Dorothy Day Quotes
Death PlaceNew York City
SpouseBerkeley Tobey, Forster Batterham
EducationUniversity of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
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.