Emma Goldman

American anarchist

Lived from: 1869-1940

Quotes: Emma Goldman

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    Before we can forgive one another, we have to understand one another.
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    Idealists are foolish enough to throw caution to the winds. They have advanced mankind and have enriched the world.
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    Crime is naught but misdirected energy.
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    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.
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    Heaven must be an awfully dull place if the poor in spirit live there.
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    If I can't dance I don't want to be part of your revolution.
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    If I can't dance I don't want to be part of your revolution.
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    In taking out an insurance policy one pays for it in dollars and cents, always at liberty to discontinue payments. If, however, woman's premium is a husband, she pays for it with her name, her privacy, her self-respect, her very life, ''until death doth part.''
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    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.
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    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.
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    It is safe to say that no other superstition is so detrimental to growth, so enervating and paralyzing to the minds and hearts of the people, as the superstition of Morality.
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    Love needs no protection; it is its own protection
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    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.
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    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?
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    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.
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