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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.
The State is the altar of political freedom and, like the religious altar, it is maintained for the purpose of human sacrifice.
All claims of education notwithstanding, the pupil will accept only that which his mind craves.
Women need not always keep their mouths shut and their wombs open.
Heaven must be an awfully dull place if the poor in spirit live there.
Idealists foolish enough to throw caution to the winds have advanced mankind and have enriched the world.
Crime is naught but misdirected energy.
One cannot be too extreme in dealing with social ills; the extreme thing is generally the true thing.
Politics is the reflex of the business and industrial world.
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.
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.
Prostitution, although hounded, imprisoned, and chained, is nevertheless the greatest triumph of Puritanism.
Idealists are foolish enough to throw caution to the winds. They have advanced mankind and have enriched the world.
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.
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?
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.
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.
There is no hope even that woman, with her right to vote, will ever purify politics.
Woman, essentially a purist, is naturally bigoted and relentless in her effort to make others as good as she thinks they ought to be.
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.
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