Quotations From EMMA GOLDMAN

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  • 1.
    ... resistance to tyranny is man's highest ideal.
    Emma Goldman (1869-1940), U.S. anarchist and author; born in Russia. Anarchism and Other Essays, 3rd rev. ed., ch. 3 (1917).
  • 2.
    Poor America, of what avail is all her wealth, if the individuals comprising the nation are wretchedly poor? If they live in squalor, in filth, in crime, with hope and joy gone, a homeless, soilless army of human prey.
    Emma Goldman (1869-1940), U.S. anarchist and author; born in Russia. Anarchism and Other Essays, 3rd rev. ed., ch. 1 (1917).

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  • 3.
    ... if the production of any commodity necessitates the sacrifice of human life, society should do without that commodity, but it can not do without that life.
    Emma Goldman (1869-1940), U.S. anarchist and author; born in Russia. Anarchism and Other Essays, 3rd rev. ed., ch. 3 (1917).

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  • 4.
    Prostitution, although hounded, imprisoned, and chained, is nevertheless the greatest triumph of Puritanism.
    Emma Goldman (1869-1940), U.S. anarchist and author; born in Russia. Anarchism and Other Essays, 3rd rev. ed., ch. 7 (1917).
  • 5.
    As to a thorough eradication of prostitution, nothing can accomplish that save a complete transvaluation of all accepted values—especially the moral ones—coupled with the abolition of industrial slavery.
    Emma Goldman (1869-1940), U.S. anarchist and author; born in Russia. Anarchism and Other Essays, 3rd rev. ed., ch. 8 (1917).
  • 6.
    The right to vote, or equal civil rights, may be good demands, but true emancipation begins neither at the polls nor in courts. It begins in woman's soul.
    Emma Goldman (1869-1940), U.S. anarchist and author; born in Russia. Anarchism and Other Essays, 3rd rev. ed., ch. 10 (1917).

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  • 7.
    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.
    Emma Goldman (1869-1940), U.S. anarchist and author; born in Russia. Anarchism and Other Essays, 3rd rev. ed., ch. 8 (1917).

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  • 8.
    The American suffrage movement has been, until very recently, altogether a parlor affair, absolutely detached from the economic needs of the people.
    Emma Goldman (1869-1940), U.S. anarchist and author; born in Russia. Anarchism and Other Essays, 3rd rev. ed., ch. 9 (1917). Goldman was concerned about the middle-class biases, and indifference or antagonism to labor issues, of the leading women suffragists. Interestingly, this same criticism was later made of post-World War II feminists—especially in the 1960s and 1970s.

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  • 9.
    ... the keynote of government is injustice.
    Emma Goldman (1869-1940), U.S. anarchist and author; born in Russia. Anarchism and Other Essays, 3rd rev. ed., ch. 1 (1917). Arguing that all government is to be deplored because it violates the supremacy of the individual.
  • 10.
    ... woman's narrow and purist attitude toward life makes her a greater danger to liberty wherever she has political power. Man has long overcome the superstitions that still engulf women.
    Emma Goldman (1869-1940), U.S. anarchist and author; born in Russia. Anarchism and Other Essays, 3rd rev. ed., ch. 9 (1917).

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