May 30

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Quotes of the day from previous years:
All that we see or seem is but a dream within a dream. ~ Edgar Allan Poe
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 (born 30 May 1814)
I bow before the authority of special men because it is imposed on me by my own reason. I am conscious of my own inability to grasp, in all its detail, and positive development, any very large portion of human knowledge. The greatest intelligence would not be equal to a comprehension of the whole... I receive and I give — such is human life. Each directs and is directed in his turn. Therefore there is no fixed and constant authority, but a continual exchange of mutual, temporary, and, above all, voluntary authority and subordination. ~ Mikhail Bakunin (born 30 May 1814)
I myself am human and free only to the extent that I acknowledge the humanity and liberty of all my fellows... I am properly free when all the men and women about me are equally free. Far from being a limitation or a denial of my liberty, the liberty of another is its necessary condition and confirmation. ~ Mikhail Bakunin
By striving to do the impossible, man has always achieved what is possible. ~ Mikhail Bakunin (born 30 May 1814)


When the people are being beaten with a stick, they are not much happier if it is called "the People's Stick." ~ Mikhail Bakunin (born May 30)

  • 4 because a beating's a beating no matter what words are ascribed to it. Zarbon 05:50, 29 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 22:12, 29 May 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 22:50, 29 May 2008 (UTC)

The first revolt is against the supreme tyranny of theology, of the phantom of God. As long as we have a master in heaven, we will be slaves on earth. ~ Mikhail Bakunin (born May 30)

  • 3 because, as the quote implies, the image of God has been used to enslave many people, instill heavy belief, and target religions against each other. This quote is very true, because more negative has come from religious fanaticism instead of positive. The belief in itself makes all living beings susceptible to feeling as if they are slaves to one master, the creator, so to speak. This image is well painted by Bakunin in this single quote, regardless of whether or not I agree with it. Zarbon 05:50, 29 April 2008 (UTC)
  • 2 Kalki 22:12, 29 May 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 22:50, 29 May 2008 (UTC)

What all other men are is of the greatest importance to me. However independent I may imagine myself to be, however far removed I may appear from mundane considerations by my social status, I am enslaved to the misery of the meanest member of society. ~ Mikhail Bakunin

Even the most wretched individual of our present society could not exist and develop without the cumulative social efforts of countless generations. Thus the individual, his freedom and reason, are the products of society, and not vice versa: society is not the product of individuals comprising it; and the higher, the more fully the individual is developed, the greater his freedom — and the more he is the product of society, the more does he receive from society and the greater his debt to it. ~ Mikhail Bakunin

The freedom of all is essential to my freedom. ~ Mikhail Bakunin

  • 2 Zarbon 16:03, 29 May 2008 (UTC)
  • 3 Kalki 22:12, 29 May 2008 (UTC) (though this might be a variant translation of a statement already used within a larger quote.)
  • 3 InvisibleSun 22:50, 29 May 2008 (UTC)

A person is strong only when he stands upon his own truth, when he speaks and acts from his deepest convictions. Then, whatever the situation he may be in, he always knows what he must say and do. He may fall, but he cannot bring shame upon himself or his causes. ~ Mikhail Bakunin

Everything will pass, and the world will perish, but the Ninth Symphony will remain. ~ Mikhail Bakunin

No one can want to destroy without having some idea, true or false, of the order of things that should, according to him or her, replace what presently exists. ~ Mikhail Bakunin