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Marriage and Love

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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 molder of human destiny; how can an all-compelling force be synonymous with that poor little State - and Church - begotten weed, marriage?
Paperback, 8 pages
Published December 1st 2000 by Kersplebedeb (first published 1910)
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Sharayu Gangurde
Jun 30, 2016 Sharayu Gangurde rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Since everyone I know keeps talking of the 'right' marriageable age these days as I attend wedding ceremonies almost every other week, it seemed relevant to read a book titled, Marriage and Love by Emma Goldman, a well-known feminist from late 19th century written in 1911. I felt initially it read like an angry woman rant but gradually as I progressed through the text, the core ideas about the vain connection we as society link between marriage and love, became crystal clear.

This is one of thos
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Shanna
Yet another reason not to get married.
Reginacm
Apr 04, 2012 Reginacm rated it liked it
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Tendo em conta a época em que foi escrito, este ensaio constitui um marco na literatura feminista.

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. 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
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Samir
Feb 22, 2014 Samir rated it really liked it
An honest look at one of the world's oldest institutions Marriage and how it differs from Love - an emotion that can't be captured in confines of something as vain as a marriage...
Fluencer
Jun 05, 2016 Fluencer rated it it was amazing
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Its the grim truth, which even the society in which I currently live in, will not accept.
 Croe
Fantastic.
Kersplebedeb
Jan 29, 2008 Kersplebedeb rated it did not like it
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Cindy
Feb 08, 2012 Cindy rated it it was amazing
Though I'd like to get married one day, I 100% agree with Goldman's notions.



*It's only 200 characters so I don't consider this one of my 75 books for the year but I do want to add it here since I did read the essay.
Loránd Szakács
Emma Goldman argues—quite well, I might add—how marriage has nothing to do with love. The prose is beautiful, and the tone striking. Definitely worth a read.
Colum
Short essay and one of her most well known, criticises marriage and explains why it is incompatible with real love.
Marts  (Thinker)
Oct 13, 2012 Marts (Thinker) rated it really liked it
Goldman's feminist views on love and the marriage institution, also expressed in her book Anarchism and other essays...
Seth Kenlon
Oct 27, 2008 Seth Kenlon rated it it was amazing
If ever you believed in the government scam that is Marriage, read this and be cured.
Nazirah Idris
Oct 08, 2015 Nazirah Idris rated it liked it
Beautiful and elegant, but so awkward to read if you're married, with kids.
HeavyReader
Jun 20, 2007 HeavyReader rated it liked it
Recommends it for: anyone thinking about getting married
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More brilliant, still relevant essays by Red Emma.
Ariel
Jul 01, 2014 Ariel rated it it was amazing
An elegant indictment of matrimony.
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Emma Goldman was a feminist anarchist known for her political activism, writing and speeches. She played a pivotal role in the development of anarchist political philosophy in North America and Europe in the first half of the twentieth century.

Born in Kovno in the Russian Empire (present-day Kaunas, Lithuania), Goldman emigrated to the US in 1885 and lived in New York City, where she joined the bu
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“ 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. 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. Yes, love is free; it can dwell in no other atmosphere. In freedom it gives itself unreservedly, abundantly, completely. All the laws on the statutes, all the courts in the universe, cannot tear it from the soil, once love has taken root.” 193 likes
“Love is it's own protection.” 24 likes
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