JANE ADDAMS QUOTES

American social worker (1860-1935)

Jane Addams quote

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.

JANE ADDAMS, Peace and Bread in Time of War

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

JANE ADDAMS, attributed, Reader's Digest Quotable Quotes

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

JANE ADDAMS, Twenty Years at Hull-House

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Tags: humanity, society


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.

JANE ADDAMS, Democracy and Social Ethics

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We are learning that a standard of social ethics is not attained by travelling a sequestered byway, but by mixing on the thronged and common road where all must turn out for one another, and at least see the size of one another's burdens.

JANE ADDAMS, Democracy and Social Ethics

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What is a great man who has made his mark upon history? Every time, if we think far enough, he is a man who has looked through the confusion of the moment and has seen the moral issue involved; he is a man who has refused to have his sense of justice distorted; he has listened to his conscience until conscience becomes a trumpet call to like-minded men, so that they gather about him, and together, with mutual purpose and mutual aid, they make a new period in history.

JANE ADDAMS, address to the Union League Club of Chicago, Feb. 23, 1903

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Tags: justice, morality


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.

JANE ADDAMS, The Second Twenty Years at Hull-House

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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, attributed, The Words of Extraordinary Women

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Tags: quitting, perseverance


If the meanest man in the republic is deprived of his rights, then every man in the republic is deprived of his rights.

JANE ADDAMS, address to the Union League Club of Chicago, Feb. 23, 1903

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Tags: justice


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.

JANE ADDAMS, Twenty Years at Hull-House

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Tags: equality


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.

JANE ADDAMS, address before the Chicago Political Equality League, 1897

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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.

JANE ADDAMS, Democracy and Social Ethics

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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.

JANE ADDAMS, Twenty Years at Hull-House

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Tags: competition, cooperation


The lessons of great men 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 ideals.

JANE ADDAMS, Democracy and Social Ethics

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Tags: idealism, progress


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.

JANE ADDAMS, Democracy and Social Ethics

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Tags: democracy


We forget that the accumulation of knowledge and the holding of convictions must finally result in the application of that knowledge and those convictions to life itself.

JANE ADDAMS, Democracy and Social Ethics

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Tags: knowledge, life


Civilization is a method of living, an attitude of equal respect for all men.

JANE ADDAMS, speech in Honolulu, 1933

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Tags: civilization, respect


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

JANE ADDAMS, Twenty Years at Hull-House

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Tags: unemployment, misery


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.

JANE ADDAMS, Democracy and Social Ethics

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Tags: empathy, imagination


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.

JANE ADDAMS, Democracy and Social Ethics

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Tags: progress, morality