Mikhail Bakunin Quotes

The freedom of all is essential to my freedom.
Mikhail Bakunin (Quoted in The Political Philosophy of Bakunin, 1953)
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 causes.
Mikhail Bakunin (God and the State, 1876)
As long as we have a master in heaven, we will be slaves on earth.
Mikhail Bakunin (Man, Society, and Freedom, 1871)
But here steps in Satan, the eternal rebel, the first freethinker and the emancipator of worlds. He makes man ashamed of his bestial 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 (God and the State, 1876)
Man completely realizes his individual freedom as well as his personality only through the individuals who surround him.
Mikhail Bakunin (Man, Society, and Freedom, 1871)
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 (Man, Society, and Freedom, 1871)
Truth is never born of a lie and freedom can only be won by freedom.
Mikhail Bakunin (Appeal to the Slavs, 1848)
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 (Man, Society, and Freedom, 1871)
If there is a State, then there is domination, and in turn, there is slavery.
Mikhail Bakunin
Replacing the cult of God by respect and love of humanity, we proclaim human reason as the only criterion of truth; human conscience as the basis of justice; individual and collective freedom as the only source of order in society.
Mikhail Bakunin (Revolutionary Catechism, 1866)
I am a fanatical lover of truth and freedom which I consider the only surroundings in which intelligence, consciousness and happiness develop and increase.
Mikhail Bakunin (Where I Stand, 1862)
The idea of God is not necessary to the existence and working of the moral law. Far from this, it is a disturbing and socially demoralizing factor.
Mikhail Bakunin (God or Labor: The Two Camps, 1871)
If there is one fundamental principle of human morality, it is freedom. To respect the freedom of your fellowman is duty; to love, help, and serve him is virtue.
Mikhail Bakunin (Revolutionary Catechism, 1866)
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 (A Circular Letter to My Friends in Italy, 1871)
The passion for destruction is a creative passion, too!
Mikhail Bakunin (The Reaction in Germany, 1842)
Since all social wealth is produced by labor, he who consumes without working, if able to work, is a thief.
Mikhail Bakunin (National Catechism, 1866)
The liberty of every individual is only the reflection of his own humanity, or his human right through the conscience of all free men, his brothers and his equals.
Mikhail Bakunin (Man, Society, and Freedom, 1871)
This flagrant negation of humanity which constitutes the very essence of the State is, from the standpoint of the State, its supreme duty and its greatest virtue.
Mikhail Bakunin (Rousseau's Theory of the State, 1873)
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
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, 1873)
It is not true that the freedom of one man is limited by that of other men. Man is really free to the extent that his freedom, fully acknowledged and mirrored by the free consent of his fellowmen, finds confirmation and expansion in their liberty. Man is truly free only among equally free men; the slavery of even one human being violates humanity and negates the freedom of all.
Mikhail Bakunin (Revolutionary Catechism, 1866)
You taunt us with disbelieving in God, We charge you with believing in him. We do not condemn you for this. We do not even indict you. We pity you. For the time of illusions is past. We cannot be deceived any longer.
Mikhail Bakunin (God or Labor: The Two Camps, 1871)
Man without society would surely remain the most stupid and the most miserable among all the other ferocious beasts.
Mikhail Bakunin (Man, Society, and Freedom, 1871)
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
The State, therefore, is the most flagrant, the most cynical, and the most complete negation of humanity. It shatters the universal solidarity of all men on the earth, and brings some of them into association only for the purpose of destroying, conquering, and enslaving all the rest.
Mikhail Bakunin (Rousseau's Theory of the State, 1873)
He who desires to worship God must harbor no childish illusions about the matter but bravely renounce his liberty and humanity.
Mikhail Bakunin
I am not myself free or human until or unless I recognize the freedom and humanity of all my fellowmen.
Mikhail Bakunin (Man, Society, and Freedom, 1871)
Authority is the negation of freedom. God, or rather the fiction of God, is the consecration and the intellectual and moral source of all slavery on earth, and the freedom of mankind will never be complete until the disastrous and insidious fiction of a heavenly master is annihilated.
Mikhail Bakunin (Man, Society, and Freedom, 1871)
The freedom of each is therefore realizable only in the equality of all. The realization of freedom through equality, in principle and in fact, is justice.
Mikhail Bakunin (Revolutionary Catechism, 1866)
All gods, past and present, have owed their existence to a human imagination unfired from the fetters of its primordial animality.
Mikhail Bakunin (God or Labor: The Two Camps, 1871)
The materialistic. realistic, and collectivist conception of freedom, as opposed to the idealistic, is this: Man becomes conscious of himself and his humanity only in society and only by the collective action of the whole society. He frees himself from the yoke of external nature only by collective and social labor, which alone can transform the earth into an abode favorable to the development of humanity. Without such material emancipation the intellectual and moral emancipation of the individual is impossible.
Mikhail Bakunin (Man, Society, and Freedom, 1871)
I reverse the phrase of Voltaire, and say that if God really existed, it would be necessary to abolish him.
Mikhail Bakunin (God and the State, 1876)


Mikhail Bakunin Biography

Born: May 30, 1814
Died: July 1, 1876

Mikhail Bakunin was a Russian revolutionary and philosopher. He is best known for his political and materialistic views and as an anarchist. His best known work is undoubtedly
"God and the State".

Notable Works

Strength to Love (1963)
Why We Can't Wait (1964)
Where Do We Go from Here (1967)
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