Emma Goldman Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old emma goldman quotes, emma goldman sayings, and emma goldman proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


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

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

Emma Goldman

Patriotism is a menace to liberty.     

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People have only as much liberty as they have the intelligence to want and the courage to take.     

Emma Goldman

Before we can forgive one another, we have to understand one another.     

Emma Goldman

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

Emma Goldman

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

Emma Goldman

The demand for equal rights in every vocation of life is just and fair; but, after all, the most vital right is the right to love and be loved.     

Emma Goldman

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

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What a strange development of patriotism that turns a thinking being into a loyal machine!     

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Patriotism is a superstition artificially created and maintained through a network of lies and falsehoods; a superstition that robs man of his self-respect and dignity, and increases his arrogance and conceit.     

Emma Goldman

The contention that a standing army and navy is the best security of peace is about as logical as the claim that the most peaceful citizen is he who goes about heavily armed.     

Emma Goldman

Patriotism is a superstition artificially created and maintained through a web of lies and falsehoods, robbing us of our dignity and increasing our arrogance and conceit.     

Emma Goldman

Patriotism, is a superstition artificially created and maintained through a network of lies and falsehoods; a superstition that robs man of his self-respect and dignity, and increases his arrogance and conceit.     

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

If elections really changed anything, they would be outlawed.     

Emma Goldman

The most violent element in society is ignorance.     

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Every society has the criminals it deserves.     

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Those who sit in a glass house do wrong to throw stones about them; besides, the American glass house is rather thin, it will break easily, and the interior is anything but a gainly sight.     

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Only when human sorrows are turned into a toy with glaring colors will baby people become interested -- for a while at least. The people are a very fickle baby that must have new toys every day.     

Emma Goldman

Idealists are foolish enough to throw caution to the winds. They have advanced mankind and have enriched the world.     

Emma Goldman

The persecution of the innovator and protestant has always been inspired by fear on the part of constituted authority of having its infallibility questioned and its power undermined.     

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Lack of fairness to an opponent is essentially a sign of weakness.     

Emma Goldman

The demand for equal rights in every vocation of life is just and fair; but, after all, the most vital right is the right to love and to be loved. Indeed, if partial emancipation is to become a complete and true emancipation of woman, it will have to do away with the ridiculous notion that to be loved, to be sweetheart and mother, is synonymous with being slave or subordinate. It will have to do away with the absurd notion of the dualism of the sexes, or that man and woman represent two antagonistic worlds.     

Emma Goldman

The demand for equal rights in every vocation of life is just and fair; but, after all, the most vital right is the right to love and be loved.     

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

Life without an ideal is spiritual death.     

Emma Goldman

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

Emma Goldman

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