As a passionate lover of truth, beauty and liberty, the anarchist struggles for the establishment of an environment within which individuals would be free from all constraint and all authority outside of themselves, an environment in which each individual could rid themselves of all the metaphysical ideas to which, even today, they feel bound to sacrifice themselves. […]
Ah! that word anarchy appeared to me for a long time, in the days of my youth, as a sort of myth.
The change that has occurred in my mindset has not changed my opinion on the grandeur of the word and the beauty of the thing. My aim is still and always to work, to struggle, to hasten the coming of the anarchist life—a life without authority, without obligation, without brutality; a gentle, tolerant, normal, natural life, where people will learn to understand one another. […]
My dear Armand, your book is a book of ideas, which is why those who wish to reign by the sword or by the power of their fists do not value it. I, preserving the ideal of my younger years, I like its dawn-air, which breaks as if to illuminate the helpless vessels that the surf carries off … And, fleeing the ebb of human stupidity, endlessly multiplied, how many sailors lost on the granite rocks, how many tormented minds and hearts full of sorrow, will one day to “put in at the port,” if by you aid their “compass” once again finds the north! […]
Albert Soubervielle, “Espoir,” L’idée anarchist No. 5 (May 8, 1924): 2. Working translation by Shawn P. Wilbur
Gaston Leval, “Le chemin de l’anarchisme,” L’idée anarchiste No. 4 (May 8, 1924): 1–2. [Working translation by Shawn P. Wilbur]
Claude Journet, “L’Anarchie et les Anarchistes,” L’idée anarchiste No. 12 (September 12, 1924): 5. [Working translation by Shawn P. Wilbur]
Source: L’Universe no. 11,097 (June 17, 1898): 3.
Gazette Anecdotique 7 (April 15, 1892): 193–194.
Le Petit Parisien 17 no. 5819 (October 2, 1892): 2.