Mikhail Bakunin Quote

I bow before the authority of special men because it is imposed upon me by my own reason. I am conscious of my inability to grasp, in all its details and positive developments, any very large portion of human knowledge. The greatest intelligence would not be equal to a comprehension of the whole. Thence results, for science as well as for industry, the necessity of the division and association of labor. 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.


God and the State (1871; publ. 1882)

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I bow before the authority of special men because it is imposed upon me by my own reason. I am conscious of my inability to grasp, in all its details ...

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I bow before the authority of special men because it is imposed upon me by my own reason. I am conscious of my inability to grasp, in all its details ...

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I bow before the authority of special men because it is imposed upon me by my own reason. I am conscious of my inability to grasp, in all its details ...

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I bow before the authority of special men because it is imposed upon me by my own reason. I am conscious of my inability to grasp, in all its details ...