Emma Goldman

(1869_1940 / Kaunas)

Emma Goldman Quotes

  • ''Woman, essentially a purist, is naturally bigoted and relentless in her effort to make others as good as she thinks they ought to be.''
    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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  • ''All claims of education notwithstanding, the pupil will accept only that which his mind craves.''
    Emma Goldman (1869-1940), U.S. anarchist and author; born in Russia. Anarchism and Other Essays, 3rd rev. ed., ch. 1 (1917).
  • ''... the living, vital truth of social and economic well-being will become a reality only through the zeal, courage, the non-compromising determination of intelligent minorities, and not through the mass.''
    Emma Goldman (1869-1940), U.S. anarchist and author; born in Russia. Anarchism and Other Essays, 3rd rev. ed., ch. 2 (1917).
  • ''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.
  • ''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).
  • ''The most unpardonable sin in society is independence of thought.''
    Emma Goldman (1869-1940), U.S. anarchist and author; born in Russia. Anarchism and Other Essays, 3rd rev. ed., ch. 2 (1917).
  • ''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 (1869-1940), U.S. anarchist and author; born in Russia. Anarchism and Other Essays, 3rd rev. ed., ch. 5 (1917).
  • ''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).
  • ''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).
  • ''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).

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