The individual is the true reality in life. A cosmos in himself, he does not exist for the State, nor for that abstraction called society, or the nation, which is only a collection of individuals. Man, the individual, has always been and necessarily is the sole source and motive power of evolution and progress. Civilization has been a continuous struggle of the individual or of groups of individuals against the State and even against society, that is, against the majority subdued and hypnotized by the State and State worship.
Hey, got it that time!
This quote is the sort of thing that earned its author excommunication by Bookchin.
There are similarly interesting quotes throughout Bakunin:
“For, if we would not fall back into the liberticidal fiction of the public welfare represented by the State, a fiction always founded on the systematic sacrifice of the people, we must clearly recognize that collective liberty and prosperity exist only so far as they represent the sum of individual liberties and prosperities.”