Emma Goldman Quotes

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If voting changed anything, they'd make it illegal.
— Emma Goldman

politics voting

I'd rather have roses on my table than diamonds on my neck.
— Emma Goldman

priorities

"What I believe" is a process rather than a finality. Finalities are for gods and governments, not for the human intellect.
— Emma Goldman

beliefs flexible thinking

All government, whatever its forms or pretenses, is a dead weight that paralyzes the free spirit and activities of the masses.
— Emma Goldman

government

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.

utopia

Jealousy is the very reverse of understanding, of sympathy, and of generous feeling.  Never has jealousy added to character, never does it make the individual big and fine.

understanding others jealousy

The history of progress is written in the blood of men and women who have dared to espouse an unpopular cause, as, for instance, the black man's right to his body, or woman's right to her soul.

progress

Man has bought brains, but all the millions in the world have failed to buy love. Man has subdued bodies, but all the power on earth has been unable to subdue love. Man has conquered whole nations, but all his armies could not conquer love. Man has chained and fettered the spirit, but he has been utterly helpless before love. High on a throne, with all the splendor and pomp his gold can command, man is yet poor and desolate, if love passes him by. And if it stays, the poorest hovel is radiant with warmth, with life and color. Thus love has the magic power to make of a beggar a king.