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Rose Pastor Stokes
“Surely there is not a capitalist or well-informed person in this world today who believes that [World War I] is being fought to make the world safe for democracy. It is being fought to make the world safe for capital.”
“Every problem born of our poverty brought with it a sense of impotence: No escape, no help, anywhere!”
“... there are times when sympathy is as necessary as the air we breathe.”
“Fill the cup of happiness for others, and there will be enough overflowing to fill yours to the brim.”
“My ideal is that we all be economically interdependent. We should not be independent like millionaires, nor dependent like laborers. My ideal is that we all be interdependent.”
“No government that is for the profiteers can also be for the people, and I am for the people, while the government is for the profiteers.”
“Whether you believe in a creed, or what you call religion, or not, there is something in Socialism that must move you. How can you love God, whom you have not seen, if you do not love your fellow man, whom you have seen?”
“Some pray to marry the man they love, / My prayer will somewhat vary: / I humbly pray to Heaven above / That I love the man I marry.”
Rose Pastor Stokes, Polish-born U.S. labor organizer, journalist
(1879 - 1933)
Born: Rosalie Harriet Wieslander, sometimes known as Zelda.