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The fact is that the government, like a highwayman, says to a man: Your money, or your life. And many, if not most, taxes are paid under the compulsion of that threat.
-- Lysander Spooner

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Every state is a despotism.
-- Max Stirner

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The complete transformation of everyone's living conditions can never be achieved on the path of slow development, through which at most improvements within a social system are possible.
-- Erich Muhsam

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The outcome of this vote will, at best, slow down the rate at which the American government gravitates towards plutocracy, police statism and global corporate Empire.
-- Kevin Carson

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The establishment of a citizens' assembly is not in itself a fulfillment; until its participating citizens develop radical content, it will be only an institutional structure.
-- Janet Biehl

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Instead of taking aim at some vague enemy, it's better wait a moment for him to turn into a friend.
-- Georges Brassens

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Dictatorship, whether it is a hydra with a hundred heads or a hundred tails, whether they are autocratic or demagogic, can certainly do nothing for liberty: it can only perpetuate slavery, morally and physically.
-- Joseph Dejacque

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"go wherever you like, to Calcutta or Tibet;
if you can't find where your soul is hidden,
for you the world will never be real!"
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The right of revolution, which tyrants, in mockery, accord to mankind, is no legal right under a government; it is only a natural right to overturn a governmentent. The government itself never acknowledges this right.
-- Lysander Spooner

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If a man walk in the woods for love of them half of each day, he is in danger of being regarded as a loafer; but if he spends his whole day as a speculator, shearing off those woods and making earth bald before her time, he is esteemed an industrious and enterprising citizen.
-- Henry David Thoreau

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It's one thing to say, "Another world is possible." It's another to experience it, however momentarily.
-- David Graeber

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Resignation is death. Revolt is life.
-- Albert Libertad

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The law has no claim to human respect. It has no civilizing mission; its only purpose is to protect exploitation.
-- Peter Kropotkin

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When we have undermined the patriotic lie, we shall have cleared the path for the great structure where all shall be united into a universal brotherhood -- a truly free society.
-- Emma Goldman

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What economists call over-production is but a production that is above the purchasing power of the worker, who is reduced to poverty by capital and state.
-- Peter Kropotkin

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Parliament: A compound word from "parler" (to speak) and "mentir" (to lie).
-- Anonymous

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It is the task of all comrades to think, study and prepare -- and to do so with all speed and thoroughly because the times are "dynamic" and we must be ready for what might happen.
-- Errico Malatesta

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While governments are subjected to the principle of free experimentation, to free competition, they will improve and perfect themselves on their own. No more aloofness, up in the clouds, which only hides their emptiness. Success for them will entirely depend upon them doing it better and cheaper than the others do.
-- Max Nettlau

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As long as we have a master in heaven, we will be slaves on earth.
-- Mikhail Bakunin

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We might mention the monumental hypocrisy of the regulation of credit unions in the United States, which require that their membership must share some common bond, like working for the same employer.
-- Kevin Carson

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We anarchists do not want to emancipate the people; we want the people to emancipate themselves.
-- Errico Malatesta

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The "equality of right" is a phantom just because right is nothing more and nothing less than admission, a matter of grace.
-- Max Stirner

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"Friends, there are no friends."

Phrase attributed to Aristotle by Diogenes Laerzius

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"Amici, non ci sono amici"

Frase attribuita ad Aristotele da Diogene Laerzio

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If you want to be right there is no room for friendship: everything becomes give and take, or give and take back, which is disgusting.

Montaigne

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Se vuoi essere giusto non c'è spazio per l'amicizia: tutto diventa dare e avere, o dare e restituire, il che è disgustoso.

Montaigne

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Da "Essere amici" - Franco La Cecla


 
For there to be a true gift, there must be no reciprocity, return, exchange, counter-gift, debt. If the other gives me back or owes me something, or must give me back what I gave him or her, it is not a gift.

Montaigne

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Perché ci sia un dono vero, non deve esistere reciprocità, ritorno, scambio, controdono, debito. Se l'altro mi dà indietro o mi deve qualcosa, o mi deve restituire quello che io le o gli ho dato, non si tratta di un dono.

Montaigne

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Da "Essere amici" - Franco La Cecla


 
"If men were virtuous, they would not have friends."

Montaigne

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"Se gli uomini fossero virtuosi, non avrebbero amici."

Montaigne

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It is not the product of their labors to which the workers have a right. It is the satisfaction of their needs, whatever the nature of those needs.
-- Joseph Dejacque

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We need do no more than repeat: only under communism does the individual become himself and lead his own life.
-- Johann Most

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Every state is a despotism.
-- Max Stirner

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Parliament: A compound word from "parler" (to speak) and "mentir" (to lie).
-- Anonymous

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A government that shall punish all vices impartially is so obviously an impossibility, that nobody was ever found, or ever will be found, foolish enough to propose it.
-- Lysander Spooner

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It is by means of my vices that I understand yours.
Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882) American essayist, lecturer, poet
Journal (Spring-Summer 1844)

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They continued to mount the winding staircase. A high wind, blowing through the loopholes, went rushing up the shaft, and filled the girl’s skirts like a balloon, so that she was ashamed, until he took the hem of her dress and held it down for her. He did it perfectly simply, as he would have picked up her glove. She remembered this always.
David Herbert "D. H." Lawrence (1885-1930) English novelist
Sons and Lovers, Part 2, ch. 7 “Lad-and-Girl Love” (1913)

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Sons and Lovers, Part 2, ch. 7 “Lad-and-Girl Love” (1913)


 
What man actually needs is not a tensionless state but rather the striving and struggling for a worthwhile goal, a freely chosen task.
Viktor Frankl (1905-1997) German-American psychologist, writer
Man’s Search for Meaning, Part 2 (1946)

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Never apologize for showing feeling, my friend. Remember that when you do so, you apologize for truth.
Benjamin Disraeli (1804-1881) English politician and author
Contarini Fleming, ch. 13 (1832)

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Contarini Fleming, ch. 13 (1832)


 
I want
to think again of dangerous and noble things.
I want to be light and frolicsome.
I want to be improbable beautiful and afraid of nothing,
as though I had wings.
Mary Oliver (b. 1935) American poet
“Starlings in Winter”

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Organised religion has corrupted one of the purest, most powerful and sustaining things in the human condition. It has imposed a middle management, not only in our politics and in our finances, but in our spirituality as well.
-- Alan Moore

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What is freedom? To have the will to be responsible for one's self.
-- Max Stirner

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Freedom means more than the right to change masters.
-- Bob Black

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Is anarchism desirable? Well, who does not seek freedom? What man, unless willing to declare himself in bondage, would care to call any control agreeable? Think about it!
-- Johann Most

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Once for all, then, we are not opposed to the punishment of thieves and murderers; we are opposed to their manufacture.
-- Benjamin Tucker

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Arrangements to make people pay for using a program, including licensing of copies, always incur a tremendous cost to society through the cumbersome mechanisms necessary to figure out how much (that is, which programs) a person must pay for. And only a police state can force everyone to obey them.
-- Richard Stallman

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The people themselves, and only the people, determine the rhythm of our fight.
-- Frederica Montseny

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Whether individually or as a countless mass, man finds himself at the mercy of this band of drones going under the name of "governors and masters," when in reality they are nothing but straightforward exploiters and oppressors.
-- Nestor Makhno

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It is not a crumb of bread, but the harvest of the entire world that the human race needs, without exploiters and without exploited.
-- Louise Michel

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Value your freedom or you will lose it, teaches history. "Don't bother us with politics," respond those who don't want to learn.
-- Richard Stallman

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The struggle is so great that the triumph over fascism alone is worth the sacrifice of our lives.
-- Frederica Montseny

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Armies are necessary, before all things, for the defense of governments from their own oppressed and enslaved subjects.
-- Leo Tolstoy

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It is often said that anarchists live in a world of dreams to come, and do not see the things which happen today. We do see them only too well, and in their true colors, and that is what makes us carry the hatchet into the forest of prejudice that besets us.
-- Peter Kropotkin

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