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Emma Goldman Quotes

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

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.

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

Crime is naught but misdirected energy.

Direct action is the logical, consistent method of Anarchism.

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.

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.

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

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

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

Idealists foolish enough to throw caution to the winds have advanced mankind and have enriched the world.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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?

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.