19 Famous Dorothea Dix Quotes

19 Famous Dorothea Dix Quotes

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Dorothea Dix, born in the early 1800′s, was a educator, activist and author. Her main cause was for the humane care and treatment of the insane as well as the educations of underprivileged children. After helping her community by opening a school house she fell ill. While she was ill she wrote many children’s stories and devotionals. She passed on July 17, 1887.

“A man usually values that most for which he has labored; he uses that most frugally which he has toiled hour by hour and day by day to acquire.”

“For in all the world there are no people so piteous and forlorn as those who are forced to eat the bitter bread of dependency in their old age, and find how steep are the stairs of another man’s house. Wherever they go they know themselves unwelcome. Wherever they are, they feel themselves a burden. There is no humiliation of the spirit they are not forced to endure. Their hearts are scarred all over with the stabs from cruel and callous speeches.”

“I come to present the strong claims of suffering humanity. I come to place before the Legislature of Massachusetts the condition of the miserable, the desolate, the outcast. I come as the advocate of helpless, forgotten, insane men and women; of beings sunk to a condition from which the unconcerned world would start with real horror.”

“I have learned to live each day as it comes, and not to borrow trouble by dreading tomorrow. It is the dark menace of the future that makes cowards of us.”

“I think even lying on my bed I can still do something.”

“In a world where there is so much to be done. I felt strongly impressed that there must be something for me to do.”

“It is a queer thing, but imaginary troubles are harder to bear than actual ones.”

“Man is not made better by being degraded; he is seldom restrained from crime by harsh measures, except the principle of fear predominates in his character; and then he is never made radically better for its influence.”

“Nobody wants to kiss when they are hungry.”

“Society, during the last hundred years, has been alternately perplexed and encouraged, respecting the two great questions –how shall the criminal and pauper be disposed of, in order to reduce crime and reform the criminal on the one hand, and, on the other, to diminish pauperism and restore the pauper to useful citizenship?”

“The jealous bring down the curse they fear upon their own heads.”

“The price of indulging yourself in your youth in the things you cannot afford is poverty and dependence in your old age.”

“The reason husbands and wives do not understand each other is because they belong to different sexes.”

“The tapestry of history has no point at which you can cut it and leave the design intelligible.”

“There is no weapon in the feminine armory to which men are so vulnerable as they are to a smile.”

“There isn’t a single human being who hasn’t plenty to cry over, and the trick is to make the laughs outweigh the tears.”

“We are never happy until we learn to laugh at ourselves.”

“While we diminish the stimulant of fear, we must increase to prisoners the incitements of hope: in proportion as we extinguish the terrors of the law, we should awaken and strengthen the control of the conscience.”

“You never saw a very busy person who was unhappy.”