Quotation by Jane Grey Swisshelm

I had gone into the hospital with the stupid notion that its primary object was the care and comfort of the sick and wounded. It was long after that I learned that a vast majority of all benevolent institutions are gotten up to gratify the aesthetic tastes of the public; exhibit the wealth and generosity of the founders, and furnish places for officers. The beneficiaries of the institutions are simply an apology for their existence, and having furnished that apology, the less said about them the better.
Jane Grey Swisshelm (1815–1884), U.S. newspaperwoman, abolitionist, and human rights activist. Half a Century, ch. 60 (1880).

Recalling her work in Campbell Hospital, Washington, DC, during the Civil War.
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