- Anarchism is the only philosophy which brings to man the consciousness of himself; which maintains that God, the State, and society are non-existent, that their promises are null and void, since they can be fullfilled only through man's subordination.
- Love, the strongest and deepest element in all life, the
harbinger of hope, of joy, of ecstasy; love, the defier of all laws, of
all conventions; love, the freest, the most powerful moulder of human
destiny; how can such an all-compelling force be synonymous with that
poor little State and Church-begotten weed, marriage? Free love? As if love is anything but free! Man has bought brains,
but all the millions in the world have failed to buy love. Man has
subdued bodies, but all the power on earth has been unable to subdue
love. Man has conquered whole nations, but all his armies could not
conquer love. Man has chained and fettered the spirit, but he has been
utterly helpless before love. High on a throne, with all the splendor
and pomp his gold can command, man is yet poor and desolate, if love
passes him by. And if it stays, the poorest hovel is radiant with
warmth, with life and color. Thus love has the magic power to make of a
beggar a king. Yes, love is free; it can dwell in no other atmosphere.
- "Marriage and Love" in Anarchism and Other Essays (1911)
- The average mind is slow in grasping a truth, but when the most thoroughly organized, centralized institution, maintained at an excessive national expense, has proven a complete social failure, the dullest must begin to question its right to exist. The time is past when we can be content with our social fabric merely because it is "ordained by divine right," or by the majesty of the law.