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A collection of quotes and thoughts by Mikhail Bakunin on art, creativity, destruction, atheist, God, politics, socialism, religion, humor, truth, passion and anarchy.

15 Quotes By Mikhail Bakunin, The Founder Of Collective Anarchism

Quick Facts

Born On
30 May 1814 AD

Died On
01 July 1876 AD

Born In
Russia

Died At Age
62

Mikhail Bakunin was a Russian anarchist and revolutionary, who lived in the 19th century and is often regarded as one of the most important radical ideologues of his time. Bakunin is credited for being one of the most important figures in the history of social anarchism. He has been the founder of collective anarchism and during his lifetime, he became an extremely popular figure among the European radicals. Bakunin’s work as a radical took him to Germany as well as France, where he got in touch with Karl Marx. Bakunin has also been a huge influence on latter day anarchists and Noam Chomsky counts him as one of his influencers. As is the case with any revolutionary, he was an excellent writer and speaker, who could put his point across effectively. Bakunin spoke on a variety of subjects during his lifetime and some of his most important thoughts include his opposition to theologies’, criticism of Marxist theories, federalism, materialism, liberty, free thought and collectivist anarchism. He put down his thoughts and views in books and some of the noted ones include ‘Statism and Anarchy’ and ‘God and the State’ among others. Bakunin was a giant among thinkers and here is a collection of some of his quotes from his books, writings, works and life.

The passion for destruction is also a creative passion

- Mikhail Bakunin

Do you want to make it impossible for anyone to oppress his fellow-man? Then make sure that no one shall possess power.

- Mikhail Bakunin

It should be added that, in general, it is the character of every metaphysical and theological argument to seek to explain one absurdity by another.

- Unknown Book 9062488, Mikhail Bakunin

From each according to his faculties; to each according to his needs

- Mikhail Bakunin

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

Real humanity presents a mixture of all that is most sublime and beautiful with all that is vilest and most monstrous in the world.

- God and the State, Mikhail Bakunin

I reverse the phrase of Voltaire, and say that if God really existed, it would be necessary to abolish him.

- Mikhail Bakunin

The idea of God implies the abdication of human reason and justice; it is the most decisive negation of human liberty and necessarily ends in the enslavement of mankind both in theory and practice.

- Mikhail Bakunin

We are convinced that liberty without socialism is privilege, injustice; and that socialism without liberty is slavery and brutality.

- 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

The freedom of all is essential to my freedom.

- Mikhail Bakunin

If you took the most ardent revolutionary, vested him in absolute power, within a year he would be worse than the Tsar himself.

- Mikhail Bakunin

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

The urge for destruction is also a creative urge!

- Mikhail Bakunin

If God really existed, it would be necessary to abolish Him.

- Mikhail Bakunin