“Freedom, morality, and the human dignity of the individual consists precisely in this; that he does…”

“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, God and the State

“Individual liberty – not privileged liberty but human liberty, and the real potential of individuals…”

“Individual liberty – not privileged liberty but human liberty, and the real potential of individuals – will only be able to enjoy full expansion in a regime of complete equality. When there exists an equality of origins for all men on this earth then, and only then … will one be able to say, with more reason than one can today, that every individual is a self-made man.”

Mikhail Bakunin, “Essay from Egalite (14 August 1869)”

“Human nature is so constituted that the propensity for evil is always intensified by external…”

“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, Revolutionary Catechism

“A jealous lover of human liberty, deeming it the absolute condition of all that we admire and…”

“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 and the State

“Does it follow that I reject all authority? Far from me such a thought. In the matter of boots, I…”

“Does it follow that I reject all authority? Far from me such a thought. In the matter of boots, I refer to the authority of the bootmaker; concerning houses, canals, or railroads, I consult that of the architect or engineer. For such or such special knowledge I apply to such or such a savant. But I allow neither the bootmaker nor the architect nor the savant to impose his authority upon me.”

Mikhail Bakunin, God and the State

“The liberty of man consists solely in this: that he obeys natural laws because he has himself…”

“The liberty of man consists solely in this: that he obeys natural laws because he has himself recognized them as such, and not because they have been externally imposed upon him by any extrinsic will whatever, divine or human, collective or individual.”

Mikhail Bakunin, God and the State

“Improve working conditions, render to labor what is justly due to labor, and thereby give the people…”

“Improve working conditions, render to labor what is justly due to labor, and thereby give the people security, comfort, and leisure. Then, believe me, they will educate themselves; they will create a larger, saner, higher civilization than this.”

Mikhail Bakunin, “Federalism, Socialism, Anti-Theologism”

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