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By Anonym 15 Sep

Jane Addams

Unless our conception of patriotism is progressive, it cannot hope to embody the real affection and the real interest of the nation.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Jane Addams

In a thousand voices singing the Hallelujah Chorus in Handel's "Messiah," it is possible to distinguish the leading voices, but the differences of training and cultivation between them and the voices in the chorus, are lost in the unity of purpose and in the fact that they are all human voices lifted by a high motive.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Jane Addams

The cheap drama brings cause and effect, will power and action, once more into relation and gives a man the thrilling conviction that he may yet be master of his fate.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Jane Addams

Hundreds of poor laboring men and women are being thrown into jails and police stations because of their political beliefs. In fact, an attempt is being made to deport an entire political party.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Jane Addams

We continually forget that the sphere of morals is the sphere of action, that speculation in regard to morality is but observation and must remain in the sphere of intellectual comment, that a situation does not really become moral until we are confronted with the question of what shall be done in a concrete case, and are obliged to act upon our theory.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Jane Addams

One's faith is kept alive as one occasionally meets a realized ideal of better human relations.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Jane Addams

It is easy to become the dupe of a deferred purpose, of the promise the future can never keep.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Jane Addams

Hospitality still survives among foreigners, although it is buried under false pride among the poorest Americans.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Jane Addams

Life cannot be administered by definite rules and regulations; that wisdom to deal with a man's difficulties comes only through some knowledge of his life and habits as a whole.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Jane Addams

We all know that each generation has its own test, the contemporaneous and current standard by which alone it can adequately judge of its own moral achievements, and that it may not legitimately use a previous and less vigorous test. The advanced test must indeed include that which has already been attained; but if it includes no more, we shall fail to go forward, thinking complacently that we have "arrived" when in reality we have not yet started.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Jane Addams

The classical city promoted play with careful solicitude, building the theater and stadium as it built the market place and the temple.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Jane Addams

A city is in many respects a great business corporation, but in other respects it is enlarged housekeeping. ... may we not say that city housekeeping has failed partly because women, the traditional housekeepers, have not been consulted as to its multiform activities?

By Anonym 13 Sep

Jane Addams

But the paradox is here: when cultivated people do stay away from a certain portion of the population, when all social advantages are persistently withheld, it may be for years, the result itself is pointed to as a reason and is used as an argument for the continued withholding.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Jane Addams

All those hints and glimpses of a larger and more satisfying democracy, which literature and our own hopes supply, have a tendency to slip away from us and to leave us sadly unguided and perplexed when we attempt to act upon them.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Jane Addams

This dream that men shall cease to waste strength in competition and shall come to pool their powers of production is coming to pass all over the earth.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Jane Addams

The task of youth is not only its own salvation but the salvation of those against whom it rebels.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Jane Addams

The supreme religious test of our social order is the hideous commerce of prostitution.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Jane Addams

What after all, has maintained the human race on this old globe despite all the calamities of nature and all the tragic failings of mankind, if not faith in new possibilities, and courage to advocate them. Doubtless many times these new possibilities were declared by a man who, quite unconscious of courage, bore the "sense of being an exile, a condemned criminal, a fugitive from mankind." Did every one so feel who, in order to travel on his own proper path had been obliged to leave the traditional highway?

By Anonym 14 Sep

Jane Addams

My temperament and habit had always kept me rather in the middle of the road; in politics as well as in social reform I had been for "the best possible." But now I was pushed far toward the left on the subject of the war and I became gradually convinced that in order to make the position of the pacifist clear it was perhaps necessary that at least a small number of us should be forced into an unequivocal position.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Jane Addams

It is as easy for most of us to keep from stealing our dinners as it is to digest them, and there is quite as much voluntary morality involved in one process as the other.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Jane Addams

The Settlement ... is an experimental effort to aid in the solution of the social and industrial problems which are engendered by the modern conditions of life in a great city. It insists that these problems are not confined to any one portion of the city. It is an attempt to relieve, at the same time, the overaccumulation at one end of society and the destitution at the other.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Jane Addams

If the Settlement seeks its expression through social activity, it must learn the difference between mere social unrest and spiritual impulse.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Jane Addams

The identification with the common lot which is the essential idea of Democracy becomes the source and expression of social ethics. It is as though we thirsted to drink at the great wells of human experience, because we knew that a daintier or less potent draught would not carry us to the end of the journey, going forward as we must in the heat and jostle of the crowd.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Jane Addams

democracy is that which affords a rule of living as well as a test of faith.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Jane Addams

Our conceptions of morality, as all our other ideas, pass through a course of development; the difficulty comes in adjusting our conduct, which has become hardened into customs and habits, to these changing moral conceptions. When this adjustment is not made, we suffer from the strain and indecision of believing one hypothesis and acting upon another.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Jane Addams

Social advance depends as much upon the process through which it is secured as upon the result itself.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Jane Addams

We have learned to say that the good must be extended to all of society before it can be held secure by any one person or any one class. But we have not yet learned to add to that statement, that unless all [people] and all classes contribute to a good, we cannot even be sure that it is worth having.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Jane Addams

The impulse to share the lives of the poor, the desire to make social service, irrespective of propaganda, express the spirit of Christ, is as old as Christianity itself.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Jane Addams

I might believe I had unusual talent if I did not know what good music was; I might enjoy half an hour's practice a day if I were busy and happy the rest of the time. You do not know what life means when all the difficulties are removed! I am simply smothered and sickened with advantages. It is like eating a sweet dessert the first thing in the morning.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Jane Addams

The task of youth is not only its own salvation but the salvation of those against whom it rebels, but in that case there must be something vital to rebel against and if the elderly stiffly refuse to put up a vigorous front of their own, it leaves the entire situation in a mist.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Jane Addams

The blessing which we associate with a life of refinement and cultivation can be made universal and must be made universal if they are to be permanent.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Jane Addams

To attain individual morality in an age demanding social morality, to pride one's self on the results of personal effort when the time demands social adjustment, is utterly to fail to apprehend the situation.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Jane Addams

It is easy to become the dupe of a deferred purpose, of the promise the future can never keep, and I had fallen into the meanest type of self-deception in making myself believe that all this was in preparation for great things to come.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Jane Addams

Of all aspects of social misery nothing is so heartbreaking as unemployment.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Jane Addams

It is possible that an individual may be successful, largely because he conserves all his powers for individual achievement and does not put any of his energy into the training which will give him the ability to act with others. The individual acts promptly, and we are dazzled by his success while only dimly conscious of the inadequacy of his code.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Jane Addams

If the underdog were always right, one might quite easily try to defend him. The trouble is that very often he is but obscurely right, sometimes only partially right, and often quite wrong; but perhaps he is never so altogether wrong and pig-headed and utterly reprehensible as he is represented to be by those who add the possession of prejudices to the other almost insuperable difficulties of understanding him.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Jane Addams

A wise man has told us that "men are once for all so made that they prefer a rational world to believe in and live in.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Jane Addams

Even death itself sometimes fails to bring the dignity and serenity which one would fain associate with old age.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Jane Addams

The worth of every conviction consists precisely in the steadfastness with which it is held.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Jane Addams

Perhaps nothing is so fraught with significance as the human hand, this oldest tool with which man has dug his way from savagery, and with which he is constantly groping forward.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Jane Addams

A very little familiarity with the poor districts of any city is sufficient to show how primitive and genuine are the neighborly relations.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Jane Addams

Intellectual life requires for its expansion and manifestation the influences and assimilation of the interests and affections of others.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Jane Addams

I dreamed night after night that everyone in the world was dead excepting myself, and that upon me rested the responsibility of making a wagon wheel.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Jane Addams

A woman should have the ballot, because without this responsibility she cannot best develop her moral courage.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Jane Addams

Perhaps I may record here my protest against the efforts, so often made, to shield children and young people from all that has to do with death and sorrow, to give them a good time at all hazards on the assumption that the ills of life will come soon enough. Young people themselves often resent this attitude on the part of their elders; they feel set aside and belittled as if they were denied the common human experiences.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Jane Addams

Young people need pleasure as truly as they need food and air.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Jane Addams

Private beneficence is totally inadequate to deal with the vast numbers of the city's disinherited.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Jane Addams

When the entire moral energy of an individual goes into the cultivation of personal integrity, we all know how unlovely the result may become; the character is upright, of course, but too coated over with the result of its own endeavor to be attractive.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Jane Addams

The popular books are the novels, dealing with life under all possible conditions, and they are widely read not only because they are entertaining, but also because they in a measure satisfy an unformulated belief that to see farther, to know all sorts of men, in an indefinite way, is a preparation for better social adjustment--for the remedying of social ills.

By Anonym 19 Sep

Jane Addams

True peace is not merely the absence of war, it is the presence of justice.