Anarchy Quotes

Where there is authority, there is no freedom. - Peter Kropotkin

Still, instead of trusting what their own minds tell them, men have as a rule a weakness for trusting others who pretend to supernatural sources of knowledge. - Arthur Schopenhauer

The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. But no price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself. - Friedrich Nietzsche

We can do anything we like as long as it is UNIMPORTANT. - Theodore Kaczynski

The law, in its majestic equality, forbids the rich as well as the poor to sleep under bridges, to beg in the streets, and to steal bread. - Anatole France

Beware of the fish people, they are the true enemy. - Frank Zappa

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

The more you can increase fear of drugs and crime, welfare mothers, immigrants and aliens, the more you control all the people. - Noam Chomsky

Religion is regarded by the common people as true, by the wise as false, and by the rulers as useful. - Seneca the Younger

The most dangerous man, to any government, is the man who is able to think things out for himself without regard to the prevailing superstitions and taboos. Almost inevitably he comes to the conclusion that the government he lives under is dishonest, insane and intolerable, and so, if he is romantic, he tries to change it. And even if he is not romantic personally he is apt to spread discontent among those who are. - H.L. Mencken

To the sober person adventurous conduct often seems insanity. - Aristotle

You don't have a peaceful revolution. You don't have a turn-the-other-cheek revolution. There's no such thing as a nonviolent revolution. Revolution is bloody. Revolution is hostile. Revolution knows no compromise. Revolution overturns and destroys everything that gets in its way. - Malcolm X

When fascism comes to America, it will be wrapped in the flag and carrying the cross. - Sinclair Lewis (1935)

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 the government. - Pierre-Joseph Proudhon

Heresy is only another word for freedom of thought. - Graham Greene

The essence of Christianity is told to us in the Garden of Eden history. The fruit that was forbidden was on the Tree of Knowledge. The subtext is, All the suffering you have is because you wanted to find out what was going on. You could be in the Garden of Eden if you had just kept your fucking mouth shut and hadn't asked any questions. - Frank Zappa

The tragedy of modern war is that the young men die fighting each other - instead of their real enemies back home in the capitals. - Edward Abbey

A man is no less a slave because he is allowed to choose a new master once in a term of years. - Lysander Spooner

If I'd written all the truth I knew for the past ten years, about 600 people - including me - would be rotting in prison cells from Rio to Seattle today. Absolute truth is a very rare and dangerous commodity in the context of professional journalism. - Hunter S. Thompson

Your mind is totally controlled, it has been stuffed into my mold. And you will do as you are told, until the rights to you are sold. - Frank Zappa, I'm the slime

He uses statistics as a drunken man uses lamp-posts... for support rather than illumination. - Andrew Lang

I cannot believe in a God who wants to be praised all the time. - Friedrich Nietzsche

Faith: Belief without evidence in what is told by one who speaks without knowledge, of things without parallel. - Ambrose Bierce, The Devil's Dictionary

The seven deadly sins of the Christian Church are: greed, pride, envy, anger, gluttony, lust, and sloth. Satanism advocates indulging in each of these 'sins' as they all lead to physical, mental, or emotional gratification. - Anton Szandor LaVey

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

It's possible to love a human being if you don't know them too well. - Charles Bukowski

Going to the electric chair will be the supreme thrill of my life. - Albert Fish

You can safely assume that you've created God in your own image when it turns out that God hates all the same people you do. - Anne Lamott

If there is anything the nonconformist hates worse than a conformist it's another nonconformist who doesn't conform to the prevailing standards of nonconformity. - Bill Vaughan

At the bottom of a good deal of bravery... lurks a miserable cowardice. Men will face powder and steel because they cannot face public opinion. - E.H. Chapin

Ignorance more frequently begets confidence than does knowledge. - Charles Darwin

Every normal man must be tempted at times, to spit on his hands, hoist the black flag, and begin slitting throats. - H. L. Mencken

It's no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society. - Krishnamurti

Religion is the sigh of the oppressed creature, the heart of the heartless world, just as it is the spirit of a spiritless situation. It is the opium of the people. - Karl Marx

A heretic is a man who sees with his own eyes. - Gotthold Ephraim Lessing

Christ died for our sins. Dare we make his martyrdom meaningless by not committing them? - Jules Feiffer

Any man who afflicts the human race with ideas must be prepared to see them misunderstood. - Henry Louis Mencken

Money is my God. If you think God will help you then quit your job and see how much he cares. - Mike Tyson

The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, and wiser people so full of doubts. - Bertrand Russell

Life is the great indulgence — death the great abstinence. Therefore, make the most of life here and now! - Anton Szandor LaVey

If we are attacked we can only defend ourselves with guns not with butter. - Joseph Goebbels

People do not consciously and rationally choose the form of their society. Societies develop through processes of social evolution that are not under rational human control. - Theodore Kaczynski

Religion is induced insanity. - Madalyn Murray O'Hair

Any dictator would admire the uniformity and obedience of the U.S. media. - Noam Chomsky

There can be but little liberty on earth while men worship a tyrant in heaven. - Robert Green Ingersoll

Giving money and power to government is like giving whiskey and car keys to teenage boys. - P.J. O'Rourke

How could you set yourself up as the most powerful institution on earth? You first find out what every man feels at least once a day, establish that as a sin, and set yourself up as the only institution capable of pardoning that sin. - Anton Szandor LaVey

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

To be conscious that you are ignorant is a great step to knowledge. - Benjamin Disraeli

You can get more with a kind word and a gun than you can with a kind word alone. – Al Capone

Most people are not really free. They are confined by the niche in the world that they carve out for themselves. They limit themselves to fewer possibilities by the narrowness of their vision. - V. S. Naipaul

Religion is something left over from the infancy of our intelligence; it will fade away as we adopt reason and science as our guidelines. - Bertrand Russell

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

Some people never go crazy, what truly horrible lives they must live. - Charles Bukowski

The Edge... there is no honest way to explain it because the only people who really know where it is are the ones who have gone over. - Hunter S. Thompson

Christian fundamentalism: the doctrine that there is an absolutely powerful, infinitely knowledgeable, universe spanning entity that is deeply and personally concerned about my sex life. - Andrew Lias

Without deviation progress is not possible. - Frank Zappa

Show me the government that does not infringe upon anyone's rights, and I will no longer call myself an anarchist. - Jacob Halbrooks

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

This is the epitaph I want on my tomb: "Here lies one of the most intelligent animals who ever appeared on the face of the earth” - Benito Mussolini

Serial killers do, on a small scale, what governments do on a large one. They are products of our times and these are bloodthirsty times. - Richard Ramirez

You have undertaken to cheat me. I won't sue you, for the law is too slow. I'll ruin you. - Cornelius Vanderbilt

If you prick us, do we not bleed? If you tickle us, do we not laugh? If you poison us, do we not die? and if you wrong us, shall we not revenge? - William Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice.

I had only to wish that there be a large crowd of spectators the day of my execution and that they greet me with cries of hate. - Albert Camus, The Stranger

If you're losing your soul and you know it, then you've still got a soul left to lose. - Charles Bukowski

Give a man a fish, and you'll feed him for a day. Give him a religion, and he'll starve to death while praying for a fish. - Timothy Jones

The measure of the state's success is that the word anarchy frightens people, while the word state does not. - Joseph Sobran

The passion for destruction is also a creative passion. - Mikhail Bakunin

I had thought of annihilating the entire block that I lived on. - Ed Kemper

There will always be something to ruin our lives, it all depends on what or which finds us first. We are always ripe and ready to be taken. - Charles Bukowski

When you see me smash somebody's skull, you enjoy it. - Mike Tyson

America... just a nation of two hundred million used car salesmen with all the money we need to buy guns and no qualms about killing anybody else in the world who tries to make us uncomfortable. - Hunter S. Thompson

I call Christianity the one great curse, the one great intrinsic depravity, the one great instinct of revenge, for which no means are venomous enough, or secret, subterranean and small enough - I call it the one immortal blemish upon the human race. - Friedrich Nietzsche

No one is free who is not master of himself. - Claudius

Be peaceful, be courteous, obey the law, respect everyone; but if someone puts his hand on you, send him to the cemetery. - Malcolm X

Constitutional rights are useful up to a point, but they do not serve to guarantee much more than what could be called the bourgeois conception of freedom. According to the bourgeois conception, a "free" man is essentially an element of a social machine and has only a certain set of prescribed and delimited freedoms; freedoms that are designed to serve the needs of the social machine more than those of the individual. - Theodore Kaczynski

If we choose, we can live in a world of comforting illusion. - Noam Chomsky

All over the place, from the popular culture to the propaganda system, there is constant pressure to make people feel that they are helpless, that the only role they can have is to ratify decisions and to consume. - Noam Chomsky

Democracy consists of choosing your dictators, after they've told you what you think it is you want to hear. - Alan Coren

The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don't have any. - Alice Walker

It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it. - Aristotle

Going to trial with a lawyer who considers your whole life-style a Crime in Progress is not a happy prospect. - Hunter S. Thompson

The Atheist complains about the wind. The Christian prays for it to change. The Satanist adjusts his sails. - Anton Szandor LaVey

The intellectual tradition is one of servility to power, and if I didn't betray it I'd be ashamed of myself. - Noam Chomsky

The wild, cruel beast is not behind the bars of the cage. He is in front of it. - Axel Munthe

Fifty-one percent of a nation can establish a totalitarian regime, suppress minorities and still remain democratic. - Erik von Kuehnelt-Leddihn

Find out just what any people will quietly submit to and you have found out the exact measure of injustice and wrong which will be imposed upon them. - Frederick Douglass

Faced with the choice between changing one's mind and proving that there is no need to do so, almost everyone gets busy on the proof. - Galbraith's Law

The Church hates a thinker precisely for the same reason a robber dislikes a sheriff, or a thief despises the prosecuting witness. - Robert Ingersoll

Every decent man is ashamed of the government he lives under. - H.L. Mencken

The most common of all follies is to believe passionately in the palpably not true. It is the chief occupation of mankind. - H.L. Mencken

Conservatives say teaching sex education in the public schools will promote promiscuity. With our education system? If we promote promiscuity the same way we promote math or science, they've got nothing to worry about. - Beverly Mickins

If we don't believe in freedom of expression for people we despise, we don't believe in it at all. - Noam Chomsky

The truth alone has never set anyone free. It is only DOUBT which will bring about mental emancipation. Without the wonderful element of doubt, the doorway through which truth passes would be tightly shut, impervious to the strenuous poundings of a thousand Lucifer's. - Anton Szandor LaVey

What garlic is to food, insanity is to art. - Augustus Saint-Gaudens

Those who profess to favor freedom, and yet depreciate agitation, are men who want rain without thunder and lightning. - Frederick Douglass

People demand freedom of speech as a compensation for the freedom of thought which they seldom use. - Soren Kierkegaard

A delusion held by one person is a mental illness, held by a few is a cult, held by many is a religion. - Robert Todd Carroll

It is sometimes useful to pretend we are deceived, because when we show a deceiving man that we see through his artifices, we only encourage him to increase his deceptions. - Magdeleine Sable

After coming into contact with a religious man I always feel I must wash my hands. - Friedrich Nietzsche

If there is a God, atheism must seem to Him as less of an insult than religion. - Edmond de Goncourt

I'm a polyatheist - there are many gods I don't believe in. - Dan Fouts

Cruel leaders are replaced only to have new leaders turn cruel. - Che Guevara

Life in Lubbock, Texas, taught me two things: One is that God loves you and you're going to burn in hell. The other is that sex is the most awful, filthy thing on earth and you should save it for someone you love. - Butch Hancock

The natural liberty of man is to be free from any superior power on Earth, and not to be under the will or legislative authority of man, but only to have the law of nature for his rule. - Samuel Adams

You know, a long time ago being crazy meant something. Nowadays everybody's crazy. - Charles Manson

The guerrilla must move amongst the people as a fish swims in the sea. - Mao Tse-Tung

It is now quite lawful for a Catholic woman to avoid pregnancy by a resort to mathematics, though she is still forbidden to resort to physics or chemistry. - H.L. Mencken

Propaganda is to a democracy what the bludgeon is to a totalitarian state. - Noam Chomsky

To live exhilaratingly in and for the moment is deadly serious work, fun of the most exhausting sort. - Barbara Grizzuti Harrison

If you obey all the rules, you miss all the fun - Katherine Hepburn

History is the propaganda of the victors. - Ernst Toller

A man's greatest work is to break his enemies, to drive them before him, to take from them all the things that have been theirs, to hear the weeping of those who cherished them, to take their horses between his knees and to press in his arms the most desirable of their women. - Ghengis Khan

In order to become the master, the politician poses as the servant. - Charles de Gaulle

Nobody can give you freedom. Nobody can give you equality or justice or anything. If you're a man, you take it. - Malcolm X

I don't care if I fall as long as someone else picks up my gun and keeps on shooting. - Che Guevara

Think of the press as a great keyboard on which the government can play. - Joseph Goebbels

We think too small, like the frog at the bottom of the well. He thinks the sky is only as big as the top of the well. If he surfaced, he would have an entirely different view. - Mao Tse-Tung

The reward for conformity was that everyone liked you except yourself. - Rita Mae Brown

The clever combatant imposes his will on the enemy, but does not allow the enemy's will to be imposed on him. - Sun Tzu

The only problem with seeing too much is that it makes you insane. - Phaedrus

Loyalty to petrified opinions never yet broke a chain or freed a human soul in this world - and never will. - Mark Twain

Power is always dangerous. Power attracts the worst and corrupts the best. - Edward Abbey

They can gas me, but I am famous. I have achieved in one day what it took Robert Kennedy all his life to do. - Sirhan Sirhan

Political power grows out of the barrel of a gun. - Mao Tse-Tung

And so many of the people in the arena here, you know, were underprivileged anyway, so this - this (chuckles slightly) is working very well for them. - Barbara Bush, while touring Hurricane Katrina refugee facility, before returning to her multi-million dollar Houston home.

Take me to the Brig. I want to see the real Marines. - Major General Chesty Puller, USMC

If you don't control your mind, someone else will. - John Allston

To be governed is to be watched over, inspected, spied on, directed, legislated over, regulated, docketed, indoctrinated, preached at, controlled, assessed, weighed, censored, ordered about, by men who have neither right, nor knowledge, nor virtue. - Pierre-Joseph Proudhon

Grown men do not need leaders. - Edward Abbey

The difference between a democracy and a dictatorship is that in a democracy you vote first and take orders later; in a dictatorship you don't have to waste your time voting. - Charles Bukowski

Mankind are governed more by their feelings than by reason. - Samuel Adams

The essence of government is force, and most often that force is used to accomplish evil ends. - Walter Williams

When the enemy advances, withdraw; when he stops, harass; when he tires, strike; when he retreats, pursue. - Mao Tse-Tung

If your children ever find out how lame you really are, they'll gonna murder you in your sleep. - Frank Zappa

A man must consider what a rich realm he abdicates when he becomes a conformist. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Our wretched species is so made that those who walk on the well-trodden path always throw stones at those who are showing a new road. - Voltaire

The state calls its own violence law, but that of the individual, crime. - Max Stirner

It is better to die on your feet than to live on your knees. - Emiliano Zapata

It does not require a majority to prevail, but rather an irate, tireless minority keen to set brush fires in people's minds. - Samuel Adams

Who are these Swine? These flag-sucking half-wits who get fleeced and fooled by stupid little rich kids like George Bush? ..... They speak for all that is cruel and stupid and viscious in the American character.... I piss down the throats of these Nazis. And I am too old to worry about whether they like it or not. Fuck Them. - Hunter S. Thompson

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

When will they awaken to the truth? When will they finally have enough and spit on their masters? When will they rise up with one voice and say NO!? The answer my friends, is never. - Patrick K. Martin

Society has good reason to fear the Radical. Every shaking advance of mankind toward equality and justice has come from the Radical. He hits, he hurts, he is dangerous. Conservative interests know that while Liberals are most adept at breaking their own necks with their tongues, Radicals are most adept at breaking the necks of Conservatives. - Saul Alinsky

How well we know what a profitable superstition this fable of Christ has been for us. - John Bale, "The Pageant of the Popes"

The sword is more important than the shield, and skill is more important than either. The final weapon is the brain. All else is supplemental. - John Steinbeck

As democracy is perfected, the office of president represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart's desire at last and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron. — H. L. Mencken

You can't fight City Hall, but you can goddamn sure blow it up. - George Carlin