Emma Goldman Quotes

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id-rather-have-roses-on-my-table-than-diamonds-on-my-neck
no-real-social-change-has-ever-been-brought-about-without-a-revolution-revolution-is-but-thought-carried-into-action
all-claims-of-education-notwithstanding-the-pupil-will-accept-only-that-which-his-mind-craves
the-state-is-the-altar-of-political-freedom-and-like-the-religious-altar-it-is-maintained-for-the-purpose-of-human-sacrifice
there-is-no-hope-even-that-woman-with-her-right-to-vote-will-ever-purify-politics
if-voting-changed-anything-theyd-make-it-illegal
the-most-violent-element-in-society-is-ignorance
the-strongest-bulwark-of-authority-is-uniformity-the-least-divergence-from-it-is-the-greatest-crime
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
womans-happiness-begins-with-her-first-love-and-ends-about-then
crime-is-naught-but-misdirected-energy
idealists-foolish-enough-to-throw-caution-to-the-winds-have-advanced-mankind-and-have-enriched-the-world
if-i-cant-dance-its-not-my-revolution
if-i-cant-dance-i-dont-want-to-be-part-of-your-revolution
to-the-moralist-prostitution-does-not-consist-so-much-in-the-fact-that-the-woman-sells-her-body-but-rather-that-she-sells-it-out-of-wedlock
prostitution-although-hounded-imprisoned-and-chained-is-nevertheless-the-greatest-triumph-of-puritanism
when-we-cant-dream-any-longer-we-die
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-motto-should-not-be-forgive-one-another-rather-understand-one-another
heaven-must-be-awfully-dull-place-if-poor-in-spirit-live-there-emma-goldman
politicians-promise-you-heaven-before-election-give-you-hell-after-emma-goldman
the-reward-in-heaven-is-perpetual-bait-bait-that-has-caught-man-in-iron-net-straitjacket-which-does-not-let-him-expand-grow-emma-goldman
the-triumph-philosophy-atheism-is-to-free-man-from-nightmare-gods-it-means-dissolution-phantoms-beyond-emma-goldman
served-as-inspiration-for-roger-baldwin-future-founder-american-civil-liberties-union-emma-goldman
But what about human nature? Can it be changed? And if not, will it endure under Anarchism? Poor human nature, what horrible crimes have been committed in thy name! Every fool, from king to policeman, from the flatheaded parson to the visionless dabbler in science, presumes to speak authoritatively of human nature. The greater the mental charlatan, the more definite his insistence on the wickedness and weaknesses of human nature. Yet, how can any one speak of it today, with every soul in a prison, with every heart fettered, wounded, and maimed? John Burroughs has stated that experimental study of animals in captivity is absolutely useless. Their character, their habits, their appetites undergo a complete transformation when torn from their soil in field and forest. With human nature caged in a narrow space, whipped daily into submission, how can we speak of its potentialities? Freedom, expansion, opportunity, and, above all, peace and repose, alone can teach us the real dominant factors of human nature and all its wonderful possibilities. Anarchism, then, really stands for the liberation of the human mind from the dominion of religion; the liberation of the human body from the dominion of property; liberation from the shackles and restraint of government. Anarchism stands for a social order based on the free grouping of individuals for the purpose of producing real social wealth; an order that will guarantee to every human being free access to the earth and full enjoyment of the necessities of life, according to individual desires, tastes, and inclinations. This is not a wild fancy or an aberration of the mind. It is the conclusion arrived at by hosts of intellectual men and women the world over; a conclusion resulting from the close and studious observation of the tendencies of modern society: individual liberty and economic equality, the twin forces for the birth of what is fine and true in man.

Emma Goldman
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someone-has-said-that-it-requires-less-mental-effort-to-condemn-than-to-think-emma-goldman
It has often been suggested to me that the Constitution of the United States is a sufficient safeguard for the freedom of its citizens. It is obvious that even the freedom it pretends to guarantee is very limited. I have not been impressed with the adequacy of the safeguard. The nations of the world, with centuries of international law behind them, have never hesitated to engage in mass destruction when solemnly pledged to keep the peace; and the legal documents in America have not prevented the United States from doing the same. Those in authority have and always will abuse their power. And the instances when they do not do so are as rare as roses growing on icebergs. Far from the Constitution playing any liberating part in the lives of the American people, it has robbed them of the capacity to rely on their own resources or do their own thinking. Americans are so easily hoodwinked by the sanctity of law and authority. In fact, the pattern of life has become standardized, routinized, and mechanized like canned food and Sunday sermons. The hundred-percenter easily swallows syndicated information and factory-made ideas and beliefs. He thrives on the wisdom given him over the radio and cheap magazines by corporations whose philanthropic aim is selling America out. He accepts the standards of conduct and art in the same breath with the advertising of chewing gum, toothpaste, and shoe polish. Even songs are turned out like buttons or automobile tires-all cast from the same mold.

Emma Goldman
it-has-often-been-suggested-to-me-that-constitution-united-states-is-sufficient-safeguard-for-freedom-its-citizens-it-is-obvious-that-even-freedom-it-pretends-to-guarantee-is-lim
ask-for-work-if-they-dont-give-you-work-ask-for-bread-if-they-do-not-give-you-work-bread-then-take-bread-emma-goldman
give-us-what-belongs-to-us-in-peace-if-you-dont-give-it-to-us-in-peace-we-will-take-it-by-force-emma-goldman
every-society-has-criminals-it-deserves-emma-goldman
love-is-its-own-protection-emma-goldman
so-long-as-tyranny-exists-in-whatever-form-mans-deepest-aspiration-must-resist-it-as-inevitably-as-man-must-breathe-emma-goldman
I have often been asked why I maintained such a non-compromising antagonism to government and in what way I have found myself oppressed by it. In my opinion every individual is hampered by it. It exacts taxes from production. It creates tariffs, which prevent free exchange. It stands ever for the status quo and traditional conduct and belief. It comes into private lives and into most intimate personal relations, enabling the superstitious, puritanical, and distorted ones to impose their ignorant prejudice and moral servitudes upon the sensitive, the imaginative, and the free spirits. Government does this by its divorce laws, its moral censorships, and by a thousand petty persecutions of those who are too honest to wear the moral mask of respectability. In addition, government protects the strong at the expense of the weak, provides courts and laws which the rich may scorn and the poor must obey. It enables the predatory rich to make wars to provide foreign markets for the favored ones, with prosperity for the rulers and wholesale death for the ruled. However, it is not only government in the sense of the state which is destructive of every individual value and quality. It is the whole complex of authority and institutional domination which strangles life. It is the superstition, myth, pretense, evasions, and subservience which support authority and institutional domination. It is the reverence for these institutions instilled in the school, the church and the home in order that man may believe and obey without protest. Such a process of devitalizing and distorting personalities of the individual and of whole communities may have been a part of historical evolution; but it should be strenuously combated by every honest and independent mind in an age which has any pretense to enlightenment.

Emma Goldman
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people-have-only-as-much-liberty-as-they-have-intelligence-to-want-courage-to-take-emma-goldman
id-rather-have-roses-on-my-table-than-diamonds-on-my-neck-emma-goldman
if-i-cant-dance-to-it-its-not-my-revolution-emma-goldman
before-we-can-forgive-one-another-we-have-to-understand-one-another-emma-goldman
to-disbelieve-in-gods-is-at-same-time-to-affirm-life-purpose-beauty-emma-goldman
the-more-hideous-mental-contortions-greater-delight-bravos-mass-emma-goldman
whether-our-reformers-admit-it-not-economic-social-inferiority-women-is-responsible-for-prostitution-emma-goldman
revolution-that-divests-itself-ethical-values-thereby-lays-foundation-injustice-deceit-oppression-for-future-society-emma-goldman
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