Nothing could be worse than the fear that one had given up too soon, and left one unexpended effort that might have saved the world.

— Jane Addams

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The essence of immorality is the tendency to make an exception of myself.

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America's future will be determined by the home and the school. The child becomes largely what he is taught; hence we must watch what we teach, and how we live.

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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?

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I am not one of those who believe - broadly speaking - that women are better than men. We have not wrecked railroads, nor corrupted legislatures, nor done many unholy things that men have done; but then we must remember that we have not had the chance.

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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.

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The good we secure for ourselves is precarious and uncertain - until it is secured for all of us and incorporated into our common life.

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The lessons of great men and women are lost unless they reinforce upon our minds the highest demands which we make upon ourselves; they are lost unless they drive our sluggish wills forward in the direction of their highest ideas.

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Only in time of fear is government thrown back to its primitive and sole function of self-defense and the many interests of which it is the guardian become subordinate to that.

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

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Social advance depends quite as much upon an increase in moral sensibility as it does upon a sense of duty.

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

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It is dreadful the way all the comfortable, happy people stay off to themselves.

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About Jane Addams

Quotes 88 sayings
Nationality American
Profession Activist
Birthday October 16

Much of the insensibility and hardness of the world is due to the lack of imagination which prevents a realization of the experiences of other people.

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You do not know what life means when all the difficulties are removed!

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

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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.

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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.

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No one so poignantly realizes the failures in the social structure as the man at the bottom, who has been most directly in contact with those failures and has suffered most.

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I believe that peace is not merely an absence of war but the nurture of human life, and that in time this nurture would do away with war as a natural process.

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Perhaps nothing is so fraught with significance as the human hand.

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With all the efforts made by modern society to nurture and educate the young, how stupid it is to permit the mothers of young children to spend themselves in the coarser work of the world!

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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

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As democracy modifies our conception of life, it constantly raises the value and function of each member of the community, however humble he may be.

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

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

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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.

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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.

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The very word woman in the writings of the church fathers stood for the basest of temptations... As women were lowered in the moral scale because of their identification with her at the very bottom of the pit, so they cannot rise themselves save as they succeed in lifting her with whose sins they are weighed.

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

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

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Must be grounded in a philosophy whose foundation is on the solidarity of the human race, a philosophy which will not waver when the race happens to be represented by a drunken woman or an idiot boy.

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

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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.

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I had a consuming ambition to possess a miller's thumb.

I believe I have never since wanted anything more desperately than I wanted my right thumb to be flattened as my father’s had become, during his earlier years of a miller’s life.

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

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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.

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

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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?

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In the unceasing ebb and flow of justice and oppression we must all dig channels as best we may, that at the propitious moment somewhat of the swelling tide may be conducted to the barren places of life.

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If in a democratic country nothing can be permanently achieved save through the masses of the people, it will be impossible to establish a higher political life than the people themselves crave.

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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.

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A Settlement is above all a place for enthusiasms, a spot to which those who have a passion for the equalization of human joys and opportunities are early attracted.

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The rich landlord is he who collects with sternness, who accepts no excuse, and will have his own. There are moments of irritation and of real bitterness against him, but there is still admiration, because he is rich and successful.

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An unscrupulous contractor regards no basement as too dark, no stable loft too foul, no rear shanty too provisional, no tenement room too small for his workroom as these conditions imply low rental.

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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.

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