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Emma Lazarus

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

    • Emma Lazarus,
    • "An Epistle to the Hebrews," in American Hebrew ()
  • ... Give me your tired, your poor, / Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, / The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. / Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed, to me, / I lift my lamp beside the golden door!

    • Emma Lazarus,
    • "The New Colossus," inscription for the Statue of Liberty (1883), The Poems of Emma Lazarus, vol. 1 ()
  • His cup is gall, his meat is tears, / His passion lasts a thousand years.

    • Emma Lazarus,
    • "The Crowing of the Red Cock," Songs of a Semite ()
  • Life's sharpest rapture is surcease of pain.

    • Emma Lazarus,
    • "In Exile," Songs of a Semite ()
  • The Jewish problem is as old as history, and assumes in each age a new form. The life or death of millions of human beings hangs upon its solution; its agitation revives the fiercest passions for good and for evil that inflame the human breast.

    • Emma Lazarus,
    • "The Jewish Problem" (1882), in H.E. Jacob, The World of Emma Lazarus ()
  • Thou two-faced year, Mother of Change and Fate ...

    • Emma Lazarus,
    • "1492" (1882), in H.E. Jacob, The World of Emma Lazarus ()

Emma Lazarus, U.S. poet, essayist, playwright, writer

(1849 - 1887)