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.

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. Emma Goldman
True emancipation... 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
Emancipation should make it possible for woman to be human in the truest sense. Everything within her that craves assertion and activity should reach its fullest expression; all artificial barriers should be broken, and the road towards greater freedom cleared of every trace of centuries of submission and slavery. Emma Goldman
When we can't dream any longer we die. Emma Goldman
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. Emma Goldman
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 the woman's right to her soul. Emma Goldman
The most violent element in society is ignorance. Emma Goldman
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 that binds us all regardless of conditions or place or time. Emma Goldman
Patriotism is not for those who represent wealth and power. Emma Goldman
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. Emma Goldman
Under miserable conditions of life, any vision of the possibility of better things makes the present misery more intolerable, and spurs those who suffer to the most energetic struggles to improve their lot, and if these struggles only immediately result in sharper misery, the outcome is sheer desperation. Emma Goldman