I recently realized that people frequently come across Philaahzophy as a result of searching for some of the quotes that are randomly displayed at the top of each page. unfortunately, the odds of that specific quote still being on that page when they arrive is rather slim. Thus I have created this quotes on Philaahzophy page to collect them all in a single place (and add the occaisional commentary).
“Anarchy is the only slight glimmer of hope” »» Mick Jagger
“I’ve concluded that genius is as common as dirt. We suppress our genius only because we haven’t yet figured out how to manage a population of educated men and women. The solution, I think, is simple and glorious. Let them manage themselves.” »» John Taylor Gatto
“The only means of strengthening one’s intellect is to make up one’s mind about nothing – to let the mind be a thoroughfare for all thoughts.” »» John Keats
“Anarchism, really stands for the liberation of the human mind from the dominion of religion; the liberation of the human body from the dominion of property; liberation from the shackles and restraint of government.” »» Emma Goldman
“When the highwayman holds his gun to your head, you turn your valuables over to him. You ‘consent’ alright, but you do so because you cannot help yourself, because you are compelled by his gun.” »» Alexander Berkman
“Anarchism has but one infallible, unchangeable motto, ‘Freedom.’ Freedom to discover any truth, freedom to develop, to live naturally and fully.” »» Lucy Parsons
“Anarchists know that a long period of education must precede any great fundamental change in society, hence they do not believe in vote begging, nor political campaigns, but rather in the development of self-thinking individuals.” »» Lucy Parsons
He that would make his own liberty secure, must guard even his enemy from opposition; for if he violates this duty he establishes a precedent that will reach himself. »» Thomas Paine
Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves. »» Abraham Lincoln
Although the line itself is superb, the irony of it coming from Abraham Lincoln, who caused the slaughter of thousands of people in an attempt to prevent the people of the Southern States to practice the very freedoms guaranteed them under The Constitution adds a fair helping of sweet irony as well.
Liberty has never come from the government. Liberty has always come from the subjects of it. The history of liberty is a history of resistance. »» Woodrow Wilson
We must be free not because we claim freedom, but because we practice it. »» William Faulkner
I was unaware of this quote when I began Philaahzophy and my Applied Anarchy posts it could well be the tagline for the series.
They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety. »» Benjamin Franklin, Historical Review of Pennsylvania, 1759
We cannot defend freedom abroad by deserting it at home. »» Edward R. Murrow
Now there was a man worthy of the title “Journalist”. If only he were alive to put George W. Bush and the Department of Homeland Security in their proper places.
We anarchists do not want to emancipate the people; we want the people to emancipate themselves. »» Errico Malatesta, l’Agitazione, 18 June 1897
“Anarchy is not chaos, but order without control.” »» David Layson
This is the most displayed quote on Philaahzophy because I think its simplicity is powerful and understanding its message is really the first step in understanding both anarchy and freedom.
Many politicians are in the habit of laying it down as a self-evident proposition that no people ought to be free till they are fit to use their freedom. The maxim is worthy of the fool in the old story who resolved not to go into the water till he had learned to swim. »» Thomas Macaulay
Intellectual growth should commence at birth and cease only at death. »» Albert Einstein
Einstein was far from a an anarchist, but he’s still the closest thing I have to an idol, thus the relatively large number of quotes he has here at Philaahzophy.
It should be possible to explain the laws of physics to a barmaid. »» Albert Einstein
Memory is deceptive because it is colored by today’s events. »» Albert Einstein
You cannot simultaneously prevent and prepare for war. »» Albert Einstein
The prestige of government has undoubtedly been lowered considerably by the prohibition law. For nothing is more destructive of respect for the government and the law of the land than passing laws which cannot be enforced. It is an open secret that the dangerous increase of crime in this country is closely connected with this. »» Albert Einstein
A father is always making his baby into a little woman. And when she is a woman he turns her back again. »» Enid Bagnold
Wealth may be an excellent thing, for it means power, and it means leisure, it means liberty. »» James Russell Lowell
Experience taught me a few things. One is to listen to your gut, no matter how good something sounds on paper. The second is that you’re generally better off sticking with what you know. And the third is that sometimes your best investments are the ones you don’t make. »» Donald Trump
The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. »» Thomas Jefferson
Timid men prefer the calm of despotism to the tempestuous sea of liberty. »» Thomas Jefferson
“I object to violence because when it appears to do good, the good is only temporary; the evil it does is permanent.” »» Mahatma Gandhi
I refuse to accept the cynical notion that nation after nation must spiral down a militaristic stairway into the hell of nuclear annihilation… I believe that even amid today’s mortar bursts and whining bullets, there is still hope for a brighter tomorrow… I still believe that one day mankind will bow before the altars of God and be crowned triumphant over war and bloodshed. »» Martin Luther King, Jr., Address in Acceptance of Nobel Peace Prize – 10 December 1964
The ultimate test of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and moments of convenience, but where he stands in moments of challenge and moments of controversy. »» Martin Luther King, Jr., 27 January 1965
If a man is called to be a street sweeper, he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted, or Beethoven composed music, or Shakespeare wrote poetry. He should sweep streets so well that all the host of heaven and earth will pause to say, here lived a great street sweeper who did his job well. »» Martin Luther King, Jr.
Violence as a way of achieving racial justice is both impractical and immoral. It is impractical because it is a descending spiral ending in destruction for all. It is immoral because it seeks to humiliate the opponent rather than win his understanding; it seeks to annihilate rather than to convert. Violence is immoral because it thrives on hatred rather than love. »» Martin Luther King, Jr.
As a nation, we have been responsible for the murder of literally hundreds of thousands of people at home and abroad by fighting a war that should never have been started and can be won, if at all, only by converting the United States into a police state. »» Milton Friedman
Never underestimate the power of a small group of committed citizens to change the world. Indeed, it has never been done otherwise. »» Margaret Mead
We should never forget that everything Adolf Hitler did in Germany was “legal” and everything the Hungarian freedom fighters did in Hungary was “illegal.” »» Martin Luther King, Jr., “Letter From Birmingham Jail,” 1963
[A]narchy is order, whereas government is civil war. »» Anselme Bellegarrigue
Whatever really useful thing government does for men, they would do for themselves if there were no government. »» Anarchist Sticker, 1906
Considering what a nuisance the government is, the man who says we cannot get rid of it must be called a confirmed pessimist. »» Anarchist Sticker, 1906
One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors. »» Plato
“…man is not free unless government is limited. There’s a clear cause and effect here that is as neat and predictable as a law of physics: As government expands, liberty contracts.” »» Ronald Reagan
The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter. »» Winston Churchill
Anarchy is not just a desire to eliminate the State: it is a moral commitment to voluntary interactions and non-violent principles. »» Francois Tremblay
“Freedom is the default position. Everything the government does takes away some of our freedom… That’s why we have a constitution, to restrain the government.” »» Superior Court Judge Andrew Napolitano
“If one guy with a bullet could change the world in the School Depository in Dallas, or in a hotel in Los Angeles, or Memphis, how much more could one person with an idea, the right idea, change the world?” »» Kurdy, Jeremiah – The Interregnum
Today, nobody sees, or wishes to see, that in our time the enslavement of the majority of men is based on money taxes, levied on land and otherwise, which are collected by government from the subjects. »» Leo Tolstoy
“Experience has shown that it is difficult, if not impossible, for a populous state to be run by good laws.” »» Aristotle, The Politics
Here’s a great video I found of some Albert Einstein quotes-