Social advance depends as much upon the process through which it is secured as upon the result itself.
The good we secure for ourselves is precarious and uncertain until it is secured for all of us and incorporated into our common life.
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.
Civilization is a method of living, an attitude of equal respect for all men
True peace is not merely the absence of war, it is the presence of justice.
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.
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.
The essence of immorality is the tendency to make an exception of myself.
In his own way each man must struggle, lest the moral law become a far-off abstraction utterly separated from his active life.
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.
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.
... 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...
... 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.
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!
Action indeed is the sole medium of expression for ethics.
Old-fashioned ways which no longer apply to changed conditions are a snare in which the feet of women have always become readily entangled.
... social advance depends quite as much upon an increase in moral sensibility as it does upon a sense of duty...
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.
Unless our conception of patriotism is progressive, it cannot hope to embody the real affection and the real interest of the nation.
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.
Private beneficence is totally inadequate to deal with the vast numbers of the city's disinherited.