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It’s not the government I want, but it’s better than anarchy.
  the complete absence of political authority; or more generally, complete absence of order
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Strongly Associated with:   anarchist
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  • It’s not the government I want, but it’s better than anarchy.
  • I don’t like enforcing that law, but I prefer it to anarchy.
  • During the anarchy of the Middle Ages, every man was compelled to look upon war as his natural occupation, if he hoped to preserve life or property.
    Bayard Tuckerman  --  A History of English Prose Fiction
  • ...unless we wish anarchy to prevail within the federal judicial system, a precedent of this Court must be followed by the lower federal courts no matter how misguided the judges of those courts may think it to be.
    William H. Rehnquist  writing the majority opinion for the Supreme Court  --  Hutto v. Davis, 454 U.S. 375 (1982)

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  • Whenever governments fall, anarchy ensues if a new order is not put in place immediately.
  • It was chaos, anarchy.
    Dave Eggers  --  Zeitoun
  • Anarchy in the U.K., I love it.
    Christina Garcia  --  Dreaming in Cuban
  • What anarchy is this?
    Arthur Miller  --  The Crucible
  • Only the tribe’s principles of honor stand in the way of anarchy.
    Marcus Luttrell  --  Lone Survivor
  • Things Fall Apart; the centre cannot hold;
    Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world.
    Chinua Achebe  --  Things Fall Apart

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  • Until it knows its rank for certain, the animal lives a life of unbearable anarchy.
    Yann Martel  --  Life of Pi
  • Finny’s life was ruled by inspiration and anarchy,
    John Knowles  --  A Separate Peace
  • Order blends into chaos, love into hate, ugliness into beauty, law into anarchy, civility into savagery.
    Tim O’Brien  --  The Things They Carried
  • War, hunger, anarchy, and oppression forced millions of people- like Tariq and his family in this tale-to abandon their homes and flee Afghanistan
    Khaled Hosseini  --  A Thousand Splendid Suns
  • Later, while Dad retreated to the living room and Mom fumed in the kitchen, the football boys from Coalwood gathered in Jim’s room, plotting futile anarchy.
    Homer Hickam  --  October Sky
  • What evils are not wrought by Anarchy!
    Sophocles  --  Antigone
  • Long live Anarchy and Liberty...
    Ernest Hemingway  --  For Whom the Bell Tolls
  • They were sick of the anarchy which had been their portion under Uther Pendragon:
    T. H. White  --  The Once and Future King
  • That would lead to anarchy.
    Martin Luther King, Jr.  --  Letter from a Birmingham Jail
  • A revolution swept across Mexico in 1910, precipitating a decade of civil war and anarchy.
    W. William Winokur  --  The Perfect Game
  • He had convinced himself that trashing the Trentons’ house had not been an act of half-mad jealous pique but a piece of revolutionary anarchy - offing a couple of fat middle-class pigs, the sort who made it easy for the fascist overlords to remain in power by blindly paying their taxes and their telephone bills.
    Stephen King  --  Cujo
  • Filling a place with people who had no hope and knew they were about to descend into a rotten, horrific spiral of insanity ended up creating some of the most wretched anarchic zones ever known to man.
    James Dashner  --  The Death Cure
  • Jace had never had that—he had recklessness, and the anarchic joy of imagined self-annihilation, but he was not a zealot.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Heavenly Fire
  • He had access to every door he encountered, but he also had an anarchic streak.
    Dave Eggers  --  The Circle
  • If she had lived there would have been anarchy.
    Malala Yousafzai  --  I Am Malala
  • The only thing I actually learned during this period was that, by comparison with the bureaucratic hierarchy in Ottawa, the scientific hierarchy was a brotherhood of anarchy.
    Farley Mowat  --  Never Cry Wolf
  • They were a strange mixture of innocence and determination and anarchy, making home-made bombs with nails and scraps of metal and at the same time delighted and proud of their uniforms of blue trousers with a stripe down the side, and tennis shoes.
    Michael Ondaatje  --  Running in the Family
  • You speak of anarchy and treason.
    Sarah J. Maas  --  Throne of Glass
  • "The central idea of secession," said Lincoln, "is the essence of anarchy."
    James M. McPherson  --  What They Fought For - 1861-1865
  • It would sow mayhem and anarchy.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eragon
  • The media is the right arm of anarchy.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • In the world Michael-Mary Graham inhabited, her mild liberalism, a residue of her Bohemian youth, and her posture of sensitive lady poet passed for anarchy.
    Toni Morrison  --  Song of Solomon
  • It was complete anarchy.
    Ralph Ellison  --  Invisible Man
  • Because he has masters, Elders like Hekate and the Witch of Endor, for example, who want the world to dissolve into chaos and anarchy.
    Micheal Scott  --  The Alchemyst
  • In the days of anarchy, it was freedom to.
    Margaret Atwood  --  The Handmaid’s Tale
  • "I say so," he continued desperately, "because the Bourbons fled from the Revolution leaving the people to anarchy, and Napoleon alone understood the Revolution and quelled it, and so for the general good, he could not stop short for the sake of one man’s life."
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • The borderers were more at home than others in this anarchic environment, which was well suited to their family system, their warrior ethic, their farming and herding economy, their attitudes toward land and wealth and their ideas of work and power.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Outliers
  • All through religion, the feeling of the sacred was touched by anarchy from the outer dark.
    Frank Herbert  --  Dune
  • However, we will remark by the way, everything was not ridiculous and superficial in that curious epoch to which we are alluding, and which may be designated as the anarchy of baptismal names.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • Short of anarchy he could not think of any chance that Nicole Warren deserved.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  Tender is the Night
  • Thus he chose to remember Hamlet’s abuse of Ophelia, but not Christ’s love of Mary Magdalene; Hamlet’s frivolous politics, but not Christ’s serious anarchy.
    Toni Morrison  --  The Bluest Eye
  • Soon, more windows will be broken, and the sense of anarchy will spread from the building to the street on which it faces, sending a signal that anything goes.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  The Tipping Point
  • As a totality, this was symbolic anarchy—a bowl of alphabet soup whose letters came from dozens of different languages, cultures, and time periods.
    Dan Brown  --  The Lost Symbol
  • Finally a few consented, especially if it meant an improvement over the anarchy of scrawl.
    Luis J. Rodriguez  --  Always Running
  • Turning and turning in the widening gyre The falcon cannot hear the falconer; Things fall apart; the center cannot hold; Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world, The hlood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere The ceremony of innocence is drowned.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into Thin Air
  • It’s also one of those bad days at Ballou, when anarchy is loosed and it suddenly becomes clear to kids, teachers, and administrators-all at once-that no one is even remotely in charge.
    Ron Suskind  --  A Hope in the Unseen
  • And we constantly find individuals, or even whole nations, that claim this ’natural right’ when they rebel against anarchy, servitude, and oppression.
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie’s World
  • Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,/The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere/The ceremony of innocence is drowned;/The best lack all conviction, while the worst/Are full of passionate intensity.
    Greg Mortenson & David Oliver Relin  --  Three Cups of Tea
  • Thus we have two great and hardly reconcilable streams of thought and ethical strivings; the danger of the one lies in anarchy, that of the other in hypocrisy.
    W. E. B. Du Bois  --  The Souls of Black Folk
  • Before their eyes in sudden view appear The secrets of the hoary Deep—a dark Illimitable ocean, without bound, Without dimension; where length, breadth, and height, And time, and place, are lost; where eldest Night And Chaos, ancestors of Nature, hold Eternal anarchy, amidst the noise Of endless wars, and by confusion stand.
    John Milton  --  Paradise Lost
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