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Mikhail Bakunin
May 30, 1814 - June 13, 1876
Nationality: Russian
Category: Revolutionary
Subcategory: Russian Revolutionary

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


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


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.


Thence results, for science as well as for industry, the necessity of the division and association of labor. I receive and I give - such is human life. Each directs and is directed in his turn.


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


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


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.


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


The freedom of all is essential to my freedom.


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.


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.


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


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.


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


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.


Powerful states can maintain themselves only by crime, little states are virtuous only by weakness.


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


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.


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


Therefore, if God existed, only in one way could he serve human liberty - by ceasing to exist.


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