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

MIKHAIL BAKUNIN, God and the State

Anarchism is "stateless socialism."

MIKHAIL BAKUNIN, "Stateless Socialism: Anarchism", The Political Philosophy of Bakunin

In the matter of boots, I defer to the authority of the bootmaker.

MIKHAIL BAKUNIN, God and the State

Oh, the air is sultry and pregnant with lightning.
And therefore we call to our deluded brothers: Repent, repent, the Kingdom of the Lord is at hand!

MIKHAIL BAKUNIN, "The Reaction in Germany"

The inconceivable had become the usual, the impossible possible, and the possible and the usual unthinkable.

MIKHAIL BAKUNIN, The Confession of Mikhail Bakunin

The freedom of all is essential to my freedom.

MIKHAIL BAKUNIN, Man, Society and Freedom

It was impossible for the human mind to suspect that it was itself the sole creator of the divine world. It found the divine world before it; it found it as history, as tradition, as a sentiment, as a habit of thought; and it necessarily made it the object of its loftiest speculations. Thus was born metaphysics, and thus were developed and perfected the divine ideas, the basis of Spiritualism.

MIKHAIL BAKUNIN, God and the State

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

MIKHAIL BAKUNIN, Man, Society and Freedom

It appears as if you were not satisfied in recording our Atheism. You jump to the conclusion that we can have neither love nor respect for mankind, inferring that all those great ideas or emotions which, in all ages, have set hearts throbbing are dead letters to us. Trailing at hazard our miserable existences -- crawling, rather than walking, as you wish to imagine us -- you assume that we cannot know of other feelings than the satisfaction of our coarse and sensual desires. Do you want to know to what an extent we love the beautiful things that you revere? Know then that we love them so much that we are both angry and tired at seeing them hanging, out of reach, from your idealistic sky.

MIKHAIL BAKUNIN, The Policy of the International: to which is added an essay on "The Two Camps"

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

MIKHAIL BAKUNIN, attributed, The Explorers

A person is strong only when he stands upon his own truth, when he speaks and acts from his deepest convictions. Then, whatever the situation he may be in, he always knows what he must say and do. He may fall, but he cannot bring shame upon himself or his cause.

MIKHAIL BAKUNIN, God and the State

Either this organisation of injustice with its entire machine of oppressive laws and privileged institutions, must disappear, or else the proletariat is condemned to eternal slavery. This is the quintessence of the Socialist idea, whose germs can be found in the instinct of every serious thinking worker.

MIKHAIL BAKUNIN, The Policy of the International: to which is added an essay on "The Two Camps"

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

MIKHAIL BAKUNIN, Statism and Anarchy

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!

MIKHAIL BAKUNIN, "The Reaction in Germany"

I am a fanatic lover of liberty, considering it as the unique condition under which intelligence, dignity and human happiness can develop and grow; not the purely formal liberty conceded, measured out and regulated by the State, an eternal lie which in reality represents nothing more than the privilege of some founded on the slavery of the rest; not the individualistic, egoistic, shabby, and fictitious liberty extolled by the School of J. J. Rousseau and other schools of bourgeois liberalism, which considers the would-be rights of all men, represented by the State which limits the rights of each -- an idea that leads inevitably to the reduction of the rights of each to zero. No, I mean the only kind of liberty that is worthy of the name, liberty that consists in the full development of all the material, intellectual and moral powers that are latent in each person; liberty that recognizes no restrictions other than those determined by the laws of our own individual nature, which cannot properly be regarded as restrictions since these laws are not imposed by any outside legislator beside or above us, but are immanent and inherent, forming the very basis of our material, intellectual and moral being -- they do not limit us but are the real and immediate conditions of our freedom.

MIKHAIL BAKUNIN, "La Commune de Paris et la notion de l'etat"


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