Everyone loves reading quotes. They give us a chance to step back and think about past struggles and historical situations. As present developments continue at a rapid-fire pace, sometimes a step back to look at what people said about similar issues helps put things in perspective, giving us further confidence to struggle on.

“Unless the present situation extends our nationalism into internationalism, unless it has thrust forward our patriotism into humanitarianism we cannot meet it.”

Jane Addams

Address before the Chicago Liberty Meeting, April 30, 1899

“1. Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and his family, including food, clothing, housing and medical care and necessary social services and the right to security in the event of unemployment, sickness, disability, widowhood, old age or other lack of livelihood beyond his control.

“2. Motherhood and childhood are entitled to special care and assistance. All children, whether born in or out of wedlock, shall enjoy the same social protection.”

Universal Declaration of Human Rights

adopted by the United Nations General Assembly, December 10, 1948

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