Emma Goldman Quotes (63 Quotes)


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

    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.

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

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

    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.


    Direct action is the logical, consistent method of Anarchism.

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

    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.

    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.

    Prostitution, although hounded, imprisoned, and chained, is nevertheless the greatest triumph of Puritanism.

    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.

    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.

    The most violent element in society is ignorance.

    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.

    There is no hope even that woman, with her right to vote, will ever purify politics.

    Since every effort in our educational life seems to be directed toward making of the child a being foreign to itself, it must of necessity produce individuals foreign to one another, and in everlasting antagonism with each other.

    To the indefinite, uncertain mind of the American radical the most contradictory ideas and methods are possible. The result is a sad chaos in the radical movement, a sort of intellectual hash, which has neither taste nor character.

    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.

    Methods and means cannot be separated from the ultimate aim.

    Rather would I have the love songs of romantic ages, rather Don Juan and Madame Venus, rather an elopement by ladder and rope on a moonlight night, followed by the father's curse, mother's moans, and the moral comments of neighbors, than correctness and propriety measured by yardsticks.


    One cannot be too extreme in dealing with social ills; the extreme thing is generally the true thing.

    The most unpardonable sin in society is independence of thought.

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

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    The higher mental development of woman, the less possible it is for her to meet a congenial male who will see in her, not only sex, but also the human being, the friend, the comrade and strong individuality, who cannot and ought not lose a single trait of her character.

    Thus Dante's motto over Inferno applies with equal force to marriage Ye who enter here leave all hope behind.


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