Quotations From CLARA BARTON


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  • ... the surest test of discipline is its absence.
    Clara Barton (1821-1912), U.S. nurse; founder of the American Red Cross. The Story of My Childhood (1907). Recalling her early days as a New Jersey schoolteacher.
  • ... it has always proved that the grandeur of a nation was shown by the respect paid to woman.
    Clara Barton (1821-1912), U.S. nurse; founder of the American Red Cross. As quoted in History of Woman Suffrage, vol. 5, ch. 2, by Ida Husted Harper (1922). In an address delivered in February 1902 to the thirty-fourth annual convention of the National Woman Suffrage Association.

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  • [On being told that "every woman should stand with bared head before Susan B. Anthony":] Yes, and every man as well.
    Clara Barton (1821-1912), U.S. nurse; founder of the American Red Cross. As quoted in History of Woman Suffrage, vol. 5, ch. 6, by Ida Husted Harper (1922). Speaking in February 1906 before the thirty-eighth annual convention of the National Woman Suffrage Association. This was the last convention that Anthony (1820-1906) would attend; she had been a suffrage leader for 54 years and was a greatly respected and beloved figure.

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  • ... the door that nobody else will go in at, seems always to swing open widely for me.
    Clara Barton (1821-1912), U.S. Civil War nurse and founder of the American Red Cross. As quoted in Angel of the Battlefield, ch. 14, by Ishbel Ross (1956). Written in 1892.
  • Economy, prudence, and a simple life are the sure masters of need, and will often accomplish that which, their opposites, with a fortune at hand, will fail to do.
    Clara Barton (1821-1912), U.S. Civil War nurse and founder of the American Red Cross. As quoted in Angel of the Battlefield, ch. 19, by Ishbel Ross (1956). In a letter written c. 1912 to Mrs. John A. Logan, who had succeeded Barton in the Presidency of the American Red Cross after her retirement in 1904.

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