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Emma Goldman Quotes

I hope you find these Emma Goldman Quotes inspiring and motivational.

No one has yet realized the wealth of sympathy,
the kindness and generosity hidden in the soul of a child.
The effort of every true education should be to unlock that treasure.
- Emma Goldman

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No real social change has ever been brought about without a revolution...
revolution is but thought carried into action.
- Emma Goldman

Morality and its victim, the mother -
what a terrible picture!
Is there indeed anything more terrible,
more criminal, than our glorified sacred function of motherhood?
- Emma Goldman

If voting changed anything, they'd make it illegal.
- Emma Goldman


 

It is essential that we realize once and for all that
man is much more of a sex creature than a moral creature.
The former is inherent, the other is grafted on.
- Emma Goldman

Women need not always keep their mouths shut and their wombs open.
- Emma Goldman

Politics is the reflex of the business and industrial world.
- Emma Goldman


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Idealists are foolish enough to throw caution to the winds.
They have advanced mankind and have enriched the world.
- Emma Goldman

The demand for equal rights in every vocation of life is just and fair;
but,
after all, the most vital right is the right to love and be loved.
- Emma Goldman

Anarchism is the great liberator of man from the phantoms
that have held him captive;
it is the arbiter and pacifier of the two forces for
individual and social harmony.
- Emma Goldman

If I can't dance, I don't want to be part of your revolution.
- Emma Goldman

When we can't dream any longer we die.
- Emma Goldman

Prostitution, although hounded, imprisoned,
and chained, is nevertheless the greatest triumph of Puritanism.
- Emma Goldman

Every daring attempt to make a great change in existing conditions,
every lofty vision of new possibilities for the human race,
has been labeled Utopian.
- Emma Goldman

The individual whose vision encompasses the whole world
often feels nowhere so hedged in and out of touch with
his surroundings as in his native land.
- Emma Goldman

Free love? as if love is anything but free.
Man has bought brains, but all the millions in the
world have failed to buy love.
- Emma Goldman

If love does not know how to give and take without restrictions,
it is not love, but a transaction that never fails
to lay stress on a plus and a minus.
- Emma Goldman

The ultimate end of all revolutionary social change
is to establish the sanctity of human life,
the dignity of man, the right of every human being
to liberty and well-being.
- Emma Goldman

Heaven must be an awfully dull place if the poor in spirit live there.
- Emma Goldman

The most violent element in society is ignorance.
- Emma Goldman

To the moralist prostitution does not consist so much
in the fact that the woman sells her body,
but rather that she sells it out of wedlock.
- Emma Goldman

The motto should not be: Forgive one another;
rather understand one another.
- Emma Goldman

There is no hope even that woman, with her right to vote,
will ever purify politics.
- Emma Goldman

Woman, essentially a purist, is naturally bigoted and
relentless in her effort to make others as good as
she thinks they ought to be.
- Emma Goldman

The most unpardonable sin in society is independence of thought.
- Emma Goldman

I'd rather have roses on my table than diamonds on my neck.
- Emma Goldman

On rare occasions one does hear of a miraculous case
of a married couple falling in love after marriage,
but on close examination it will be found that it is
a mere adjustment to the inevitable.
- Emma Goldman

Crime is naught but misdirected energy.
- Emma Goldman

The State is the altar of political freedom and,
like the religious altar, it is maintained for the
purpose of human sacrifice.
- Emma Goldman

The political arena leaves one no alternative,
one must either be a dunce or a rogue.
- Emma Goldman

Before we can forgive one another, we have to understand one another.
- Emma Goldman

All claims of education notwithstanding,
the pupil will accept only that which his mind craves.
- Emma Goldman

One cannot be too extreme in dealing with social ills;
the extreme thing is generally the true thing.
- Emma Goldman

Direct action is the logical, consistent method of Anarchism.
- Emma Goldman

Someone has said that it requires less mental effort
to condemn than to think.
- Emma Goldman

In the true sense one's native land,
with its background of tradition,
early impressions, reminiscences and other things dear to one,
is not enough to make sensitive human beings feel at home.
- Emma Goldman

The higher mental development of woman,
the less possible it is for her to meet a congenial
male who will see in her,
not only sex, but also the human being,
the friend, the comrade and strong individuality,
who cannot and ought not lose a single trait of her character.
- Emma Goldman

Merely external emancipation has made of the modern
woman an artificial being.
Now, woman is confronted with the necessity of emancipating
herself from emancipation,
if she really desires to be free.
- Emma Goldman

Puritanism, in whatever expression, is a poisonous germ.
On the surface everything may look strong and vigorous;
yet the poison works its way persistently,
until the entire fabric is doomed.
- Emma Goldman

Only when human sorrows are turned into a toy with
glaring colors will baby people become interested -
for a while at least.
The people are a very fickle baby that must have new toys every day.
- Emma Goldman

No great idea in its beginning can ever be within the law.
How can it be within the law? The law is stationary.
The law is fixed.
The law is a chariot wheel which binds us all regardless
of conditions or place or time.
- Emma Goldman

The history of progress is written in the blood of
men and women who have dared to espouse an unpopular cause,
as, for instance, the black man's right to his body,
or woman's right to her soul.
- Emma Goldman

Since every effort in our educational life seems to
be directed toward making of the child a being foreign to itself,
it must of necessity produce individuals foreign to one another,
and in everlasting antagonism with each other.
- Emma Goldman

To the indefinite, uncertain mind of the American radical
the most contradictory ideas and methods are possible.
The result is a sad chaos in the radical movement,
a sort of intellectual hash, which has neither taste nor character.
- Emma Goldman

Take your life in your own hands, and what happens?
A terrible thing: no one to blame.
- Erica Jong

There are no facts, only interpretations.
- Friedrich Nietzsche

No one was ever named "Hero" for following the crowd.
Heroes set their own course.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

A good traveler has no fixed plans,
and is not intent on arriving.
- Lao Tzu

I say NO to the demands of the world.
I say YES to the longings of my own heart.
There is nothing I ever need to have.
There is nothing I ever need to do.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

See no evil, Hear no evil, Speak no evil.
- Japanese pictorial maxim (the Three Wise Monkeys)

Say NO to the demands of the world.
Say YES to the longings of your own heart.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Everyone is a prisoner of his own experiences.
No one can eliminate prejudices -
just recognize them.
- Edward R. Murrow

It is a terrible thing to see and have no vision.
- Helen Keller

Time, like life itself, has no inherent meaning.
We give our own meaning to time as to life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

If we have no peace,
it is because we have forgotten
that we belong to each other.
- Mother Teresa

Where there is no accusation of "fault,"
there can be no anger.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

If a man does not know what port he is steering for,
no wind is favorable to him.
- Seneca

Sing like no one's listening,
love like you've never been hurt,
dance like nobody's watching,
and live like its heaven on earth.
- Mark Twain

There is no passion to be found playing small -
in settling for a life that is less
than the one you are capable of living.
- Nelson Mandela

No great man ever complains of want of opportunity.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Your life is the fruit of your own doing.
You have no one to blame but yourself.
- Joseph Campbell

Never allow a person to tell you NO
who doesn't have the power to say YES.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

It is no use saying, "We are doing our best."
You have got to succeed in doing what is necessary.
- Winston Churchill

Choose with no regret.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

He who can no longer pause to wonder
and stand rapt in awe,
is as good as dead;
his eyes are closed.
- Albert Einstein

There are no secrets to success.
It is the result of preparation,
hard work, and learning from failure.
- Colin Powell

Believe nothing, no matter where you read it,
or who said it, no matter if I have said it,
unless it agrees with your own reason
and your own common sense.
- The Buddha

Action is no less necessary than thought
to the instinctive tendencies of the human frame.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Unless both sides win,
no agreement can be permanent.
- Jimmy Carter

Whatever your life's work is, do it well.
A man should do his job so well that the living,
the dead, and the unborn could do it no better.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Action may not always bring happiness;
but there is no happiness without action.
- Benjamin Disraeli


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