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Morality and its victim, the mother -
by Emma Goldman

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

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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

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

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

 

The most violent element in society is ignorance.
- Emma Goldman

Politics is the reflex of the business and industrial world.
- 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

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Crime is naught but misdirected energy.
- Emma Goldman

Anarchism is the great liberator of man from the phantoms
that have held him captive;
it is the arbiter and pacifier of the two forces for
individual and social harmony.
- Emma Goldman

The political arena leaves one no alternative,
one must either be a dunce or a rogue.
- Emma Goldman

Someone has said that it requires less mental effort
to condemn than to think.
- Emma Goldman

The individual whose vision encompasses the whole world
often feels nowhere so hedged in and out of touch with
his surroundings as in his native land.
- Emma Goldman

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

Direct action is the logical, consistent method of Anarchism.
- Emma Goldman

To the moralist prostitution does not consist so much
in the fact that the woman sells her body,
but rather that she sells it out of wedlock.
- Emma Goldman

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

The most unpardonable sin in society is independence of thought.
- 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

Woman, essentially a purist, is naturally bigoted and
relentless in her effort to make others as good as
she thinks they ought to be.
- 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

One cannot be too extreme in dealing with social ills;
the extreme thing is generally the true thing.
- Emma Goldman

Prostitution, although hounded, imprisoned,
and chained, is nevertheless the greatest triumph of Puritanism.
- Emma Goldman

The motto should not be: Forgive one another;
rather understand one another.
- Emma Goldman

The State is the altar of political freedom and,
like the religious altar, it is maintained for the
purpose of human sacrifice.
- Emma Goldman

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

It is essential that we realize once and for all that
man is much more of a sex creature than a moral creature.
The former is inherent, the other is grafted on.
- Emma Goldman

If I can't dance, I don't want to be part of your revolution.
- Emma Goldman

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

Before we can forgive one another, we have to understand one another.
- 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.
- Emma Goldman

Heaven must be an awfully dull place if the poor in spirit live there.
- Emma Goldman

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

All claims of education notwithstanding,
the pupil will accept only that which his mind craves.
- Emma Goldman

When we can't dream any longer we die.
- Emma Goldman

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

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.
- Emma Goldman

Puritanism, in whatever expression, is a poisonous germ.
On the surface everything may look strong and vigorous;
yet the poison works its way persistently,
until the entire fabric is doomed.
- Emma Goldman

The higher mental development of woman,
the less possible it is for her to meet a congenial
male who will see in her,
not only sex, but also the human being,
the friend, the comrade and strong individuality,
who cannot and ought not lose a single trait of her character.
- 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 which binds us all regardless
of conditions or place or time.
- Emma Goldman

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

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

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

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

In the true sense one's native land,
with its background of tradition,
early impressions, reminiscences and other things dear to one,
is not enough to make sensitive human beings feel at home.
- Emma Goldman

Universal compassion is the only guarantee of morality.
- Arthur Schopenhauer

Compassion is the basis of morality.
- Arthur Schopenhauer

Aim above morality.
Be not simply good,
be good for something.
- Henry David Thoreau

Reverence for life affords me my fundamental principle of morality.
- Albert Schweitzer

A man does what he must - in spite of personal consequences,
in spite of obstacles and dangers and pressures -
and that is the basis of all human morality.
- John F. Kennedy

Do not be too moral.
You may cheat yourself out of much life.
So aim above morality.
Be not simply good;
be good for something.
- Henry David Thoreau

I reject any religious doctrine that does not appeal
to reason and is in conflict with morality.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Truth is certainly a branch of morality
and a very important one to society.
- Thomas Jefferson

Morality is the basis of things
and truth is the substance of all morality.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

A system of morality which is based
on relative emotional values
is a mere illusion, a thoroughly vulgar conception
which has nothing sound in it and nothing true.
- Socrates

Morality is simply the attitude we adopt
towards people whom we personally dislike.
- Oscar Wilde

Morality is the theory that every human act
must be either right or wrong,
and that 99 % of them are wrong.
- H. L. Mencken

Morality which depends upon the helplessness
of a man or woman has not much to recommend it.
Morality is rooted in the purity of our hearts.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Art, like morality, consists in drawing the line somewhere.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

We are finally driven to monogamy
not by morality but by exhaustion.
- Erica Jong

Academe, n.: An ancient school where morality and philosophy were taught.
Academy, n.: A modern school where football is taught.
- Ambrose Bierce

Force always attracts men of low morality.
- Albert Einstein

Morality is of the highest importance -
but for us, not for God.
- Albert Einstein

Every young man would do well to remember that all
successful business stands on the foundation of morality.
- Henry Ward Beecher

In a constitutional democracy the moral content of
law must be given by the morality of the framer or legislator,
never by the morality of the judge.
- Robert Bork

We know no spectacle so ridiculous as the British public
in one of its periodical fits of morality.
- Thomas B. Macaulay

Morality is not the doctrine of how we may make ourselves happy,
but how we may make ourselves worthy of happiness.
- Immanuel Kant

I love the gallery, the arena of representation.
It's a commercial world, and morality is based generally around economics,
and that's taking place in the art gallery.
- Jeff Koons

I just think people should find the music that helps
them through the day and enjoy that.
I've never felt like, if somebody does or doesn't like what I'm doing,
it's a morality issue.
- Amy Grant

Watergate provides a model case study of the interaction
and powers of each of the branches of government.
It also is a morality play with a sad and dramatic ending.
- Bob Woodward

Morality is only moral when it is voluntary.
- Lincoln Steffens

There is no morality by instinct.
There is no social salvation in the end without taking thought;
without mastery of logic and application of logic to human experience.
- Katharine Fullerton Gerould


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