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Quotes by Emma Lazarus

  • American poet
  • Born July 22, 1849
  • Died November 19, 1887

Emma Lazarus (July 22, 1849 – November 19, 1887) was an American author of poetry, prose, and translations, as well as an activist. She wrote the sonnet The New Colossus in 1883, which includes "lines of world-wide welcome". Its lines appear inscribed on a bronze plaque on the pedestal of the Statue of Liberty, installed in 1903, a decade and a half after Lazarus's death. The last stanza of the sonnet was set to music by Irving Berlin as the song "Give Me Your Tired, Your Poor" for the 1949 musical Miss Liberty, which was based on the sculpting of the Statue of Liberty (Liberty Enlightening the World).


Jews are the intensive form of any nationality whose language and customs they adopt.




Until we are all free, we are none of us free.


I am never going to write for the sake of writing.




I am perfectly conscious that this contempt and hatred underlies the general tone of the community towards us, and yet when I even remotely hint at the fact that we are not a favorite people I am accused of stirring up strife and setting barriers between the two sects.




My own curiosity and interest are insatiable.




The particular article ought in my opinion to be treated with absolute contempt. It is too vile to touch.




Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.

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