“Our institutions and conditions rest upon deep-seated ideas. To change those conditions and at the…”

“Our institutions and conditions rest upon deep-seated ideas. To change those conditions and at the same time leave the underlying ideas and values intact means only a superficial transformation, one that cannot be permanent or bring real betterment.”

Emma Goldman, My Disillusionment in Russia

“It may be claimed that men of integrity would not become corrupt in the political grinding mill….”

“It may be claimed that men of integrity would not become corrupt in the political grinding mill. Perhaps not; but such men would be absolutely helpless to exert the slightest influence in behalf of labor, as indeed has been shown in numerous instances. The State is the economic master of its servants. Good men, if such there be, would either remain true to their political faith and lose their economic support, or they would cling to their economic master and be utterly unable to do the slightest good. The political arena leaves one no alternative, one must either be a dunce or a rogue.”

Emma Goldman, “Anarchism, What it Really Stands For”, Anarchism and Other Essays

“Pettiness separates; breadth unites. Let us be broad and big. Let us not overlook vital things…”

“Pettiness separates; breadth unites. Let us be broad and big. Let us not overlook vital things because of the bulk of trifles confronting us.”

Emma Goldman, “The Tragedy of Woman’s Emancipation”, Anarchism and Other Essays

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