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"If I can't dance, it's not my revolution!"

"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."

"I'd rather have roses on my table than diamonds on my neck."

"The most violent element in society is ignorance."

"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."

"If voting changed anything, they'd make it illegal."

"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."

"Thus Dante's motto over Inferno applies with equal force to marriage: "Ye who enter here leave all hope behind.""

"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."

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

"When we can't dream any longer we die."

"Someone has said that it requires less mental effort to condemn than to think."

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

"Idealists foolish enough to throw caution to the winds have advanced mankind and have enriched the world."

"Crime is naught but misdirected energy."

"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."

"Heaven must be an awfully dull place if the poor in spirit live there."

"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."

"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."

"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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