“Love, the strongest and deepest element in all life, the harbinger of hope, of joy, of ecstasy;…”

“Love, the strongest and deepest element in all life, the harbinger of hope, of joy, of ecstasy; love, the defier of all laws, of all conventions; love, the freest, the most powerful moulder of human destiny; how can such an all-compelling force be synonymous with that poor little State and Church-begotten weed, marriage?”

Emma Goldman, “Marriage and Love”, Anarchism and Other Essays

“No one at all capable of an intense conscious inner life need ever hope to escape mental anguish and…”

“No one at all capable of an intense conscious inner life need ever hope to escape mental anguish and suffering. Sorrow and often despair over the so-called eternal fitness of things are the most persistent companions of our life…. It is absolutely necessary that we realize this fact, because people who never get away from the notion that their misfortune is due to the wickedness of their fellows never can outgrow the petty hatred and malice which constantly blames, condemns, and hounds others for something that is inevitable as part of themselves.”

Emma Goldman, “Jealousy: Causes and a Possible Cure”

“There is no greater fallacy than the belief that aims and purposes are one thing, while methods and…”

“There is no greater fallacy than the belief that aims and purposes are one thing, while methods and tactics are another. This conception is a potent menace to social regeneration. All human experience teaches that methods and means cannot be separated from the ultimate aim. The means employed become, through individual habit and social practice, part and parcel of the final purpose; they influence it, modify it, and presently the aims and means become identical.”

Emma Goldman, My Disillusionment in Russia

“Conceit, arrogance and egotism are the essentials of patriotism…. Patriotism assumes that our…”

“Conceit, arrogance and egotism are the essentials of patriotism…. Patriotism assumes that our globe is divided into little spots, each one surrounded by an iron gate. Those who have had the fortune of being born on some particular spot consider themselves nobler, better, grander, more intelligent than those living beings inhabiting any other spot. It is, therefore, the duty of everyone living on that chosen spot to fight, kill and die in the attempt to impose his superiority upon all the others.”

Emma Goldman, “What is Patriotism?”

“Jealousy is the very reverse of understanding, of sympathy, and of generous feeling. Never has…”

“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. What it really does is to make him blind with fury, petty with suspicion, and harsh with envy.”

Emma Goldman, “Jealousy: Causes and a Possible Cure”

“Man has bought brains, but all the millions in the world have failed to buy love. Man has subdued…”

“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.”

Emma Goldman, “Marriage and Love”, Anarchism and Other Essays

“Individuality may be described as the consciousness of the individual as to what he is and how he…”

“Individuality may be described as the consciousness of the individual as to what he is and how he lives. It is inherent in every human being and is a thing of growth. The State and social institutions come and go, but individuality remains and persists. The very essence of individuality is expression; the sense of dignity and independence is the soil wherein it thrives.”

Emma Goldman, “The Individual, Society and the State”

“Today is the parent of tomorrow. The present casts its shadow far into the future. That is the law…”

“Today is the parent of tomorrow. The present casts its shadow far into the future. That is the law of life, individual and social. Revolution that divests itself of ethical values thereby lays the foundation of injustice, deceit, and oppression for the future society. The means used to prepare the future become its cornerstone.”

Emma Goldman, My Disillusionment in Russia

“Jealousy is indeed a poor medium to secure love, but it is a secure medium to destroy one’s…”

“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, “Jealousy: Causes and a Possible Cure”

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