Emma Goldman

(1869_1940 / Kaunas)

Emma Goldman Quotes

  • ''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.''
    Emma Goldman (1869-1940), U.S. anarchist. Lecture, c. 1912. "Socialism: Caught in the Political Trap," pt. 1, Red Emma Speaks, ed. Alix Kates Shulman (1972).
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  • ''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.''
    Emma Goldman (1869-1940), U.S. anarchist. repr. in Red Emma Speaks, pt. 2, ed. Alix Kates Shulman (1972). "The Child and Its Enemies," Mother Earth (New York, April 1906).
  • ''Heaven must be an awfully dull place if the poor in spirit live there.''
    Emma Goldman (1869-1940), U.S. anarchist. repr. in Red Emma Speaks, pt. 2, ed. Alix Kates Shulman (1972). "The Failure of Christianity," Mother Earth (New York, April 1913). Referring to first beatitude, "Blessed are the poor in spirit for theirs is the kingdom of heaven" (New Testament, Matthew 5:3).
  • ''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 (1869-1940), U.S. anarchist. repr. in Red Emma Speaks, pt. 1, ed. Alix Kates Shulman (1972). "The Individual, Society and the State," (c. 1940).
  • ''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.''
    Emma Goldman (1869-1940), U.S. anarchist. repr. in Red Emma Speaks, pt. 1, ed. Alix Kates Shulman (1972). "The Individual, Society and the State," (c. 1940).
  • ''It is essential that we realize once and for all that man is much more of a sex creature than a moral creature. The former is inherent, the other is grafted on.''
    Emma Goldman (1869-1940), U.S. anarchist. Lecture, c. 1912. "The Social Importance of the Modern School," pt. 2, Red Emma Speaks, ed. Alix Kates Shulman (1972).
  • ''Only when human sorrows are turned into a toy with glaring colors will baby people become interested—for a while at least. The people are a very fickle baby that must have new toys every day.''
    Emma Goldman (1869-1940), U.S. anarchist. "The Traffic in Women," Anarchism and Other Essays (1910).
  • ''There is no hope even that woman, with her right to vote, will ever purify politics.''
    Emma Goldman (1869-1940), U.S. anarchist. "The Tragedy of Women's Emancipation," Anarchism and Other Essays (1910).
  • ''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.''
    Emma Goldman (1869-1940), U.S. anarchist. "The Tragedy of Women's Emancipation," Anarchism and Other Essays (1910).
  • ''Politics is the reflex of the business and industrial world.''
    Emma Goldman (1869-1940), U.S. anarchist. "The Tragedy of Women's Emancipation," Anarchism and Other Essays (1910).

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