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Bertha Van Hoosen

  • Production and reproduction is the rural theme that marks the time and synchronizes everything on a farm.

  • Chicago was my unescapable affinity. If I had ever felt for any man what I had experienced for Chicago — I would not only have proposed and bought both the engagement and wedding rings, but even procured the marriage license.

  • I never kept a book or sent a bill during the first ten years of my practice, theorizing that patients belong to one of three classes: those whom no one could prevent paying their bills; those who never pay any bills, even under pressure; and those, to which the vast majority of patients belong, who pay their bills if pleased with the service, and if it is humanly possible.

  • It has taken many years and much suffering for me to learn that to die is as natural as to be born; that without death birth would become a greater tragedy than death ever could be.

  • I am convinced that the colored people are the only group in the United States that, under all circumstances, are kind and polite by nature.

  • The trials and tribulations of the great are often the support and stimulus of the weak.

  • An unlighted open fireplace, little more than a pile of wood and kindling, is a place in which children may play safely until a burning match is applied to it. Then the inert mass is transformed into a flaming source of heat and light; a hazard to those who ignorantly would handle it. I like to compare the grate, piled high with unburned logs, to sex education from which no damage can come until the igniting match of sex awakening kindles a fire — a force that demands understanding to curb and direct its heat.

  • All the afternoon we sat as idle as babies, with nowhere to go, nothing to do and nothing to do it with.

Bertha Van Hoosen, U.S. physician, writer

(1863 - 1952)