Famous Quotes By Emma Goldman


  1. All claims of education notwithstanding, the pupil will accept only that which his mind craves.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. I'd rather have roses on my table than diamonds on my neck.
  5. 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.
  6. If voting changed anything, they'd make it illegal.
  7. 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.
  8. 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?
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. No real social change has ever been brought about without a revolution... revolution is but thought carried into action.
  12. 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.
  13. Politics is the reflex of the business and industrial world.
  14. 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.
  15. The most unpardonable sin in society is independence of thought.
  16. The most violent element in society is ignorance.
  17. The State is the altar of political freedom and, like the religious altar, it is maintained for the purpose of human sacrifice.
  18. 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.
  19. There is no hope even that woman, with her right to vote, will ever purify politics.
  20. 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.
  21. Women need not always keep their mouths shut and their wombs open.

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