​​“In all times and in all places, whatever may be the name that the government takes, whatever has been its origin, or its organization, its essential function is always that of oppressing and exploiting the masses, and of defending the oppressors and exploiters. Its principal characteristic and indispensable instruments are the bailiff and the tax collector, the soldier and the prison. And to these are necessarily added the time-serving priest or teacher, as the case may be, supported and protected by the government, to render the spirit of the people servile and make them docile under the yoke.” 
― Errico Malatesta, Anarchy

“Impossibility never prevented anything from happening.” 
― Errico Malatesta

“By anarchist spirit I mean that deeply human sentiment, which aims at the good of all, freedom and justice for all, solidarity and love among the people; which is not an exclusive characteristic only of self-declared anarchists, but inspires all people who have a generous heart and an open mind.” 
― Errico Malatesta

“The freedom we want, for ourselves and for others, is not an absolute metaphysical, abstract freedom which in practice is inevitably translated into the oppression of the weak; but it is real freedom, possible freedom, which is the conscious community of interests, voluntary solidarity.” 
― Errico Malatesta

“There is among us a tendency to consider true, good and fine everything that appears under the agreeable cloak of revolt against the accepted “truths”, especially if supported by people who are, or call themselves, anarchists. This shows a deficiency of that spirit of investigation and criticism that should be maximally developed in anarchists.” 
― Errico Malatesta, Democracy is a lie: thoughts and notes on Anarchism.

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Errico Malatesta


“We anarchists do not want to emancipate the people; we want the people to emancipate themselves.” 
― Errico Malatesta

“Hate does not produce love, and by hate one cannot remake the world.” 
― Errico Malatesta