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Mikhail Bakunin Quotes


A well-known Russian revolutionary and theorist of collectivist anarchism.
(1814 - 1876)

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A Boss in Heaven is the best excuse for a boss on earth, therefore If God did exist, he would have to be abolished.
[Boss]
 

A jealous lover of human liberty, deeming it the absolute condition of all that we admire and respect in humanity, I reverse the phrase of Voltaire, and say that, if God really existed, it would be necessary to abolish him.
 

Anyone who makes plans for after the revolution is a reactionary.
 

But I recognize no infallible authority, even in special questions; consequently, whatever respect I may have for the honesty and the sincerity of such or such an individual, I have no absolute faith in any person.
 

By striving to do the impossible, man has always achieved what is possible. Those who have cautiously done no more than they believed possible have never taken a single step forward.
 

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.
 

Even the most wretched individual of our present society could not exist and develop without the cumulative social efforts of countless generations.
 

Everything will pass, and the world will perish but the Ninth Symphony will remain.
 

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.
 

From each according to his faculties; to each according to his needs.
 

From the naturalistic point of view, all men are equal. There are only two exceptions to this rule of naturalistic equality: geniuses and idiots.
 

He who desires to worship God must harbor no childish illusions about the matter but bravely renounce his liberty and humanity.
 

I am conscious of my inability to grasp, in all its details and positive developments, any very large portion of human knowledge.
 

I am sure that, on the one hand, the Rothschilds appreciate the merits of Marx, and that on the other hand, Marx feels an instinctive inclination and a great respect for the Rothschilds.
 

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 bow before the authority of special men because it is imposed upon me by my own reason.
 

I listen to them freely and with all the respect merited by their intelligence, their character, their knowledge, reserving always my incontestable right of criticism and censure.
 

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

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

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.
 


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