“If I can't dance to it, it's not my revolution."
-- Emma Goldman


“People have only as much liberty as they have the intelligence to want and the courage to take.”
​-- Emma Goldman


“If voting changed anything, they'd make it illegal.”
-- Emma Goldman

Emma Goldman

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Legends of Anarchism

​“The philosophy of Atheism represents a concept of life without any metaphysical Beyond or Divine Regulator. It is the concept of an actual, real world with its liberating, expanding and beautifying possibilities, as against an unreal world, which, with its spirits, oracles, and mean contentment has kept humanity in helpless degradation.” 
-- Emma Goldman


“ 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. Man has subdued bodies, but all the power on earth has been unable to subdue love. Man has conquered whole nations, but all his armies could not conquer love. Man has chained and fettered the spirit, but he has been utterly helpless before love. High on a throne, with all the splendor and pomp his gold can command, man is yet poor and desolate, if love passes him by. And if it stays, the poorest hovel is radiant with warmth, with life and color. Thus love has the magic power to make of a beggar a king. Yes, love is free; it can dwell in no other atmosphere. In freedom it gives itself unreservedly, abundantly, completely. All the laws on the statutes, all the courts in the universe, cannot tear it from the soil, once love has taken root.” 
-- Emma Goldman


“Anarchism stands for the liberation of the human mind from the dominion of religion and liberation of the human body from the coercion of property; liberation from the shackles and restraint of government. It stands for a social order based on the free grouping of individuals…” 
-- Emma Goldman


“The most violent element in society is ignorance. ” 
― Emma Goldman


“Ask for work. If they don't give you work, ask for bread. If they do not give you work or bread, then take bread.” 
― Emma Goldman, Anarchism and Other Essays


“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


“Give us what belongs to us in peace, and if you don't give it to us in peace, we will take it by force.” 
― Emma Goldman


“No real social change has ever been 
brought about without a revolution - 
Revolution is but thought carried into action.
Every effort for progress, for enlightenment, 
for science, for religious, political, and 
economic liberty, emanates from the minority, 
and not from the mass.” 

― Emma Goldman


“The import is not the kind of work woman does, but rather the quality of the work she furnishes. She can give suffrage or the ballot no new quality, nor can she receive anything from it that will enhance her own quality. Her development, her freedom, her independence, must come from and through herself. First, by asserting herself as a personality, and not as a sex commodity. Second, by refusing the right to anyone over her body; by refusing to bear children, unless she wants them; by refusing to be a servant to God, the State, society, the husband, the family, etc., by making her life simpler, but deeper and richer. That is, by trying to learn the meaning and substance of life in all its complexities, by freeing herself from the fear of public opinion and public condemnation. Only that, and not the ballot, will set woman free, will maker her a force hitherto unknown in the world, a force for real love, for peace, for harmony; a force of divine fire, of life-giving; a creator of free men and women. 

from Woman Suffrage- 1910” 
― Emma Goldman, Anarchism and Other Essays


“Religion, the dominion of the human mind; 
Property, the dominion of human needs; and 
Government, the dominion of human conduct, 
represent the stronghold of man's enslavement 
and all the horrors it entails.” 

― Emma Goldman


“I want freedom, the right to self-expression, everybody's right to beautiful, radiant things.' Anarchism meant that to me, and I would live it in spite of the whole world — prisons, persecution, everything. Yes, even in spite of the condemnation of my own closest comrades I would live my beautiful ideal.” 
― Emma Goldman, Living My Life


“I do not believe in God, because I believe in man. Whatever his mistakes, man has for thousands of years been working to undo the botched job your god has made.” 
― Emma Goldman


“Politicians promise you heaven before election and give you hell after” 
― Emma Goldman


“The most absurd apology for authority and law is that they serve to diminish crime. Aside from the fact that the State is itself the greatest criminal, breaking every written and natural law, stealing in the form of taxes, killing in the form of war and capital punishment, it has come to an absolute standstill in coping with crime. It has failed utterly to destroy or even minimize the horrible scourge of its own creation.” 
― Emma Goldman, Anarchism and Other Essays


“In modern capitalism economic exploitation rather than political oppression is the real enemy of the people.” 
― Emma Goldman


“I consider Anarchism the most beautiful and practical philosophy that has yet been thought of in its application to individual expression and the relation it establishes between the individual and society. Moreover, I am certain that Anarchism is too vital and too close to human nature ever to die. It is my conviction that dictatorship, whether to the right or to the left, can never work--that it never has worked, and that time will prove this again, as it has been proved before. When the failure of modern dictatorship and authoritarian philosophies becomes more apparent and the realization of failure more general, Anarchism will be vindicated. Considered from this point, a recrudescence of Anarchist ideas in the near future is very probable. When this occurs and takes effect, I believe that humanity will at last leave the maze in which it is now lost and will start on the path to sane living and regeneration through freedom.” 
― Emma Goldman, Red Emma Speaks



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