The people are what matter to government, and a government should aim to give all the people under its jurisdiction the best possible life.— Frances Perkins
The most pioneering Frances Perkins quotes that will activate your desire to change
Being a woman has only bothered me in climbing trees.
Feminism means revolution and I am a revolutionist.
The door might not be opened to a woman again for a long, long time, and I had a kind of duty to other women to walk in and sit down on the chair that was offered, and so establish the right of others long hence and far distant in geography to sit in the high seats.
Out of our first century of national life we evolved the ethical principle that it was not right or just that an honest and industrious man should live and die in misery. He was entitled to some degree of sympathy and security. Our conscience declared against the honest workman's becoming a pauper, but our eyes told us that he very often did.
The accusation that I am a woman is incontrovertible.
It is not the nature of man, as I see it, ever to be quite satisfied with what he has in life.... Contentment tends to breed laxity, but a healthy discontent keeps us alert to the changing needs of our time.
It's only when we're relaxed that the thing way down deep in all of us - call it the subconscious mind, the spirit, what you will - has a chance to well up and tell us how we shall go.
But with the slow menace of a glacier, depression came on.
No one had any measure of its progress; no one had any plan for stopping it. Everyone tried to get out of its way.
Most of man's problems upon this planet, in the long history of the race, have been met and solved either partially or as a whole by experiment based on common sense and carried out with courage.
Our idea of what constitutes social good has advanced with the procession of the ages, from those desperate times when just to keep body and soul together was an achievement, to the great present when "good" includes an agreeable, stable civilization accessible to all, the opportunity of each to develop his particular genius and the privilege of mutual usefulness.
I came to Washington to work for God, FDR, and the millions of forgotten, plain common workingmen.
In America, public opinion is the leader.
You can always get sympathy by using the word small.
With little industries you feel as you do about a little puppy.
To one who believes that really good industrial conditions are the hope for a machine civilization, nothing is more heartening than to watch conference methods and education replacing police methods.