Anarchy Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old anarchy quotes, anarchy sayings, and anarchy proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


Kids are anarchy writ large.     

Jeffrey Kluger

Hunger is the mother of anarchy.     

Herbert Hoover

The media is the right arm of anarchy.     

Dan Brown

Anarchy is merely the illusion of liberty.     

Stephan Attia

Anarchy is order, government is civil war.     

Pierre-Joseph Proudhon

Anarchy is the only slight glimmer of hope.     

Mick Jagger

Democracy leads to anarchy, which is mob rule.     

Plato

Anarchy is the stepping stone to absolute power.     

Napoleon Bonaparte

In morals as in politics anarchy is not for the weak.     

Mary Mccarthy

Why anarchy? Because anything less would be uncivilized.     

Jeffrey Tucker

Anarchy is as detestable in grammar as it is in society.     

Maurice Druon

Without real nonviolence, there would be perfect anarchy.     

Mahatma Gandhi

Anarchy doesn't mean out of control; it means out of their control.     

Jim Dodge

In times of anarchy one may seem a despot in order to be a saviour.     

Victor de Riqueti

The mischiefs of anarchy have been equaled by the mischiefs of government.     

Henry Ward Beecher

The anarchy that threatens a degrading society is not its punishment, but its remedy.     

Nicolás Gómez Dávila

A culture without property, or in which creators can't get paid, is anarchy, not freedom.     

Lawrence Lessig

Anarchy raised its seductive head. He could do anything; there was nothing that was not allowed.     

Paul Russell

Tyranny and anarchy are alike incompatible with freedom, security, and the enjoyment of opportunity.     

Jeane Kirkpatrick

Anarchy could never get a man to the moon, but it may the only mode that can allow us to survive on earth.     

Sheldon B. Kopp

It is not honest inquiry that makes anarchy; but it is error, insincerity, half belief and untruth that make it.     

Thomas Carlyle

Anarchy is like custard cooking over a flame; it has to be constantly stirred or it sticks and gets heavy, like government.     

Tom Robbins

Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world, the blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere the ceremony of innocence is drowned.     

William Butler Yeats

Innocence is drowned in anarchy. The best lack conviction given time to think, and the worst are full of passion without mercy.     

Joni Mitchell

Sadly, anarchy has gotten such a bad name. We don't really see much evidence of it because people associate it with reckless abandon.     

Bell Hooks

Anarchy is no guarantee that some people won't kill, injure, kidnap, defraud, or steal from others. Government is a guarantee that some will.     

Gustave de Molinari

People, if given the choice between anarchy and dictatorship, will always choose dictatorship because anarchy is the worst dictatorship of all.     

Eric Sevareid

Liberty begets anarchy, anarchy leads to despotism, and despotism brings about liberty once again. Millions of human beings have perished without being able to make any of these systems triumph.     

Honoré de Balzac

Without anarchy, there would be chaos.     

Jeffrey Tucker

Tyranny and anarchy are never far apart.     

Jeremy Bentham

In anarchy there is no automatic harmony.     

Kenneth Waltz

Whenever government abandons law, it proclaims anarchy.     

Edmund Burke

The ideally non-violent state will be an ordered anarchy.     

Mahatma Gandhi

Anarchy is a state of society where the only government is reason.     

Michael Schwab

When anarchy is declared, the first thing we do, let's kill all the anarchists.     

Craig Bruce

If anarchy is chaos, and chaos is war, why wasn't a single war started by anarchists?     

Jakub Bożydar Wiśniewski

Anarchy is the sure consequence of tyranny; for no power that is not limited by laws can ever be protected by them.     

John Milton

Lawlessness is lawlessness. Anarchy is anarchy is anarchy. Neither race nor color nor frustration is an excuse for either lawlessness or anarchy.     

Thurgood Marshall

Anarchy is a function, not of a society's simplicity and lack of social organization, but of it's complexity and multiplicity of social organizations.     

Colin Ward

We have to claim anarchy and realize that systems have a life of their own that is anti-humanist. There is definitely an anti-humanist tendency in all systems.     

Terence McKenna

Anarchy is law and freedom without force. Despotism is law and force without freedom. Barbarism force without freedom and law. Republicanism is force with freedom and law.     

Immanuel Kant

There are different forms of anarchy and different currents in it. I must, first say very simply what anarchy I have in view. By anarchy I mean first an absolute rejection of violence.     

Jacques Ellul