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    pierre-joseph proudhon Quotes

    Of my private life I have nothing to say: it does not concern others. I have always had little liking for autobiographies and have no interest in anyone's affairs. History proper and novels hold no attractions for me except insofar as, I can discern there, as within our immortal Revolution, the adventures of the mind.
    — Pierre-Joseph Proudhon
    Does it seem to you impossible to imagine anything more inextricable than the social contract, when you think of the frightful number of relations that it must regulate - something like squaring the circle, or finding perpetual motion? That is the reason why, wearied of the struggle, you fall back on absolutism and force.
    — Pierre-Joseph Proudhon
    Communism is a society where each one works according to his abilities and gets according to his needs.
    — Pierre-Joseph Proudhon
    tags: work  society  communism 
     
    Whoever lays his hand on me to govern me is a usurper and tyrant, and I declare him my enemy.
    — Pierre-Joseph Proudhon
    tags: enemies  enemy 
     
    Anarchy is... a form of government or constitution in which public and private consciousness, formed through the development of science and law, is alone sufficient to maintain order and guarantee all liberties.
    — Pierre-Joseph Proudhon
    If one were to ask. . ."What is slavery?" and I should answer in one word, "murder," my meaning would be understood at once. Why, then, to this other question: "What is property?" may I not likewise answer, "theft". . .?
    — Pierre-Joseph Proudhon
    tags: meaning 
     
    The proprietor, producing neither by his own labor nor by his implement, and receiving products in exchange for nothing, is either a parasite or a thief.
    — Pierre-Joseph Proudhon
    The great are only great because we are on our knees. Let us rise!
    — Pierre-Joseph Proudhon
    I build no system. I ask an end to privilege, the abolition of slavery, equality of rights, and the reign of law. Justice, nothing else; that is the alpha and omega of my argument: to others I leave the business of governing the world.
    — Pierre-Joseph Proudhon
    The newspapers are the cemeteries of ideas.
    — Pierre-Joseph Proudhon
    tags: ideas 
     
    Communism is inequality, but not as property is. Property is exploitation of the weak by the strong. Communism is exploitation of the strong by the weak.
    — Pierre-Joseph Proudhon
    I do not wish to be either governor nor governed!
    — Pierre-Joseph Proudhon
    tags: wishes 
     
    the government can do nothing for you. But you can do everything for yourselves
    — Pierre-Joseph Proudhon
    tags: government 
     
    In any given society the authority of man over man runs in inverse proportion to the intellectual development of that society.
    — Pierre-Joseph Proudhon
    The social revolution is seriously compromised if it comes through a political revolution.
    — Pierre-Joseph Proudhon
    I stand ready to negotiate, but I want no part of laws: I acknowledge none; I protest against every order with which some authority may feel pleased on the basis of some alleged necessity to over-rule my free will. Laws: We know what they are, and what they are worth! They are spider webs for the rich and mighty, steel chains for the poor and weak, fishing nets in the hands of government.
    — Pierre-Joseph Proudhon
    Communism is exploitation of the strong by the weak.
    — Pierre-Joseph Proudhon
    tags: strong  communism 
     
    The possessions of the rich are stolen property.
    — Pierre-Joseph Proudhon
    tags: property 
     
    To be governed ... is to be watched, inspected, directed, indoctrinated, numbered, estimated, regulated, commanded, controlled, law-driven, preached at, spied upon, censured, checked, valued, enrolled - by creatures who have neither the right, nor the wisdom, nor the virtue to do so.
    — Pierre-Joseph Proudhon
    tags: right  virtue  wisdom 
     
    When deeds speak, words are nothing.
    — Pierre-Joseph Proudhon
    Democracy is nothing but the Tyranny of Majorities, the most abominable tyranny of all, for it is not based on the authority of a religion, not upon the nobility of a race, not on the merits of talents and of riches. It merely rests upon numbers and hides behind the name of the people.
    — Pierre-Joseph Proudhon
    Laws: We know what they are, and what they are worth! They are spider webs for the rich and mighty, steel chains for the poor and weak, fishing nets in the hands of government.
    — Pierre-Joseph Proudhon
    tags: poor  government 
     
    As soon as I set foot in the parliamentary Sinai, I ceased to be in touch with the masses.
    — Pierre-Joseph Proudhon
    Communism-the first expression of the social nature-is the first term of social development-the thesis; property, the reverse of communism, is the second term-the antithesis. When we have discovered the third term, the synthesis, we shall have the required solution.
    — Pierre-Joseph Proudhon
    Producer and consumer are always one and the same person, merely considered from two different viewpoints.
    — Pierre-Joseph Proudhon
    tags: people 
     
    All men in their hearts, I say, bear witness to these truths; they need only to be made to understand it.
    — Pierre-Joseph Proudhon
    tags: men  heart 
     
    it is the liberty that is the mother, not the daughter, of order.
    — Pierre-Joseph Proudhon
    tags: liberty  mother  daughter 
     
    It is a proof of philosophical mediocrity, today, to look for a philosophy.
    — Pierre-Joseph Proudhon
    AXIOM. - Property is the Right of Increase claimed by the Proprietor over any thing which he has stamped as his own.
    — Pierre-Joseph Proudhon
    tags: right  property 
     
    To name a thing is easy: the difficulty is to discern it before its appearance.
    — Pierre-Joseph Proudhon
    The faults of which we ask you [God] the remittance, it is you who make us commit them; the traps of which we implore you to deliver us, it is you who has set them for us; and the Satan which surrounds us, this Satan, it is you.
    — Pierre-Joseph Proudhon
    tags: satan 
     
    Universal suffrage is counter-revolution.
    — Pierre-Joseph Proudhon
    All my economic ideas as developed over twenty-five years can be summed up in the words: agricultural-industrial federation. All my political ideas boil down to a similar formula: political federation or decentralization.
    — Pierre-Joseph Proudhon
    All parties without exception, when they seek for power, are varieties of absolutism.
    — Pierre-Joseph Proudhon
    tags: power 
     
    The elements of justice are identical with those of algebra.
    — Pierre-Joseph Proudhon
    tags: justice 
     
    The idea of God is the type and foundation of the principle of authority and absolutism, which it is our task to destroy or at least to subordinate wherever it manifests itself.
    — Pierre-Joseph Proudhon
    tags: authority  god  ideas 
     
    As man seeks justice in equality, so society seeks order in anarchy.
    — Pierre-Joseph Proudhon
    Justice is a faculty that may be developed. This development is what constitutes the education of the human race.
    — Pierre-Joseph Proudhon
    We want property, but property restored to its proper limits, that is to say, free distribution of the products of labour, property minus usury!
    — Pierre-Joseph Proudhon
    tags: property 
     
    A common danger tends to concord. Communism is the exploitation of the strong by the weak. In Communism, inequality comes from placing mediocrity on a level with excellence.
    — Pierre-Joseph Proudhon
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