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  • The republic, as I at least understand it, means association, of which liberty is only an element, a necessary antecedent. It means association, a new philosophy of life, a divine Ideal that shall move the world, the only means of regeneration vouchsafed to the human race.
    Giuseppe Mazzini (1805-1872), Italian nationalist leader. Faith and the Future, sct. 1 (1835), trans. in Essays by Joseph Mazzini, ed. Bolton King (1894).

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  • Insurrection—by means of guerrilla bands—is the true method of warfare for all nations desirous of emancipating themselves from a foreign yoke ... It is invincible, indestructible.
    Giuseppe Mazzini (1805-1872), Italian nationalist leader. General Instructions for the Members of Young Italy, sct. 4 (1831).
  • The theory of rights enables us to rise and overthrow obstacles, but not to found a strong and lasting accord between all the elements which compose the nation.
    Giuseppe Mazzini (1805-1872), Italian nationalist leader. The Duties of Man, ch. 1 (1844-1858, trans. 1907).
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