Top 25 Emma Goldman Quotes

1) “Before we can forgive one another, we have to understand one another.”

2) “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.”

3) “The idealists and visionaries, foolish enough to throw caution to the winds and express their ardor and faith in some supreme deed, have advanced mankind and have enriched the world.”

4) “It requires less mental effort to condemn than to think.”

5) “People have only as much liberty as they have the intelligence to want and the courage to take.”

6) “It requires less mental effort to condemn than to think.”

7) “The most violent element in society is ignorance.”

8) “It requires less mental effort to condemn than to think.”

9) “The pupil will accept only that which his mind craves.”

10) “The motto should not be: Forgive one another; rather understand one another.”

11) “The free expression of the hopes and aspirations of a people is the greatest and only safety in a sane society.”

12) “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.”

13) “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.”

14) “Love is it's own protection.”

15) “Now, woman is confronted with the necessity of emancipating herself from emancipation, if she really desires to be free.”

16) “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."

17) “I'd rather have roses on my table than diamonds on my neck.”

18) “Crime is naught but misdirected energy.”

19) "When we can't dream any longer we die."

20) “The ultimate end of all revolutionary social change is to establish the sanctity of human life, the dignity of man, the right of every human being to liberty and well-being.”

21) "To the indefinite, uncertain mind of the American radical the most contradictory ideas and methods are possible. The result is a sad chaos in the radical movement, a sort of intellectual hash, which has neither taste nor character."

22) “Revolution is but thought carried into action."

23) “We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all human beings, irrespective of race, color, or sex, are born with the equal right to share at the table of life; that to secure this right, there must be established among men economic, social, and political freedom.”

24) “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.”

25) “When one has been threatened with a great injustice, one accepts a smaller as a favor.”