Quotes by Emma Goldman

Before we can forgive one another, we have to understand one another.
– Emma Goldman
Crime is naught but misdirected energy.
– Emma Goldman
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
Free love? as if love is anything but free. Man has bought brains, but all the millions in the world have failed to buy love.
– Emma Goldman
Heaven must be an awfully dull place if the poor in spirit live there.
– Emma Goldman
I'd rather have roses on my table than diamonds on my neck.
– Emma Goldman
Idealists are foolish enough to throw caution to the winds. They have advanced mankind and have enriched the world.
– Emma Goldman
If I can't dance, it's not my revolution!
– Emma Goldman
If love does not know how to give and take without restrictions, it is not love, but a transaction that never fails to lay stress on a plus and a minus.
– Emma Goldman
If voting changed anything, they'd make it illegal.
– Emma Goldman
In taking out an insurance policy one pays for it in dollars and cents, always at liberty to discontinue payments. If, however, woman's premium is a husband, she pays for it with her name, her privacy, her self-respect, her very life, until death doth part.
– Emma Goldman
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
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
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.
– Emma Goldman
Jealousy is indeed a poor medium to secure love, but it is a secure medium to destroy one's self-respect. For jealous people, like dope-fiends, stoop to the lowest level and in the end inspire only disgust and loathing.
– Emma Goldman
Merely external emancipation has made of the modern woman an artificial being. Now, woman is confronted with the necessity of emancipating herself from emancipation, if she really desires to be free.
– Emma Goldman
Morality and its victim, the mother - what a terrible picture! Is there indeed anything more terrible, more criminal, than our glorified sacred function of motherhood?
– Emma Goldman
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.
– Emma Goldman
No one has yet realized the wealth of sympathy, the kindness and generosity hidden in the soul of a child. The effort of every true education should be to unlock that treasure.
– Emma Goldman
No real social change has ever been brought about without a revolution... revolution is but thought carried into action.
– Emma Goldman