Jane Addams Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old Jane Addams quotes, Jane Addams sayings, and Jane Addams proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

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. Jane Addams
Action indeed is the sole medium of expression for ethics. Jane Addams
Social advance depends quite as much upon an increase in moral sensibility as it does upon a sense of duty. Jane Addams
Unless our conception of patriotism is progressive, it cannot hope to embody the real affection and the real interest of the nation. Jane Addams
Hospitality still survives among foreigners, although it is buried under false pride among the poorest Americans. Jane Addams
Young people need pleasure as truly as they need food and air. Jane Addams
The good we secure for ourselves is precarious and uncertain until it is secured for all of us and incorporated into our common life. Jane Addams
The essence of immorality is the tendency to make an exception of myself. Jane Addams
Of all aspects of social misery nothing is so heartbreaking as unemployment. Jane Addams
Civilization is a method of living, an attitude of equal respect for all men. Jane Addams
The worth of every conviction consists precisely in the steadfastness with which it is held. 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. Jane Addams
Of all aspects of social misery nothing is so heartbreaking as unemployment. Jane Addams
It is dreadful the way all the comfortable, happy people stay off to themselves. Jane Addams
Private beneficence is totally inadequate to deal with the vast numbers of the city's disinherited. 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? 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. Jane Addams
The essence of immorality is the tendency to make an exception of myself. Jane Addams
The new growth in the plant swelling against the sheath, which at the same time imprisons and protects it, must still be the truest type of progress. Jane Addams