Great Throughts Treasury

A database of quotes

Elizabeth Fry, fully Elizabeth "Betsy" Fry, née Gurney

English Prison Reformer, Social Reformer and Philanthropist

"The encouragement of industry and frugality among the poor, by visits at their own inhabitations; the relief of real distress, whether arising from sickness or other causes; and the prevention."

"Oh Lord, may I be directed what to do and what to leave undone."

"Does Capital punishment tend to the security of the people? By no means. It hardens the hearts of men, and makes the loss of life appear light to them; it renders life insecure, inasmuch as the law holds out that Property is of greater value than life."

""Take Back the Night' isn't just about domestic violence, 'Take Back the Night' is also about being safe going back to your car safety, child's safety, women' safety, men's safety - it's just about not being afraid to be out in the evening. It's for everybody not just women and children, it's for everybody.""

"The confusion and undesigned inaccuracy so often to be observed in conversation, especially in that of uneducated persons, proves that truth needs to be cultivated as a talent, as well as recommended as a virtue."

"Punishment is not for revenge, but to lessen crime and reform the criminal."

"I wish the state of enthusiasm I am now in may last, for today I felt there is a God. I have been devotional and my mind has been led away from the follies that it is mostly wrapped up in."

"Do not stand at my grave and weep; I am not there. I do not sleep. I am a thousand winds that blow. I am the diamond glints on snow. I am the sunlight on ripened grain. I am the gentle autumn rain. When you awaken in the morning’s hush I am the swift uplifting rush Of quiet birds in circled flight. I am the soft stars that shine at night. Do not stand at my grave and cry; I am not there. I did not die."