Quotation by Clara Barton

Although its growth may seem to have been slow, it is to be remembered that it is not a shrub, or plant, to shoot up in the summer and wither in the frosts. The Red Cross is a part of us—it has come to stay—and like the sturdy oak, its spreading branches shall yet encompass and shelter the relief of the nation.
Clara Barton (1821–1912), U.S. nurse and founder of the Red Cross. As quoted in Angel of the Battlefield, ch. 20, by Ishbel Ross (1956).

From her parting message, delivered on May 14, 1904, as she retired from the Presidency of the American Red Cross.
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