[The Settlement House] must be grounded in a philosophy whose foundation is on the solidarity of the human race, a philosophy which will not waver when the race happens to be represented by a drunken woman or an idiot boy.
Jane Addams (1860–1935), U.S. social worker and social reformer. Twenty Years at Hull-House, ch. 6 (1910).
From a lecture, "The Subjective Necessity for Social Settlements," delivered in 1892 at a summer school run by the Ethical Culture Society. Addams was the founding director of Hull-House, a pioneer "settlement house" in a poor, largely immigrant, Chicago neighborhood.