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“I have come to present to you the strong claims of suffering humanity. I come as the advocate of the helpless, forgotten, insane men and women held in cages, closets, cellars, stalls, pens; chained, naked, beaten with rods and lashed into obedience.”
“... in proportion as my own discomfort has increased, my conviction of necessity to search into the wants of the friendless and afflicted has deepened. If I am cold, they too are cold; if I am weary, they are distressed; if I am alone, they are abandoned.”
“[To a woman who claimed she'd rather be dead than unconfined and unfashionable:] My dear, if you continue to lace as tightly as you do now, you will not long have the privilege of choice. You will be both dead and out of fashion.”
“Be of good cheer, for sadness cannot heal the national wounds.”
“Every evil has its good, and every ill an antidote.”
“Of all the calamities to which humanity is subject, none is so dreadful as insanity. ... All experience shows that insanity seasonably treated is as certainly curable as a cold or a fever.”
“What greater bliss than to look back on days spent in usefulness, in doing good to those around us.”
Dorothea Dix, U.S. nurse, social reformer, mental health crusader
(1802 - 1887)
Full name: Dorothea Lynde Dix.