authoritarian.
The plundering of the human spirit by the market place is paralleled by the plundering of the earth by capital.
We anarchists do not want to emancipate the people; we want the people to emancipate themselves.
I am an Anarchist not because I believe Anarchism is the final goal, but because there is no such thing as a final goal.
The hope of internet anarchists was that repressive governments would have only two options: accept the internet with its limitless possibilities of spreading information, or restrict internet access to the ruling elite and turn your back on the 21st century, as North Korea has done.
My politics were pretty anarchistic until 1969 when the Montreal police went on strike. Within hours, mayhem and rioting broke out and the Mounties had to be called in to restore order. It instilled in me that one's convictions can be subjected to empirical test.
When the people are being beaten with a stick, they are not much happier if it is called "the People's Stick."
I am an anarchist! Wherefore I will not rule and also ruled I will not be.
That's libertarians for you - anarchists who want police protection from their slaves.
The love of liberty and the sense of human dignity are the basic elements of the Anarchist creed.
Anarchists prepare for social revolution and use every means - speech, writing, or deed, whichever is more to the point; to accelerate revolutionary development.
An anarchist society, far from being a remote ideal, has become a precondition for the practice of ecological principles.
I think any good actor is an anarchist. They have to be.
A consistent peace activist must be an anarchist.
I die, as I have lived, a free spirit, an Anarchist, owing no allegiance to rulers, heavenly or earthly.
Anarchists know that a long period of education must precede any great fundamental change in society, hence they do not believe in vote begging, nor political campaigns, but rather in the development of self-thinking individuals.
And by anarchist spirit I mean that deeply human sentiment, which aims at the good of all, freedom and justice for all, solidarity and love among the people; which is not an exclusive characteristic only of self-declared anarchists, but inspires all people who have a generous heart and an open mind.
Anarchy: It is NOT bombs, disorder or chaos.
It is NOT robbery and murder. It is NOT a war of each against all. It is NOT a return to barbarism or to the wild state of man. Anarchism is the very opposite of all that.
In debates between anarchists and statists, the burden of proof clearly should rest on those who place their trust in the state. Anarchy's mayhem is wholly conjectural; the state's mayhem is undeniably, factually horrendous.
Every anarchist is a baffled dictator.
If anarchists are idealists, they may simply be likened to someone who finds himself swimming in a cesspool and, rather than paddling about looking for the area with the least amount of floating faeces, seeks to climb out of the pool completely.
The writer is a spiritual anarchist, as in the depth of his soul every man is.
He is discontented with everything and everybody. The writer is everybody's best friend and only true enemy-the good and great enemy. He neither walks with the multitude nor cheers with them. The writer who is a writer is a rebel who never stops
For the anarchist, freedom is not an abstract philosophical concept, but the vital concrete possibility of every human being to bring to full development all the powers, capacities and talents with which nature has endowed them, and turn them to social account.
Jesus was an anarchist savior. That's what the Gospels tell us.
I define anarchist society as one where there is no legal possibility for coercive aggression against the person or property of any individual.