Past Quotes of the Week

Our revolution must be an immediate revolution in our daily lives; anything else is not a revolution, but a demand that people once again do what they do not what to do and hope that that this time, somehow, the compensation will be enough.
- From Days of War, Nights of Love

If we are afraid to fight for our freedom, then we have already
-Disorderly Conduct

Until our most fantastic demands are met, fantasy will be at war with society. Society will attempt the supression of fantasy, but fantasy will spring up again and again, infecting the youth, waging urban guerrilla warfare, sabotaging the smooth functioning of bureacracies, waylaying the typist on her way to the water-cooler, kidnapping the executive between the office and home, hiding in the chambers of high office, gradually tightening its control, eventually emerging into the streets, waging pitched battles and winning (its victory is inevitable).

We are the vanguard of fantasy.

Where we live is liberated territory in which fantasy moves about freely at all hours of the day, from which it mounts its attacks on occupied territory.

My utopia is an environment that works so well we can run wild in it.

We are all undesirables. We are full of optimism. We are the future.
- Disorderly Conduct

Everyone can feel the nothingness, the void, just beneath the surface of everyday routines and securities.
- John Zerzan

That the mass bleeds, that it is being robbed and exploited, I know as well as our vote-baiters. But I insist that not the handful of parasites, but the mass itself is responsible for this horrible state of affairs. It clings to its masters, loves the whip, and is the first to cry Crucify! the moment a protesting voice is raised against the sacredness of capitalistic authority or any other decayed institution. Yet how long would authority and private property exist, if not for the willingness of the mass to become soldiers, policemen, jailers, and hangmen.
- Emma Goldman

Yes, authority, coercion, and dependence rest on the mass, but never freedom or the free unfoldment of the individual, never the birth of a free society. The Socialist demagogues know that as well as I, but they maintain the myth of the virtues of the majority, because their very scheme of life means the perpetuation of power.
- Emma Goldman

The reasonable man adapts himself to the world: the unreasonable one tries to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.
- George Bernard Shaw

Warning: The word "revolution," which is used constantly throughout these pages with an unironic naiveté, may be amusing or off-putting to the modern reader, convinced as he is that effective resistance to the status quo is impossible and therefore not even worth considering. Gentle reader, we ask that you suspend your disbelief long enough to at least contemplate whether or not such a thing would be worthwhile if it were possible; and then that you suspend it further, long enough to recognize this disbelief for what it is - despair!
- From Days of War, Nights of Love.

What is freedom? What is slavery? Does man's freedom consist in revolting against all laws? We say No, in so far as laws are natural, economic, and social laws, not authoritatively imposed but inherent in things, in relations, in situations, the natural development of which is expressed by those laws. We say Yes if they are political and juridical laws, imposed by men upon men: whether violently by the right of force; whether by deceit and hypocrisy - in the name of religion or any doctrine whatever; or finally, by dint of the fiction, the democratic falsehood called universal suffrage.
- Mikhail Bakunin

Life will not be a pyramid with the apex sustained by the bottom, but an oceanic circle whose centre will be the individual.
Mahatma Gandhi

In this day of wonders no one will say that a thing or an idea is worthless because it is new. To say it is impossible because it is difficult is again not in consonance with the spirit of the age. Things undreamt of are daily being seen, the impossible is ever becoming possible.
- Mahatma Gandhi

It's sadly predictable that the only way you can come up with a way to celebrate the liberation you feel at leaving the old system behind is by coming up with a "system of liberation", as if such a thing could exist - but that's what we can expect from those who have never known anything other than systems and systematizing, I guess.
- Mao Tse-Tung's Mistress (written shortly after the cultural revolution)

We can either passively continue on the road to utter domestication and destruction or turn in the direction of joyful upheaval, passionate and feral embrace of wildness and life that aims at dancing on the ruins of clocks, computers and that failure of imagination and will called work. Can we justify our lives by anything less than such a politics of rage and dreams?
- John Zerzan

It will be a marvellous thing - the true personality of man - when we see it. It will grow naturally and simply, flower-like, or as a tree grows. It will not be at discord. It will never argue or dispute. It will not prove things. It will know everything. And yet it will not busy itself about knowledge. It will have wisdom. It's value will not be measured by material things. It will have nothing. And yet it will have everything, and whatever one takes from it, it will still have, so rich will it be. It will not always be meddling with others, or asking them to be like itself. It will love them because they will be different. And yet while it will not meddle with others it will help all, as a beautiful thing helps us, by being what it is. The personality of man will be very wonderful. It will be as wonderful as the personality of a child.
- Oscar Wilde

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

Workers and their families may starve to death in the New World Order of economic rationality, but diamond necklaces are cheaper in elegant New York shops, thanks to the miracle of the market.
- Noam Chomsky

The State is a condition, a certain relationship between human beings, a mode of human behavior; we destroy it by contracting other relationships, by behaving differently.
- Gustav Landauer

Of all social theories Anarchism alone steadfastly proclaims that society exists for man, not man for society. The sole legitimate purpose of society is to serve the needs and advance the aspiration of the individual. Only by doing so can it justify its existence and be an aid to progress and culture.
- Emma Goldman

There is a time when the operation of the machine becomes so odious, makes you sick at heart, that you can't take part; you can't even passively take part, and you've got to put your bodies upon the gears and upon the wheels, upon the levers, upon all the apparatus, and you've got to make it stop. And you've got to indicate to the people who run it, to the people who own it, that unless you're free, the machine will be prevented from working at all!
- Mario Savio

People who talk about revolution and class struggle without referring explicitly to everyday life, without understanding what is subversive about love and what is positive in the refusal of constraints, such people have corpses in their mouths.
- Raoul Vaneigem

No theory, no ready-made system, no book that has ever been written will ever save the world. I cleave to no system, I am a true seeker.
- Mikhail Bakunin

An error does not become truth by reason of multiplied propagation, nor does the truth become error because nobody will see it.
- Mahatma Ghandi

At this stage of history, either...the general population will take control of its own destiny and will concern itself with community interests guided by values of solidarity and sympathy and concern for others or alternately there will be no destiny for anyone to control.
- Noam Chomsky

The genius of our ruling class is that it has kept a majority of the people from ever questioning the inequality of a system where most people drudge along, paying heavy taxes for which they get nothing in return.
- Gore Vidal

Only after the last tree has been cut down,
only after the last river has been poisoned,
only after the last fish has been caught,
only then will you realize that money cannot be eaten.
- The Cree People