Quotes of Emma Goldman

“ Crime is naught but misdirected energy. ”

- Emma Goldman

“ Crime is naught but misdirected energy. ”

- Emma Goldman

“ Life without an ideal is spiritual death. ”

- Emma Goldman

“ Ignorance and fear are the parents of all superstition. ”

- Emma Goldman

“ Jealousy is indeed a poor medium to secure love, but it is a secure medium to destroy one. ”

- Emma Goldman

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

- Emma Goldman

“ Before we can forgive one another, we have to understand one another. ”

- Emma Goldman

“ Patriotism… is a superstition artificially created and maintained through a network of lies and falsehoods; a superstition that robs man of his self-respect and dignity, and increases his arrogance and conceit. ”

- Emma Goldman

“ All claims of education notwithstanding, the pupil will accept only that which his mind craves. ”

- Emma Goldman

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

- 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. Man has subdued bodies, but all the power on earth has been unable to subdue love. Man has conquered whole nations, but all his armies could not conquer love. Man has chained and fettered the spirit, but he has been utterly helpless before love. High on a throne, with all the splendor and pomp his gold can command, man is yet poor and desolate, if love passes him by. And if it stays, the poorest hovel is radiant with warmth, with life and color. Thus love has the magic power to make of a beggar a king. Yes, love is free; it can dwell in no other atmosphere. In freedom it gives itself unreservedly, abundantly, completely. All the laws on the statutes, all the courts in the universe, cannot tear it from the soil, once love has taken root. ”

- Emma Goldman

“ People have only as much liberty as they have the intelligence to want and the courage to take. ”

- Emma Goldman

“ I did not believe that a Cause which stood for a beautiful ideal, for anarchism, for release and freedom from convention and prejudice, should demand the denial of life and joy. I insisted that our Cause could not expect me to become a nun and that the movement would not be turned into a cloister. If it meant that, I did not want it. ”

- Emma Goldman

“ The philosophy of Atheism represents a concept of life without any metaphysical Beyond or Divine Regulator. It is the concept of an actual, real world with its liberating, expanding and beautifying possibilities, as against an unreal world, which, with its spirits, oracles, and mean contentment has kept humanity in helpless degradation. ”

- Emma Goldman

“ Jealousy is indeed a poor medium to secure love, but it is a secure medium to destroy one's self-respect. For jealous people, like dope-fiends, stoop to the lowest level and in the end inspire only disgust and loathing. ”

- 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

“ Heaven must be an awfully dull place if the poor in spirit live there. ”

- Emma Goldman

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

- 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

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

- Emma Goldman

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

- 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

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

- Emma Goldman

“ The history of human growth is at the same time the history of every new idea heralding the approach of a brighter dawn, and the brighter dawn has always been considered illegal, outside of the law. ”

- Emma Goldman

“ When primitive man heard thunder or saw the lightning, he could not account for either, and therefore concluded that back of them must be a force greater than himself. Similarly he saw a supernatural force in the rain, and in the various other changes in nature. ”

- Emma Goldman

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

- Emma Goldman

“ 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

“ The State is the altar of political freedom and, like the religious altar, it is maintained for the purpose of human sacrifice. ”

- Emma Goldman

“ In taking out an insurance policy one pays for it in dollars and cents, always at liberty to discontinue payments. If, however, a 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… ”

- Emma Goldman

“ Idealists are foolish enough to throw caution to the winds. They have advanced mankind and have enriched the world. ”

- Emma Goldman
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