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.
Ch. 17 (Twenty Years at Hull-House (1910))
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 ...Jane AddamsCh. 6 (Twenty Years at Hull-House (1910))
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.Jane AddamsPeace and Bread in Time of War (1922), Chapter 7 : Personal Reactions During War
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?Jane AddamsPeace and Bread in Time of War (1922), Chapter 7 : Personal Reactions During War
Civilization is a method of living, an attitude of equal respect for all men.Jane AddamsSpeech, Honolulu (1933), quoted in The Encarta Book of Quotations (2000) edited by Bill Swainson, page 6, Inscribed in stone at the Chicago Public Library reading garden.
In his own way each man must struggle, lest the moral law become a far-off abstraction utterly separated from his active life.Jane AddamsAs quoted in The MacMillan Dictionary of Quotations (1989) by John Daintith, Hazel Egerton, Rosalind Ferguson, Anne Stibbs and Edmund Wright, p. 374.
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.Jane AddamsCh. 2 (Twenty Years at Hull-House (1910))
We fatuously hoped that we might pluck from the human tragedy itself a consciousness of a common destiny which should bring its own healing, that we might extract from life’s very misfortunes a power of cooperation which should be effective against them.Jane AddamsCh. 7 (Twenty Years at Hull-House (1910))
... 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.Jane AddamsCh. 7 (Twenty Years at Hull-House (1910))
If the Settlement seeks its expression through social activity, it must learn the difference between mere social unrest and spiritual impulse.Jane AddamsTwenty Years at Hull-House, Chapter 9 (1910)
Of all the aspects of social misery nothing is so heartbreaking as unemployment ...Jane AddamsCh. 10 (Twenty Years at Hull-House (1910))
Hospitality still survives among foreigners, although it is buried under false pride among the poorest Americans.Jane AddamsCh. 11 (Twenty Years at Hull-House (1910))
Private beneficence is totally inadequate to deal with the vast numbers of the city's disinherited.Jane AddamsCh. 14 (Twenty Years at Hull-House (1910))
Social advance depends quite as much upon an increase in moral sensibility as it does upon a sense of duty ...Jane AddamsCh. 15 (Twenty Years at Hull-House (1910))
I have come to believe ... that the stage may do more than teach, that much of our current moral instruction will not endure the test of being cast into a lifelike mold, and when presented in dramatic form will reveal itself as platitudinous and effete. That which may have sounded like righteous teaching when it was remote and wordy, will be challenged afresh when it is obliged to simulate life itself.Jane AddamsCh. 16 (Twenty Years at Hull-House (1910))
The common stock of intellectual enjoyment should not be difficult of access because of the economic position of him who would approach it.Jane AddamsCh. 17 (Twenty Years at Hull-House (1910))
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