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The State calls its own violence, law; but that of the individual, crime.
Whoever will be free must make himself free. Freedom is no fairy gift to fall into a man's lap. What is freedom? To have the will to be responsible for one's self.
Freedom cannot be granted. It must be taken.
Whoso is full of sacred (religious, moral, humane) love loves only the spook, the "true man," and persecutes with dull mercilessness the individual, the real man.
We don't call it sin today, we call it self-expression.
Religion itself is without genius. There is no religious genius and no one would be permitted to distinguish between the talented and the untalented in religion.
My power is my property. My power gives me property. My power am I myself, and through it am I my property.
If it is right for me, it is right. It is possible that it is wrong for others: let them take care of themselves!
A race of altruists is necessarily a race of slaves. A race of free men is necessarily a race of egoists.
Whoever is a complete person does not need to be an authority.
He who is infatuated with Man leaves persons out of account so far as that infatuation extends, and floats in an ideal, sacred interest. Man, you see, is not a person, but an ideal, a spook.
People is the name of the body, State of the spirit, of that ruling person that has hitherto suppressed me.
The young are of age when they twitter like the old; they are driven through school to learn the old song, and, when they have this by heart, they are declared of age.
Man has not really vanquished Shamanism and its spooks till he possesses the strength to lay aside not only the belief in ghosts or in spirits, but also the belief in the spirit.
Nothing is more to me than myself.
Everything sacred is a tie, a fetter.
The people is dead! Good-day, Self!
One is not worthy to have what one, through weakness, lets be taken from him; one is not worthy of it because one is not capable of it.
The object of the state is always the same: to limit the individual, to tame him, to subordinate him, to subjugate him.
Property exists by grace of the law. It is not a fact, but a legal fiction.
Might is a fine thing, and useful for many purposes; for "one goes further with a handful of might than with a bagful of right."
Whoever knows how to take, to defend, the thing, to him belongs property.
Every State is a despotism, be the despot one or many.
What I have in my power, that is my own. So long as I assert myself as holder, I am the proprietor of the thing.
The people’s good fortune is my misfortune!
The State practices "violence," the individual must not do so. The state's behavior is violence, and it calls its violence "law"; that of the individual, "crime".
Thus the radii of all education run together into one center which is called personality.
Crimes spring from fixed ideas.
If the child has not an object that it can occupy itself with, it feels ennui; for it does not yet know how to occupy itself with itself.
It is not recognized in the full amplitude of the word that all freedom is essentially self-liberation - that I can have only so much freedom as I procure for myself by my owness.
God sinks into dust before man.
The men of the future will yet fight their way to many a liberty that we do not even miss.
The freedom of man is, in political liberalism, freedom from persons, from personal dominion, from the master; the securing of each individual person against other persons, personal freedom.
He who must expend his life to prolong life cannot enjoy it, and he who is still seeking for his life does not have it and can as little enjoy it.
We do not aspire to communal life but to a life apart.
Let us look and see, then, how they manage their concerns - they for whose cause we are to labour, devote ourselves, and grow enthusiastic.
Only the free and personal man is a good citizen (realist), and even with the lack of particular (scholarly, artistic, etc)culture, a tasteful judge (humanist).
What matters the party to me? I shall find enough anyhow who unite with me without swearing allegiance to my flag.
Liberty of the people is not my liberty!
Man with the great M is only an ideal, the species only something thought of.
Now why, if freedom is striven after for love of the I after all - why not choose the I himself as beginning, middle, and end?
Property exists by grace of the law. It is not a fact but a legal fiction.
The great are great only because we are on our knees. Let us rise!
Our athiests are pious people.
The state calls its own violence law, but that of the individual, crime.