OnlyCaptions Logo

More results...

Generic selectors
Exact matches only
Search in title
Search in content
Post Type Selectors
Filter by Categories
Pick Up Lines
Quotes and Sayings

200+ Anarchism Quotes (2024) Words Igniting a New Era

In the realm of political ideologies, anarchism stands distinct, challenging traditional views on authority and societal organization. Infused with sentiments of individual freedom and self-governance, it's no wonder that "Anarchism quotes" have become a beacon for those in search of a different perspective. From legendary thinkers to modern-day advocates, these quotations shed light on a belief system that questions the very foundation of power structures, urging society to envision a world where hierarchies are dismantled and individuals flourish unrestrained.

Anarchism Quotes (2024)

Anarchism Quotes (2024)

Anarchism, with its radical call for a society devoid of oppressive systems, has inspired countless thinkers and activists throughout history. The essence of this philosophy can be grasped through the eloquent words of those who've advocated for it. Dive into these thought-provoking quotes that encapsulate the spirit of anarchism.

  • "Anarchy is not chaos, but order without control." – Unknown
  • "Freedom is not a luxury; it is a necessity." – Errico Malatesta
  • "Anarchism stands for liberation of the human mind from the dominion of religion; the liberation of the human body from the dominion of property; liberation from shackles and restraint of government." – Emma Goldman
  • "A society without government is like a forest without a forester." – Leo Tolstoy
  • "Anarchism is the revolutionary idea that no one is more qualified than you are to decide what your life will be." – Joe Peacott
  • "Ask for work. If they don't give you work, ask for bread. If they do not give you work or bread, then take bread." – Emma Goldman
  • "The desire for freedom is stronger than any prison." – Unknown
  • "Anarchy is democracy in action." – Edward Abbey
  • "Man will become better when you show him what he is like." – Anton Chekhov
  • "Anarchism is founded on the observation that since few men are wise enough to rule themselves, even fewer are wise enough to rule others." – Edward Abbey
  • "To be governed is to be watched, inspected, spied upon, directed, law-driven, numbered, regulated, enrolled, indoctrinated, preached at, controlled, checked, estimated, valued, censured, commanded, by creatures who have neither the right nor the wisdom nor the virtue to do so." – Pierre-Joseph Proudhon
  • "If I can't dance to it, it's not my revolution." – Emma Goldman
  • "Every society honors its live conformists and its dead troublemakers." – Mignon McLaughlin
  • "No gods, no masters." – Margaret Sanger
  • "I am truly free only when all human beings, men and women, are equally free." – Rosa Luxemburg
  • "Freedom is always and exclusively freedom for the one who thinks differently." – Rosa Luxemburg
  • "Anarchy is the surest of all guards against tyranny." – George Woodcock
  • "The price of liberty is eternal vigilance." – Thomas Jefferson
  • "The urge to destroy is also a creative urge." – Mikhail Bakunin
  • "The duty of the individual is to accept no rule, to be the initiator of his own acts." – Oscar Wilde
  • "The state calls its own violence law, but that of the individual crime." – Max Stirner
  • "We are convinced that freedom without socialism is privilege and injustice, and that socialism without freedom is slavery and brutality." – Mikhail Bakunin
  • "Anarchism, to me, means not only the denial of authority, not only a new economy, but a revision of the principles of morality. It means the development of the individual as well as the assertion of the individual. It means self-responsibility, and not leader worship." – Voltairine de Cleyre
  • "The first man who, having fenced in a piece of land, said 'This is mine', and found people naïve enough to believe him, that man was the true founder of civil society." – Jean-Jacques Rousseau
  • "Direct action is the logical, consistent method of Anarchism." – Emma Goldman
  • "Anarchy is no guarantee that some people won't kill, injure, kidnap, defraud, or steal from others. Government is a guarantee that some will." – Gustave de Molinari
  • "In a society that has abolished all adventure, the only adventure is to abolish that society." – Situationist International
  • "All political power comes out of the barrel of a gun. The communist party must command all the guns, that way, no guns can ever be used to command the party." – Mao Zedong
  • "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." – Edward Abbey
  • "Authority is the denial of freedom." – Unknown
Anarchism Quotes 1-OnlyCaptions
  • "Power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely." – Lord Acton
  • "When the people are being beaten with a stick, they are not much happier if it is called 'the People’s Stick.'" – Mikhail Bakunin
  • "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
  • "Freedom without socialism is privilege and injustice; socialism without freedom is slavery and brutality." – Mikhail Bakunin
  • "He who desires a society without government, desires order without power, and this is absurd." – Proudhon
  • "I am an Anarchist not because I believe Anarchism is the final goal, but because there is no such thing as a final goal." – Rudolf Rocker
  • "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
  • "The passion for destruction is a creative passion, too!" – Mikhail Bakunin
  • "Government is the shadow cast by business over society." – Noam Chomsky
  • "Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely." – Lord Acton
  • "We anarchists do not want to emancipate the people; we want the people to emancipate themselves." – Errico Malatesta
  • "Anarchism means voluntary cooperation instead of forced participation. It means harmony and order in place of interference and disorder." – Benjamin Ricketson Tucker
  • "The end may justify the means as long as there is something that justifies the end." – Leon Trotsky
  • "Man is free, yet everywhere he is in chains." – Jean-Jacques Rousseau
  • "If we wait for other people to make us happy, we will be disappointed. If we wait for the world to be at peace, we will be waiting forever." – Unknown
  • "There is no flag large enough to cover the shame of killing innocent people." – Howard Zinn
  • "The State is the altar of political freedom and, like the religious altar, it is maintained for the purpose of human sacrifice." – Emma Goldman
  • "The most dangerous man, to any government, is the man who is able to think things out for himself… Almost inevitably, he comes to the conclusion that the government he lives under is dishonest, insane, and intolerable." – H.L. Mencken
  • "The only way to deal with an unfree world is to become so absolutely free that your very existence is an act of rebellion." – Albert Camus
  • "Anarchy doesn’t mean out of control; it means out of their control." – Jim Dodge
  • "The greatest purveyor of violence in the world: My own government." – Martin Luther King Jr.
  • "Freedom is merely privilege extended unless enjoyed by one and all." – Billy Bragg
  • "Anarchism is the great liberator of man from the phantoms that have held him captive." – Emma Goldman
  • "The oppressed are allowed once every few years to decide which particular representatives of the oppressing class are to represent and repress them." – Karl Marx
  • "In the anarchist milieu, communism, individualism, collectivism, mutualism, and all the intermediate and eclectic programs are simply the ways considered best for achieving freedom and solidarity in economic life; the ways believed to correspond most closely with justice and freedom for the distribution of the means of production and the products of labor among men." – Errico Malatesta
  • "The government, in its wisdom, perceives that civil disobedience is an attack upon its existence. The right to revolt has sources deep in our history." – Howard Zinn
  • "One has a moral responsibility to disobey unjust laws." – Martin Luther King Jr.
  • "What is government but public servitude?" – Thomas Paine
  • "Anarchy is order." – Proudhon
  • "All voting is a sort of gaming, like checkers or backgammon, with a slight moral tinge to it, a playing with right and wrong." – Henry David Thoreau
Anarchism Quotes 2-OnlyCaptions
  • "The more corrupt the state, the more numerous the laws." – Tacitus
  • "People have only as much liberty as they have the intelligence to want and the courage to take." – Emma Goldman
  • "The state’s behavior is violence, and it calls its violence ‘law’; that of the individual, ‘crime’." – Max Stirner
  • "Anarchy is a game at which the police can beat you." – George Bernard Shaw
  • "Anarchists did not try to carry out genocide against the Armenians in Turkey; they did not deliberately starve millions of Ukrainians; they did not create a system of death camps to kill Jews, gypsies, and Slavs in Europe; they did not fire-bomb scores of large German and Japanese cities and drop nuclear bombs on two of them." – Noam Chomsky
  • "The most violent element in society is ignorance." – Emma Goldman
  • "Government is an unnecessary evil. Human beings, when accustomed to taking responsibility for their own behavior, can cooperate on a basis of mutual trust and helpfulness." – Fred Woodworth
  • "The urge to save humanity is almost always only a false face for the urge to rule it." – H.L. Mencken
  • "It is not by wearing down into uniformity all that is individual in themselves, but by cultivating it and calling it forth, within the limits imposed by the rights and interests of others, that human beings become a noble and beautiful object of contemplation." – John Stuart Mill
  • "To be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others." – Nelson Mandela
  • "All authority of any kind, especially in the field of thought and understanding, is the most destructive, evil thing. Leaders destroy the followers and followers destroy the leaders." – Jiddu Krishnamurti
  • "The duty of a patriot is to protect his country from its government." – Edward Abbey
  • "In the relations of man with the animals, with the flowers, with the objects of creation, there is a great ethic, scarcely perceived as yet, which will at length break forth into light." – Victor Hugo
  • "Is freedom anything else than the right to live as we wish? Nothing else." – Epictetus
  • "Freedom in capitalist society always remains about the same as it was in ancient Greek republics: Freedom for slave owners." – Vladimir Lenin
  • "The history of all hitherto existing society is the history of class struggles." – Karl Marx
  • "A government that robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul." – George Bernard Shaw
  • "We need to decide that we will not go to war, whatever reason is conjured up by the politicians or the media, because war in our time is always indiscriminate, a war against innocents, a war against children." – Howard Zinn
  • "Freedom is not worth having if it does not connote freedom to err." – Mahatma Gandhi
  • "The most potent weapon of the oppressor is the mind of the oppressed." – Steve Biko
  • "To revolt is a natural tendency of life. Even a worm turns against the foot that crushes it." – Mikhail Bakunin
  • "Every daring attempt to make a great change in existing conditions, every lofty vision of new possibilities for the human race, has been labeled Utopian." – Emma Goldman
  • "The first duty of a man is to think for himself." – Jose Marti
  • "You can't separate peace from freedom because no one can be at peace unless he has his freedom." – Malcolm X
  • "The dominant idea of anarchism is simple, it is that every man can be, and should be, his own master; and that no kind of human right can ever be surrendered, under any pretext whatever, to anybody else." – Benjamin R. Tucker
  • "I would rather be exposed to the inconveniences attending too much liberty than those attending too small a degree of it." – Thomas Jefferson
  • "If laws were real they wouldn’t need to be enforced, because if they were real they couldn’t be broken. Try breaking the law of gravity." – Douglas Adams
  • "The State is that great fiction by which everyone tries to live at the expense of everyone else." – Frédéric Bastiat
  • "Laws: We know what they are, and what they are worth! They are spider webs for the rich and mighty, steel chains for the poor and weak, fishing nets in the hands of government." – Pierre-Joseph Proudhon
  • "Order derived through submission and maintained by terror is not much of a safe guaranty; yet that is the only 'order' that governments have ever maintained." – Emma Goldman
Anarchism Quotes 3 1-OnlyCaptions
  • "The State is nothing else but this domination and exploitation regularised and systematised." – Bakunin
  • "The health of society thus depends quite as much on the independence of the individuals composing it as on their close social cohesion." – Albert Einstein
  • "When we can’t dream any longer, we die." – Emma Goldman
  • "It is forbidden to kill; therefore all murderers are punished unless they kill in large numbers and to the sound of trumpets." – Voltaire
  • "The poverty of our century is unlike that of any other. It is not, as poverty was before, the result of natural scarcity, but of a set of priorities imposed upon the rest of the world by the rich." – John Berger
  • "Liberty, equality – bad principles! The only true principle for humanity is justice, and justice towards the feeble becomes necessarily protection or kindness." – Henri Frédéric Amiel
  • "Liberty without socialism is privilege and injustice; socialism without liberty is slavery and brutality." – Mikhail Bakunin
  • "Authority poisons everybody who takes authority on himself." – Golda Meir
  • "Do not burn yourself out. Be as I am - a reluctant enthusiast... a part-time crusader, a half-hearted fanatic. Save the other half of yourselves and your lives for pleasure and adventure." – Edward Abbey
  • "Man will become immeasurably stronger, wiser, and subtler; his body will become more harmonious, his movements more rhythmic, his voice more musical. The forms of life will become dynamically dramatic. The average human type will rise to the heights of an Aristotle, a Goethe, or a Marx. And above these heights, new peaks will rise." – Leon Trotsky

Reflecting on the varied perspectives and profound thoughts contained in these "Anarchism Quotes," it's evident that the spirit of anarchism has deeply influenced thinkers across different ages and backgrounds. Anarchism, at its core, challenges us to question authority and the structures of power, pushing for a world where individuals live freely without oppression.

Through these quotes, we get a glimpse into the intricate tapestry of ideas that mold this philosophy, reminding us of the continuous struggle for freedom and the potential for a world built on cooperation and mutual respect.

Copyright © OnlyCaptions.Com 2023. All Rights Reserved.