Errico Malatesta Quotes (4 quotes)
“We anarchists do not want to emancipate the people; we want the people to emancipate themselves.”
l'Agitazione (18 June 1897)
“We follow ideas and not men, and rebel against this habit of embodying a principle in a man.”
Speech to International Anarchist Congress (1907)
“They who lack talent expect things to happen without effort. They ascribe failure to a lack of inspiration or ability, or to misfortune, rather than to insufficient application. At the core of every true talent there is an awareness of the difficulties inherent in any achievement, and the confidence that by persistence and patience something worthwhile will be realized. Thus talent is a species of vigor.”
Between the Devil and the Dragon: The Best Essays and Aphorisms of Eric Hoffer (Harper & Row, 1982), p. 67
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Picture Source: Wikimedia CommonsErrico Malatesta
Born: December 14, 1853
Died: July 22, 1932 (aged 78)
Occupation: Activist, writer, revolutionary
Bio: Errico Malatesta was an Italian anarcho-communist. He was an insurrectionary anarchist early in his life. He spent much of his life exiled from his homeland of Italy and in total spent more than ten years in prison. He wrote and edited a number of radical newspapers and was also a friend of Mikhail Bakunin. He was an enormously popular figure in his time.