37 Incredible Emma Goldman Quotes

37 Incredible Emma Goldman Quotes

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Emma Goldman was an anarchist best known for her political speeches and writing. She was born in the late 1800′s in the Russian Empire, she immigrated to New York City in 1885. Shortly after moving to the states she joined the anarchist movement. She played a vital part in developing the political philosophy for anarchism. She died on May 14, 1940 at the age of 70.

“After all, it means thirteen dollars per month, three meals a day, and a place to sleep. Yet even necessity is not sufficiently strong a factor to bring into the army an element of
character and manhood.”

“Anarchism, then, really stands for the liberation of the human mind from the dominion of religion.”

“Ask for work. If they don’t give you work, ask for bread. If they do not give you work or bread, then take bread.”

“Do not all theists insist that there can be no morality, no justice, no honesty or fidelity without the belief in a Divine Power?”

“Every daring attempt to make a great change in existing conditions, every lofty vision of new possibilities for the human race, has been labelled Utopian.”

“Every society has the criminals it deserves.”

“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.”

“His very “uniqueness,” “separateness” and “differentiation” make him an alien, not only in his native place, but even in his own home. Often more so than the foreign born who generally
falls in with the established.”

“I’d rather have roses on my table than diamonds on my neck.”

“If I can’t dance, I don’t want to be part of your revolution.”

“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.”

“If voting changed anything, they’d make it illegal.”

“It is characteristic of theistic “tolerance” that no one really cares what the people believe in, just so they believe or pretend to believe.”

“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.”

“Let us no overlook vital things, because of the bulk of trifles confronting us. ”

“Love, the strongest and deepest element in all life, the harbinger of hope, of joy, of ecstasy; love, the defier of all laws, of all conventions; love, the freest, the most powerful moulder
of human destiny; how can such an all-compelling force be synonymous with that poor little State and Church-begotten weed, marriage?”

“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.”

“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.”

“No real social change has ever been brought about without a revolution. ”

“Perhaps even more than constituted authority, it is social uniformity and sameness that harass the individual most.”

“Someone has said that it requires less mental effort to condemn than to think.”

“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.”

“The import is not the kind of work woman does, but rather the quality of the work she furnishes. ”

“The inherent tendency of the State is to concentrate, to narrow, and monopolize all social activities; the nature of revolution is, on the contrary, to grow, to broaden, and disseminate
itself in ever-wider circles. In other words, the State is institutional and static; revolution is fluent, dynamic.”

“The most unpardonable sin in society is independence of thought.”

“The most violent element in society is ignorance.”

“The motto should not be: Forgive one another; rather understand one another.”

“The political arena leaves one no alternative, one must either be a dunce or a rogue.”

“There are, however, some potentates I would kill by any and all means at my disposal. They are Ignorance, Superstition, and Bigotry — the most sinister and tyrannical rulers on earth.”

“There is no hope even that woman, with her right to vote, will ever purify politics.”

“Thinking men and women the world over are beginning to realize that patriotism is too narrow and limited a conception to meet the necessities of our time.”

“True, we have no conscription; that is, men are not usually forced to enlist in the army, but we have developed a far more exacting and rigid force–necessity.”

“We Americans claim to be a peace-loving people. We hate bloodshed; we are opposed to violence. Yet we go into spasms of joy over the possibility of projecting dynamite bombs from flying
machines upon helpless citizens. ”

“What is patriotism? Is it love of one’s birthplace, the place of childhood’s recollections and hopes, dreams and aspirations? Is it the place where, in childlike naïveté, we would watch the
passing clouds, and wonder why we, too, could not float so swiftly? The place where we would count the milliard glittering stars, terror-stricken lest each one “an eye should be,” piercing
the very depths of our little souls?”

“When we have undermined the patriotic lie, we shall have cleared the path for the great structure where all shall be united into a universal brotherhood — a truly free society.”

“Women need not always keep their mouths shut and their wombs open.”

“Yes, love is free; it can dwell in no other atmosphere.”