I’d rather have roses on my table than diamonds on my neck.


Emma Goldman

896

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.


Emma Goldman

896

Women need not always keep their mouths shut and their wombs open.


Emma Goldman

896

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

896

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

896

The most unpardonable sin in society is independence of thought.


Emma Goldman

896

The most violent element in society is ignorance.


Emma Goldman

896

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.


Emma Goldman

896

There is no hope even that woman, with her right to vote, will ever purify politics.


Emma Goldman

896

Politics is the reflex of the business and industrial world.


Emma Goldman

896

No real social change has ever been brought about without a revolution... revolution is but thought carried into action.


Emma Goldman

896

If voting changed anything, they’d make it illegal.


Emma Goldman

896

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.


Emma Goldman

896

No real social change has ever been brought about without a revolution... revolution is but thought carried into action.


Emma Goldman

896

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

896

Politics is the reflex of the business and industrial world.


Emma Goldman

896

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

896

On rare occasions one does hear of a miraculous case of a married couple falling in love after marriage, but on close examination it will be found that it is a mere adjustment to the inevitable.


Emma Goldman

896

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

896

There is no hope even that woman, with her right to vote, will ever purify politics.


Emma Goldman

896

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