"At no time in the history of the city, was it so ill prepared. War needs had depleted available hospital beds, doctors, nurses, druggists and supplies, and later, when the need for them came, there were insufficient laundresses, graves, grave diggers and even shroud makers."
- Lillian Wald, 1918
"The young nurse who had seen her first slum home a quarter of a century earlier had grown into a woman who combined superb organizing ability with a steady and seasoned courage. She knew what had to be done."
- R.L. Duffus, author, Lillian Wald: Neighbor & Crusader