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Dorothy Day, Obl.S.B. (November 8, 1897 – November 29, 1980) was an American journalist, social activist, and devout Catholic convert; she advocated the Catholic economic theory of distributism. She was also considered to be an anarchist and did not hesitate to use the term. In the 1930s, Day worked closely with fellow activist Peter Maurin to establish the Catholic Worker movement, a nonviolent, ... more »

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  • ''The best thing to do with the best things in life is to give them up.''
    Dorothy Day (1897-1980), U.S. religious leader. Quoted in Time (New York, December 29, 1975).
  • Tradition! We scarcely know the word anymore. We are afraid to be either proud of our ancestors or ashamed of them. We scorn nobility in name and in fact. We cling to a bourgeois mediocrity which woul...
    Dorothy Day (1897-1980), U.S. religious leader. The Long Loneliness, pt. 1 (1952).
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