80+ Best Dorothy Day Quotes: Exclusive Selection

Dorothy Day was an American journalist, social activist, and Catholic convert. Day initially lived a bohemian lifestyle before gaining public attention as a social activist after her conversion. Inspirational Dorothy Day quotes will encourage you to think a little deeper than you usually would and broaden your perspective.

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Famous Dorothy Day Quotes

If you are going to try and change things, you had better have your wits about you.

The basis of the liturgical movement is prayer, the liturgical prayer of the church.

Don’t worry about being effective. Just concentrate on being faithful to the truth.

Freedom has its roots in religion.

Spend some time reading good books. They tell too of days of striving and of strife.

We certainly can try to grow in love, and it is good practice.

It is not easy always to be joyful, to keep in mind the duty of delight.

You can spend your time agonizing or organizing.

If you feed the poor, you’re a saint. If you ask why they’re poor, you’re a Communist.

It is much happier and more enlivening to love than to be loved.

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

Our problems stem from our acceptance of this filthy, rotten system.

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

The holy man was the whole man who not only tried to change the world but to live in it as it was.

A conversion is a lonely experience.

One of the disconcerting facts about the spiritual life is that God takes you at your word.

Too much praise makes you feel you must be doing something terribly wrong.

The biggest mistake sometimes is to play things very safe in this life.

My radical associates were the ones who were in the forefront of the struggle for a better social order.

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

Common sense in religion is rare, and we are too often trying to be heroic instead of just ordinarily good and kind.

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

We must talk about poverty because people insulated by their own comfort lose sight of it.

We plant seeds that will flower as results in our lives, so best to remove the weeds of anger, avarice, envy, and doubt.

When it comes to labor and politics, I am inclined to be sympathetic to the left.

The cross is there, of course, but in the cross is the joy of spirit.

We should live in such a way that our lives wouldn’t make much sense if the gospel were not true.

The only answer in this life, to the loneliness we are all bound to feel, is community.

The final word is love.

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

We are not, most of us, capable of exalted emotion, save rarely.

You will know your vocation by the joy that it brings you. You will know when it’s right.

Inspirational Dorothy Day Quotes

Idealism in the young, I guess I’m saying, is curiosity as well as goodness trying to express itself.

Love in action is harsh and dreadful when compared to love in dreams.

Men are beginning to realize that they are not individuals but persons in society.

The mystery of poverty is that by sharing in it, making ourselves poor in giving to others, we increase our knowledge of and belief in love.

Do not give to the poor expecting to get their gratitude so that you can feel good about yourself.

We must always aim for the impossible; if we lower our goal, we also diminish our effort.

Dear God, please enlarge our hearts to love each other.

We must reach our brother, never toning down our fundamental oppositions.

Man alone is weak and adrift, that he must seek strength in common action.

It is penance to work, to give oneself to others, to endure the pinpricks of community living.

Our faith is stronger than death, our philosophy is firmer than flesh.

Writing is hard work. But if you want to become a writer you will become one.

I firmly believe that our salvation depends on the poor.

The only thing we can do about people is to love them.

The work is more important than the talking and the writing about the work.

I really only love God as much as I love the person I love the least.

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

It is only through religion that communism can be achieved, and has been achieved over and over.

It is nice to knit a while, put down the needles, write a while, then take up the sock again.

Poverty is simple and complex at once; it is a social phenomenon and a personal matter..

With prayer, one can go on cheerfully and even happily. Without prayer, how grim a journey!

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

God meant for things to be much easier than we have made them.

Charity is only as warm as those who administer it.

An act of love, a voluntary taking on oneself of some of the pain of the world, increases the courage and love.

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.

We must turn the other cheek, give up our cloak, go a second mile.

There is plenty to do, for each one of us, working on our own hearts, changing our own attitudes, in our own neighborhoods.

I learned that the only solution is love and that love comes with community.

Top Dorothy Day Quotes

We need to change the system.

If we love each other enough, we will bear with each other’s faults and burdens.

When they call you a saint, it means basically that you are not to be taken seriously.

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

People, wherever they are, can make a community.

We believe in loving our brothers regardless of race, color, or creed.

When you love people, you see all the good in them, all the Christ in them.

My very life is a protest. Against government.

No one has a right to sit down and feel hopeless. There is too much work to do.

Gospel takes away our right forever, to discriminate between the deserving and the undeserving poor.

Communities are made up of the unlovable as well as the lovable.

Think what the world could look like if we took care of the poor as we do our Bibles!

Our rule is the works of mercy. It is the way of sacrifice, worship, a sense of reverence.

Recording happiness made it last longer often we settled some problem which beset us even while we wrote about it.

Love and ever more love is the only solution to every problem that comes up.

Life itself is a haphazard, untidy, messy affair.

If I have achieved anything in my life, it is because I have not been embarrassed to talk about God.

It is people who are important, not the masses.

Obedience to God and disobedience to the State has, over and over again, happened throughout history.

Since when are words the only acceptable form of prayer?

Everything a baptized person does should be directly or indirectly related to the Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy.

You see I’m such a fool that I’m never afraid of appearing foolish.

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

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?