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