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Quotes By Dorothy Day

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DOB
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8-11-1897
DOD
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29-11-1980

Social and religious activist, Dorothy Day first realized her love for spiritual awareness when she chanced upon ‘The Jungle’, a novel written by American journalist Upton Sinclair. The book kindled her conscience and she began differentiating right from wrong. Influenced by this soul-stirring piece of literature, the social worker began to explore what it felt like to be living in poverty. Dorothy realized that even the darkest of all pits held an unrivalled enigmatic appeal. She began appreciating those little things of day-to-day life that we otherwise turn a blind eye to. Be it unassuming geraniums that blossomed from the fissures in walls, the pungent smell of garlic or the mundane fragrance of freshly roasted coffee. Day claimed, “Here was enough beauty to satisfy me”.

 

This compassionate woman’s love for great works of literature increased by the day, as she travelled through the worlds opened up by the likes of Leo Tolstoy and Fyodor Dostoyevsky. The latter’s book, The Brothers Karamazov’ inspired her so much that she readily adopted the quote, “Love in action is a harsh and dreadful thing compared to love in dreams; active love is labor and fortitude”. This passion for compassionate service towards those in need could be seen clearly in her actions, especially after her conversion from Protestantism to Catholicism. Day has made such an impact on Catholics across the world that Pope Francis on his visit to the US in September, 2015, recommended her as an inspiration to look up to.

Don't call me a saint. I don't want to be dismissed so easily.

- Dorothy Day

I firmly believe that our salvation depends on the poor.

- Dorothy Day

They cannot see that we must lay one brick at a time, take one step at a time.

- Dorothy Day

We have all known the long loneliness, and we have found that the answer is community.

- Dorothy Day

Certainly we disagree with the Communist Party, as we disagree with other political parties who are trying to maintain the American way of life.

- Dorothy Day

Food for the body is not enough. There must be food for the soul.

- Dorothy Day

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.

- Dorothy Day

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.

- Dorothy Day

Love casts out fear, but we have to get over the fear in order to get close enough to love them.

- Dorothy Day

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.

- Dorothy Day

The legal battle against segregation is won, but the community battle goes on.

- Dorothy Day

Women think with their whole bodies and they see things as a whole more than men do.

- Dorothy Day

Words are as strong and powerful as bombs, as napalm.

- Dorothy Day

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.

- Dorothy Day

The best thing to do with the best things in life is to give them up.

- Dorothy Day

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.

- Dorothy Day

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