Emma Goldman quote about understanding from Anarchism and Other Essays - The motto should not be: Forgive one another; rather, Understand one another.
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The motto should not be: Forgive one another; rather, Understand one another.
 Emma Goldman, Anarchism and Other Essays (1910). copy citation

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“The problem that confronts us today, and which the nearest future is to solve, is how to be one's self and yet in oneness with others, to feel deeply with all human beings and still retain one's own characteristic qualities. This seems to me to be the basis upon which the mass and the individual, the true democrat and the true individuality, man and woman, can meet without antagonism and opposition. The motto should not be: Forgive one another; rather, Understand one another. The oft-quoted sentence of Madame de Stael: "To understand everything means to forgive everything," has never particularly appealed to me; it has the odor of the confessional; to forgive one's fellow-being conveys the idea of pharisaical superiority.” source

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