Emma Goldman

United States anarchist (born in Russia) who opposed conscription; was deported to the Soviet Union in 1919 (1869-1940)

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Before we can forgive one another, we have to understand one another.
Crime is naught but misdirected energy.
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.
Idealists are foolish enough to throw caution to the winds. They have advanced mankind and have enriched the world.
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.
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.
Love, the strongest and deepest element in all life, the harbinger of hope, of joy, of ecstasy; love, the defier of all laws, of all conventions; love, the freest, the most powerful molder of human destiny; how can such an all-compelling force be synonymous with that poor little State and Church-begotten weed, marriage?
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.
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.
Poor human nature, what horrible crimes have been committed in thy name!
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.
The free expression of the hopes and aspirations of a people is the greatest and only safety in a sane society.
The most violent element in society is ignorance.
The State is the altar of political freedom and, like the religious altar, it is maintained for the purpose of human sacrifice.
The strongest bulwark of authority is uniformity the least divergence from it is the greatest crime.

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