Mikhail Bakunin quotes

  • 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.
    -- Mikhail Bakunin

    #Liberty #Doe #Want

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

    #Equality #Men #Views

  • Political Freedom without economic equality is a pretense, a fraud, a lie; and the workers want no lying.
    -- Mikhail Bakunin

    #Lying #Equality #Hype

  • 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

    #Children #Parent #Society

  • The freedom of all is essential to my freedom.
    -- Mikhail Bakunin

    #Essentials

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

    #School #People #Sticks

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

    #Boss #Heaven #Earth

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

    #Nihilism #Way #Middle

  • 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.
    -- Mikhail Bakunin

    #Men #Diversity #Culture

  • They maintain that only a dictatorship - their dictatorship, of course - can create the will of the people, while our answer to this is: No dictatorship can have any other aim but that of self-perpetuation, and it can beget only slavery in the people tolerating it; freedom can be created only by freedom, that is, by a universal rebellion on the part of the people and free organization of the toiling masses from the bottom up.
    -- Mikhail Bakunin

    #Self #Organization #People

  • 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.
    -- Mikhail Bakunin

    #Government #Liberty #Minorities

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

    #God #Long #Heaven

  • 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.
    -- Mikhail Bakunin

    #People #Religion #Atheism

  • 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.
    -- Mikhail Bakunin

    #Men #Religion #Atheism

  • 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.
    -- Mikhail Bakunin

    #Book #Humanity #World

  • 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.
    -- Mikhail Bakunin

    #Self #Looks #Denial

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

    #Years #Would Be #Revolutionary

  • Do you want to make it impossible for anyone to oppress his fellow-man? Then make sure that no one shall possess power.
    -- Mikhail Bakunin

    #Men #Want #Fellow Man

  • A person is strong only when he stands upon his own truth, when he speaks and acts with 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. If we seek the liberation of the people by means of a lie, we will surely grow confused, go astray, and loose sight of our objective, and if we have any influence at all on the people we will lead them astray as well—in other words, we will be acting in the spirit of reaction and to its benefit.
    -- Mikhail Bakunin

    #Strong #Confused #Lying

  • 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.
    -- Mikhail Bakunin

    #God #Jealous #Humanity

  • 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.
    -- Mikhail Bakunin

    #Long #Heaven #Atheism

  • If God really existed, it would be necessary to abolish Him.
    -- Mikhail Bakunin

    #Atheist #Atheism #Nihilism

  • If there is a State, there must be domination of one class by another and, as a result, slavery; the State without slavery is unthinkable - and this is why we are the enemies of the State.
    -- Mikhail Bakunin

    #Class #Enemy #Slavery

  • 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.
    -- Mikhail Bakunin

    #Practice #Ideas #Justice

  • The urge for destruction is also a creative urge!
    -- Mikhail Bakunin

    #Creative #Destruction

  • 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.
    -- Mikhail Bakunin

    #Taken #Men #Humanity

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

    #Beautiful #Real #Humanity

  • 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.
    -- Mikhail Bakunin

    #Real #Views #Broken

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

    #Effort #Generations #Individual

  • 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.
    -- Mikhail Bakunin

    #Atheism #Boots #Matter

  • If there is a State, then there is domination, and in turn, there is slavery.
    -- Mikhail Bakunin

    #Slavery #States #Domination

  • 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.
    -- Mikhail Bakunin

    #Crush #Animal #Feet

  • If God is, man is a slave; now, man can and must be free; then, God does not exist. I defy anyone whomsoever to avoid this circle; now, therefore, let all choose.
    -- Mikhail Bakunin

    #God #Men #Circles

  • We must spread our principles, not with words but with deeds, for this is the most popular, the most potent, and the most irresistible form of propaganda.
    -- Mikhail Bakunin

    #Deeds #Principles #Propaganda

  • 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.
    -- Mikhail Bakunin

    #Heart #Men #Mind

  • 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.
    -- Mikhail Bakunin

    #Christian #Religious #Believe

  • ...one 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
    -- Mikhail Bakunin

    #Character #Passion #People

  • This contradiction lies here: they wish God, and they wish humanity. They persist in connecting two terms which, once separated, can come together again only to destroy each other.
    -- Mikhail Bakunin

    #Lying #Two #Humanity

  • 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!
    -- Mikhail Bakunin

    #Heart #Passion #Creative

  • Anarchism is "stateless socialism.
    -- Mikhail Bakunin

    #Anarchy #Socialism #Anarchism

  • A person is strong only when he stands upon his own truth, when he speaks and acts from his deepest convictions.
    -- Mikhail Bakunin

    #Strength #Strong #Speak

  • Throw a theory into the fire; it only spoils life.
    -- Mikhail Bakunin

    #Fire #Burning #Theory

  • Where the state begins, individual liberty ceases, and vice versa.
    -- Mikhail Bakunin

    #Individuality #Liberty #Vices

  • 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.
    -- Mikhail Bakunin

    #Hands #Appreciate #Merit

  • Theology created the fiction of Satan which represents the revolt if an infinite being against the existence of an absolute infinity, against God.
    -- Mikhail Bakunin

    #Devil #Fiction #Infinity

  • 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.
    -- Mikhail Bakunin

    #Liberty #Revolution #Principles

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

    #Rights #Political #Important

  • The organization of society is always and everywhere the unique cause of the crimes committed by individuals.
    -- Mikhail Bakunin

    #Unique #Organization #Causes

  • 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
    -- Mikhail Bakunin

    #Country #War #Lying

  • 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.
    -- Mikhail Bakunin

    #Inspiration #Europe #Civilization

  • Powerful states can maintain themselves only by crime, little states are virtuous only by weakness.
    -- Mikhail Bakunin

    #Powerful #Littles #Weakness

  • We wish, in a word, equality - equality in fact as a corollary, or rather, as primordial condition of liberty. From each according to his faculties, to each according to his needs; that is what we wish sincerely and energetically.
    -- Mikhail Bakunin

    #Liberty #Wish #Needs

  • Everything will pass, and the world will perish but the Ninth Symphony will remain.
    -- Mikhail Bakunin

    #Symphony #Musical #World

  • I simply love white people. We're the awesomest. Especially Slavic people who I am especially fond of. And Capitalism is way too Jewish for me, sorry.
    -- Mikhail Bakunin

    #Sorry #White #Who I Am

  • A divine falsehood is more powerful than any human truth.
    -- Mikhail Bakunin

    #Powerful #Divine #Humans

  • 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.
    -- Mikhail Bakunin

    #Honesty #Names #Age

  • I myself am human and free only to the extent that I acknowledge the humanity and liberty of all my fellows... I am properly free when all the men and women about me are equally free. Far from being a limitation or a denial of my liberty, the liberty of another is its necessary condition and confirmation.
    -- Mikhail Bakunin

    #Men #Humanity #Liberty

  • I feel myself always the patriot of all oppressed fatherlands. Nationality is a historic, local fact which, like all real and harmless facts, has the right to claim general acceptance. Every people, like every person, is involuntarily that which it is and therefore has a right to be itself. Nationality is not a principle; it is a legitimate fact, just as individuality is. Every nationality, great or small, has the incontestable right to be itself, to live according to its own nature. This right is simply the corollary of the general principal of freedom.
    -- Mikhail Bakunin

    #Real #Acceptance #People

  • God, or rather the fiction of God, is thus the sanction and the intellectual and moral cause of all the slavery on earth, and the liberty of men will not be complete, unless it will have completely annihilated the inauspicious fiction of a heavenly master.
    -- Mikhail Bakunin

    #Men #Intellectual #Atheism

  • Priests, kings, statesmen, soldiers, bankers and public functionaries of all sorts; policemen, jailers and hangmen; capitalists, usurers, businessmen and property-owners; lawyers, economists and politicians - all of them, down to the meanest grocer, repeat in chorus the words of Voltaire, that if there were no God it would be necessary to invent Him.
    -- Mikhail Bakunin

    #Kings #Soldier #Atheism

  • 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.
    -- Mikhail Bakunin

    #Silly #Essence #Liberty

  • Everything that lives, does so under the categorical condition of decisively interfering in the life of someone else...
    -- Mikhail Bakunin

    #Doe #Interfere

  • Collective property and individual property, these two banners will be the standards under which, from now on, the great battles of the future will be fought.
    -- Mikhail Bakunin

    #Two #Battle #Politics

  • To my utter despair I have discovered, and discover every day anew, that there is in the masses no revolutionary idea or hope or passion.
    -- Mikhail Bakunin

    #Passion #Ideas #Despair

  • By striving to do the impossible, man has always achieved what is possible.
    -- Mikhail Bakunin

    #Men #Impossible #Strive

  • Idealism is the despot of thought, just as politics is the despot of will.
    -- Mikhail Bakunin

    #Tyrants #Idealism

  • The liberty of man consists solely in this, that he obeys the laws of nature because he has himself recognized them as such, and not because they have been imposed upon him externally by any foreign will whatsoever, human or divine, collective or individual.
    -- Mikhail Bakunin

    #Men #Law #Liberty

  • Christianity is the complete negation of common sense and sound reason.
    -- Mikhail Bakunin

    #Common Sense #Sound #Christianity

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

    #Development #Inability #Details

  • [Jehovah is] certainly the most jealous, the most vain, the most ferocious, the most unjust, the most bloodthirsty, the most despotic, and the most hostile to human dignity and liberty.
    -- Mikhail Bakunin

    #Jealous #Religion #Liberty

  • I bow before the authority of special men because it is imposed upon me by my own reason.
    -- Mikhail Bakunin

    #Men #Special #Bows

  • The privilege of ruling would be in the hands of the skilled and the learned, with a wide scope left for profitable crooked deals carried on by the Jews, who would be attracted by the enormous extension of the international speculations of the national banks.
    -- Mikhail Bakunin

    #Hands #Would Be #Privilege

  • 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.
    -- Mikhail Bakunin

    #Men #Rights #Perfect

  • If there be a human being who is freer than I, then I shall necessarily become his slave. If I am freer than any other, then he will become my slave. Therefore equality is an absolutely necessary condition of freedom.
    -- Mikhail Bakunin

    #Justice #Social Justice #Slave

  • 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.
    -- Mikhail Bakunin

    #Evil #Morality #Human Nature

  • The communism of Marx seeks a strong state centralization, and where this exists, there the parasitic Jewish nation - which speculates upon the labor of people - will always find the means for its existence.
    -- Mikhail Bakunin

    #Strong #Mean #People

  • But here steps in Satan, the eternal rebel, the first freethinker and the emancipator of worlds. He makes man ashamed of his ***** 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.
    -- Mikhail Bakunin

    #Atheist #Ignorance #Men

  • We are convinced that liberty without socialism is privilege, injustice; and that socialism without liberty is slavery and brutality.
    -- Mikhail Bakunin

    #Liberty #Slavery #Privilege

  • 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.
    -- Mikhail Bakunin

    #Honesty #Special #May

  • 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.
    -- Mikhail Bakunin

    #War #Passion #Views

  • 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.
    -- Mikhail Bakunin

    #Wine #Two #Church

  • 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
    -- Mikhail Bakunin

    #Heart #Atmosphere #Nihilism

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

    #Humanity #Liberty #Desire

  • Those mutually opposed manifestos are written with the same eloquence, they breathe the same virtuous indignation, and one is just as sincere as the other; that is to say both of them are equally brazen in their lies, and it is only fools who are deceived by them. Sensible persons, all those who have had some political experience, do not even take the trouble of reading such manifestos.
    -- Mikhail Bakunin

    #Lying #Reading #Political

  • Man is only truly free only among equally free men.
    -- Mikhail Bakunin

    #Men

  • Anyone who makes plans for after the revolution is a reactionary.
    -- Mikhail Bakunin

    #Revolution #Plans

  • We are materialists and atheists, and we glory in the fact....
    -- Mikhail Bakunin

    #Atheist #Facts #Glory

  • Religion is a collective insanity.
    -- Mikhail Bakunin

    #Insanity #Collectives

  • Theology is the science of the divine lie.
    -- Mikhail Bakunin

    #Lying #Divine #Theology

  • 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.
    -- Mikhail Bakunin

    #Europe #Omnipotence #Competition

  • The privileged man, whether he be privileged politically or economically, is a man depraved in intellect and heart.
    -- Mikhail Bakunin

    #Heart #Men #Intellect

  • What is freedom? What is slavery? 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 by men upon men: whether violently by the right of force; whether by deceit and hypocrisy - in the name of religion or any doctrine whatever; or finally, by dint of the fiction, the democratic falsehood called universal suffrage.
    -- Mikhail Bakunin

    #Men #Law #Names

  • 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
    -- Mikhail Bakunin

    #Stars #Blood #Sea

  • Our first work must be the annihilation of everything as it now exists.
    -- Mikhail Bakunin

    #Firsts #Annihilation

  • Revolution requires extensive and widespread destruction, a fecund and renovating destruction, since in this way and only this way are new worlds born
    -- Mikhail Bakunin

    #Way #Revolution #World