Edith Cavell Quotes

Edith Cavell, was a British nurse who helped Allied servicemen to escape occupied Belgium. She was found guilty of treason and executed.

'Patriotism is not enough, I must have no hatred or bitterness to anyone.'

"I have no fear nor shrinking; I have seen death so often that it is not strange or fearful to me."

"I thank God for this ten weeks' quiet before the end. Life has always been hurried and full of difficulty. This time of rest has been a great mercy. They have all been very kind to me here. But this I would say, standing as I do in view of God and eternity, I realize that patriotism is not enough. I must have no hatred or bitterness towards any one."

Source: Source Records of the Great War, Vol. III, ed. Charles F. Horne, National Alumni 1923, as quoted at


"Someday, somehow, I am going to do something useful, something for people. They are, most of them, so helpless, so hurt and so unhappy. "

"Nothing but physical impossibility, lack of space and money would make me close my doors to Allied refugees."
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