52+ Best Clara Barton Quotes: Exclusive Selection

Clarissa Harlowe Barton was a pioneering American nurse who founded the American Red Cross. She was a hospital nurse in the American Civil War, a teacher, and patent clerk. Profoundly inspirational Clara Barton quotes will challenge the way you think, and help guide you through any life experience.

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Famous Clara Barton Quotes

You glorify the women who made their way to the front to reach you in your misery, and nurse you back to life. Clara Barton

It irritates me to be told how things have always been done. I defy the tyranny of precedent. I cannot afford the luxury of a closed mind. Clara Barton

Let his work be that of angels, still it will not satisfy all. Clara Barton

You must never think so much as whether you like it or not, whether it is bearable or not; you must never think of anything except the need, and how to meet it. Clara Barton

Let me go, let me go. Clara Barton

I have an almost complete disregard of precedent and a faith in the possibility of something better. Clara Barton

The paths of charity are over roadways of ashes. Clara Barton

People should not say that this or that is not worth learning, giving as their reason that it will not be put to use. They can no more know what information they will need in the future than they will know the weather two hundred years from today. Clara Barton

I always tried to succor the wounded until medical aid and supplies could come up, I could run the risk. Clara Barton

The door that nobody else will go in at, seems always to swing open widely for me. Clara Barton

Offering a hand up is not a hand out. Clara Barton

The surest test of discipline is its absence. Clara Barton

I went to the Senate, accomplished nothing as usual. Clara Barton

It is wise statesmanship which suggests that in time of peace we must prepare for war, and it is no less a wise benevolence that makes preparation in the hour of peace for assuaging the ills that are sure to accompany war Clara Barton

If I were to speak of war, it would not be to show you the glories of conquering armies but the mischief and misery they strew in their tracks. Clara Barton

I go for anything new that might improve the past. Clara Barton

Everybody’s business is nobody’s business, and nobody’s business is my business. Clara Barton

If woman alone had suffered under these mistaken traditions or woman’s subordination if she could have borne the evil by herself, it would have been less pitiful, but her brother man, in the laws he created and ignorantly worshiped, has suffered with her. He has lost her highest help; he has crippled the intelligence he needed; he has belittled the very source of his own being and dwarfed the image of his Maker. Clara Barton

I wonder if a soldier ever does mend a bullet hole in his coat? Clara Barton

You must never so much think as whether you like it or not, whether it is bearable or not; you must never think of anything except the need, and how to meet it.

An institution or reform movement that is not selfish, must originate in the recognition of some evil that is adding to the sum of human suffering, or diminishing the sum of happiness. Clara Barton

I may be compelled to face danger, but never fear it, and while our soldiers can stand and fight, I can stand and feed and nurse them.

When I reached home and looked in the mirror, my face was still the color of gunpowder, a deep blue. Oh yes I went to the front! Clara Barton

The door that nobody else will go in at, seems always to swing open widely for me.

I am glad to know that somewhere they have learned their duty to their country, and have come up neither cowards nor traitors. Clara Barton

I have an almost complete disregard of precedent, and a faith in the possibility of something better. It irritates me to be told how things have always been done. I defy the tyranny of precedent. I go for anything new that might improve the past.

You called us angels. Who opened the way for women to go and make it possible? Clara Barton

People should not say that this or that is not worth learning, giving as their reason that it will not be put to use. They can no more know what information they will need in the future than they will know the weather two hundred years from today.

I don’t know how long it has been since my ear has been free from the roll of a drum. It is the music I sleep by and I love it. Clara Barton

I have never worked for fame or praise, and shall not feel their loss as I otherwise would. I have never for a moment lost sight of the humble life I was born to, its small environments, and the consequently little right I had to expect much of myself, and shall have the less to censure, or upbraid myself with for the failures I must see myself make.

Others are writing my biography, and let it rest as they elect to make it. Clara Barton

Everybody’s business is nobody’s business, and nobody’s business is my business.

I have never for a moment lost sight of the humble life I was born to. Clara Barton

You must never think of anything except the need, and how to meet it. Clara Barton​

I write letters home for wounded soldiers, not political addresses. Clara Barton

Everybody’s business is nobody’s business, and nobody’s business is my business. Clara Barton

My business is stanching blood and feeding fainting men; my post the open field between the bullet and the hospital. Clara Barton

I have lived my life, well and ill, always less well than I wanted it to be but it is, as it is, and as it has been so small a thing, to have had so much about it. Clara Barton

I cannot afford the luxury of a closed mind. Clara Barton

A ball had passed between my body and the right arm which supported him, cutting through the sleeve and passing through his chest from shoulder to shoulder. There was no more to be done for him and I left him to his rest. I have never mended that hole in my sleeve. Clara Barton

What could I do but go with the Civil War soldiers, or work for them and my country? Clara Barton

You can fire your secretary, divorce your spouse, abandon your children. But they remain your co authors forever. Ellen Goodman

The patriot blood of my father was warm in my veins. Clara Barton

I went out to visit Dorsey Burnette, after I graduated high school. Jimmy Griffin

I defy the tyranny of precedent. I go for anything new that might improve the past. Clara Barton

I may be compelled to face danger, but never fear it, and while our soldiers can stand and fight, I can stand and feed and nurse them. Clara Barton

I have an almost complete disregard of precedent, and a faith in the possibility of something better. It irritates me to be told how things have always been done. Clara Barton

I shall remain here while anyone remains, and do whatever comes to my hand. Clara Barton

People should not say that this or that is not worth learning, giving as their reason that it will not be put to use. Clara Barton

I have lived my life, well and ill, always less well than I wanted it to be but it is, as it is, and as it has been; so small a thing, to have had so much about it! Clara Barton

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