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  • Anarchism ... stands for direct action, the open defiance of, and resistance to, all laws and restrictions, economic, social, and moral.
    (Emma Goldman)

  • Love, the strongest and deepest element in all life, the harbinger of hope, of joy, of ecstasy love, the defier of all laws, of all conventions love, the freest, the most powerful molder of human destiny how can such an all-compelling force be synonymous with that poor little State and Church-begotten weed, marriage.
    (Emma Goldman)

  • Heaven must be an awfully dull place if the poor in spirit live there.
    (Emma Goldman)

  • The strongest bulwark of authority is uniformity the least divergence from it is the greatest crime.
    (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)


  • Direct action is the logical, consistent method of Anarchism.
    (Emma Goldman)

  • The political arena leaves one no alternative, one must either be a dunce or a rogue.
    (Emma Goldman)

  • The individual whose vision encompasses the whole world often feels nowhere so hedged in and out of touch with his surroundings as in his native land.
    (Emma Goldman)

  • 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.
    (Emma Goldman)

  • Prostitution, although hounded, imprisoned, and chained, is nevertheless the greatest triumph of Puritanism.
    (Emma Goldman)

  • Oscar Wilde defines a perfect personality as one who develops under perfect conditions, who is not wounded, maimed, or in danger. A perfect personality, then, is only possible in a state of society where man is free to choose the mode of work, the conditions of work, and the freedom to work. One to whom the making of a table, the building of a house, or the tilling of the soil, is what the painting is to the artist and the discovery to the scientist -- the result of inspiration, of intense longing, and deep interest in work as a creative force.
    (Emma Goldman)

  • Religion, the dominion of the human mind Property, the dominion of human needs and Government, the dominion of human conduct, represent the stronghold of man's enslavement and all the horrors it entails.
    (Emma Goldman)

  • The most violent element in society is ignorance.
    (Emma Goldman)

  • 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.
    (Emma Goldman)

  • There is no hope even that woman, with her right to vote, will ever purify politics.
    (Emma Goldman)


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