Emma Goldman

(1869_1940 / Kaunas)

Emma Goldman Quotes

  • ''... 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).
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  • ''... the greatest bulwark of capitalism is militarism.''
    Emma Goldman (1869-1940), U.S. anarchist and author; born in Russia. Anarchism and Other Essays, 3rd rev. ed., ch. 5 (1917).
  • ''... 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).
  • ''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).
  • ''Direct action ... is the logical, consistent method of Anarchism.''
    Emma Goldman (1869-1940), U.S. anarchist and author' born in Russia. Anarchism and Other Essays, 3rd rev. ed., ch. 1 (1917).
  • ''[Anarchism] is the philosophy of the sovereignty of the individual. It is the theory of social harmony. It is the great, surging, living truth that is reconstructing the world, and that will usher in the Dawn.''
    Emma Goldman (1869-1940), U.S. anarchist and author; born in Russia. Anarchism and Other Essays, 3rd rev. ed., ch. 1 (1917).
  • ''One cannot be too extreme in dealing with social ills; the extreme thing is generally the true thing.''
    Emma Goldman (1869-1940), U.S. anarchist and author; born in Russia. Anarchism and Other Essays, 3rd rev. ed., ch. 1 (1917).
  • ''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.''
    Emma Goldman (1869-1940), U.S. anarchist and author; born in Russia. Anarchism and Other Essays, 3rd rev. ed., ch. 1 (1917).
  • ''Puritanism, in whatever expression, is a poisonous germ. On the surface everything may look strong and vigorous; yet the poison works its way persistently, until the entire fabric is doomed.''
    Emma Goldman (1869-1940), U.S. anarchist and author; born in Russia. Anarchism and Other Essays, 3rd rev. ed., ch. 7 (1917).
  • ''Those who sit in a glass house do wrong to throw stones about them; besides, the American glass house is rather thin, it will break easily, and the interior is anything but a gainly sight.''
    Emma Goldman (1869-1940), U.S. anarchist, labor organizer, and author. Feminism, ch. 5 (1910). Referring to Americans' common belief that most United States prostitutes were immigrants and had in many cases been prostitutes earlier, in their native lands.

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