Dorothy Day

Dorothy Day
Dorothy Day
  • Born: November 8, 1897
  • Died: November 29, 1980
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: Activist

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A family needs work as well as bread. Families, Children & Parenting
It is only through religion that communism can be achieved, and has been achieved over and over Religion & God
Property is proper to man. Economics, The Economy & Fiscal Affairs ;Capitalism
The great work which is to be done is to change public opinion. Public Opinion & Polling
The secular mind is God's huge gift to us, for us to use for the sake of one another. Religion & God
There is now all this patriotic indignation about the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor and Japanese expansionism in Asia. Yet not a word about American and European expansionism in the same area.... We must make a start. We must renounce war as an instrument of policy.... Even as I speak to you I may be guilty of what some men call treason.... You young men should refuse to take up arms. Young women tear down the patriotic posters. And all of you — young and old — put away your flags. Expansionism, Colonialism & Imperialism ;War & Peace
There is now all this patriotic indignation about the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor and Japanese expansionism in Asia. Yet not a word about American and European expansionism in the same area.... We must make a start. We must renounce war as an instrument of policy.... Even as I speak to you I may be guilty of what some men call treason.... You young men should refuse to take up arms. Young women tear down the patriotic posters. And all of you — young and old — put away your flags. War & Peace
We also know that religion, as the Marxists have always insisted, has, too often, like an opiate, tended to put people to sleep to the reality and the need for the present struggle for peace and justice. Religion & God
We are not expecting Utopia here on this earth. But God meant things to be much easier than we have made them. Miscellaneous
We are not expecting Utopia here on this earth. But God meant things to be much easier than we have made them. A man has a natural right to food, clothing, and shelter. A certain amount of goods is necessary to lead a good life. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
We stand at the present time with the Communists, who are also opposing war.... The Sermon on the Mount is our Christian manifesto. War & Peace
When people are standing up for our present rotten system, they are being worse than Communists, it seems to me. Reform, Change, Transformation & Reformers
Where were the saints to try and change the social order, not just to minister to the slaves, but do away with slavery? Rebellion, Revolution, Insurgency & Resistance
Why was so much done in remedying the evil instead of avoiding it in the first place? Reform, Change, Transformation & Reformers
As for ourselves, yes, we must be meek, bear injustice, malice, rash judgment. We must turn the other cheek, give up our cloak, go a second mile.
Certainly we disagree with the Communist Party, as we disagree with other political parties who are trying to maintain the American way of life. Life
Don't call me a saint. I don't want to be dismissed so easily.
First of all, let it be remembered that I speak as an ex-Communist and one who has not testified before Congressional Committees, nor written works on the Communist conspiracy.
Food for the body is not enough. There must be food for the soul. Nutrition, Food, Starvation, Farming & Agriculture
I believe that we must reach our brother, never toning down our fundamental oppositions, but meeting him when he asks to be met, with a reason for the faith that is in us, as well as with a loving sympathy for them as brothers. Religion & God ;Sympathy
I firmly believe that our salvation depends on the poor.
I have long since come to believe that people never mean half of what they say, and that it is best to disregard their talk and judge only their actions.
It is easier to have faith that God will support each House of Hospitality and Farming Commune and supply our needs in the way of food and money to pay bills, than it is to keep a strong, hearty, living faith in each individual around us - to see Christ in him. Religion & God ;Money, Coins & Minting
Knitting is very conducive to thought. It is nice to knit a while, put down the needles, write a while, then take up the sock again.
Love casts out fear, but we have to get over the fear in order to get close enough to love them. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex ;Relationships
Men are beginning to realize that they are not individuals but persons in society, that man alone is weak and adrift, that he must seek strength in common action. Society
Our faith is stronger than death, our philosophy is firmer than flesh, and the spread of the Kingdom of God upon the earth is more sublime and more compelling. Religion & God ;Death
The greatest challenge of the day is: how to bring about a revolution of the heart, a revolution which has to start with each one of us?
The legal battle against segregation is won, but the community battle goes on. Law, Courts, Jails, Crime & Law Enforcement
They cannot see that we must lay one brick at a time, take one step at a time. Time
Together with the Works of Mercy, feeding, clothing and sheltering our brothers, we must indoctrinate.
We are the nation the most powerful, the most armed and we are supplying arms and money to the rest of the world where we are not ourselves fighting. We are eating while there is famine in the world. Money, Coins & Minting
We believe in loving our brothers regardless of race, color or creed and we believe in showing this love by working for better conditions immediately and the ultimate owning by the workers of their means of production. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
We cannot build up the idea of the apostolate of the laity without the foundation of the liturgy.
We have all known the long loneliness, and we have found that the answer is community.
We must recognize the fact that many Nazis, Marxists and Fascists believe passionately in their fundamental rightness, and allow nothing to hinder them from their goal in the pursuit of their mission.
When we have spiritual reading at meals, when we have the rosary at night, when we have study groups, forums, when we go out to distribute literature at meetings, or sell it on the street corners, Christ is there with us.
Women think with their whole bodies and they see things as a whole more than men do. Women
Words are as strong and powerful as bombs, as napalm.

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