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Johns Hopkins Quotes


Johns Hopkins
  • Mini Bio
  • Name: Johns Hopkins
  • Born: 19th May 1795, Anne Arundel County, Maryland, USA
  • Died: 24th December 1873, Baltimore, Maryland, USA
  • Occupation: Investor and Philanthropist
  • Famous for: Benevolence and the institutions named after him
  • Shock event: His stance as a staunch abolitionist much to the angst of many citizens of Baltimore
  • Scroll down for full bio and many great quotes

"I have had many talents given to me and I feel they are in trust. I shall not bury them but give them to the lads who long for a wider education"

Johns Hopkins

"Gentlemen:- I have given you in your capacity of trustees, thirteen acres of land, situated in the city of Baltimore, and bounded by Wolfs, Monument, Broadway, and Jefferson streets, upon which I desire you to erect a hospital"

Johns Hopkins

"You are also authorized to receive into this asylum, at your discretion, as belonging to such class, colored children who have lost one parent only, and in exceptional cases to receive colored children who are not orphans"

Johns Hopkins

"I will now, and in each succeeding year during my life until the hospital buildings are fully completed and in readiness to receive patients, place at your disposal the sum of one hundred thousand dollars"

Johns Hopkins

"I desire you to establish, in connection with the hospital, a training school for female nurses. This provision will secure the services of women competent to care for the sick in the hospital wards"

Johns Hopkins

"I leave your board to the exercise of its discretion, believing that your good judgment and experience in life will enable you to make this charity a substantial benefit to the community"

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"It will be your duty hereafter to provide for the erection upon other ground, of suitable buildings for the reception, maintenance and education of orphan colored children"

Johns Hopkins

"I desire you to establish, in connection with the hospital, a training school for female nurses"

Johns Hopkins

"The well-being of children in mother-stepfather families is no greater, on average, than in single-parent families"

Johns Hopkins

"I desire, nevertheless, that the administration of the charity shall be undisturbed by sectarian influence, discipline, or control"

Johns Hopkins

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Johns Hopkins Biography

Johns Hopkins was the successful Maryland businessman and abolitionist whose far sighted philanthropy still benefits the citizens of Baltimore to this day.

After making his money through business and wise investments he financed the founding an orphanage, a hospital and a university with the total being bequeathed amounting to the largest sum ever donated to an American educational and medicinal institution up to that date.



The Johns Hopkins University went on to revolutionise higher education in the U.S. as it combined teaching with an integrated research facility. In the same vein the Johns Hopkins Hospital became a world renowned biomedical research facility that provides integrated healthcare for all patients. At the time he envisaged a training school for nurses in accordance with the template first suggested by Florence Nightingale and the resulting Johns Hopkins School of Medicine is now a consistently top ranking medical school in the U.S.

In line with his abolitionist views he ensured that all races would be provided for in his institutions setting a shining example of philanthropy that knew no racial barriers. His legacy will be remembered for centuries to come in Baltimore and he was also good for a quick quip, so this is my compilation of 10 of the best Johns Hopkins quotes

Quotes About Johns Hopkins

On Tuesday 18th March 1873 the Baltimore city official Mr Kerr was grateful on behalf of the city: "Johns Hopkins has nobly contributed to the future welfare and happiness of our people, and should receive every evidence of public appreciation and gratitude; therefore, Be it resolved by the Mayor and City Council of Baltimore, That the practical and unostentatious charity of Mr. Hopkins, in thus disposing of the wealth which he has accumulated in Baltimore during a life of extraordinary activity, success and usefulness, for the benefit of her own people, has not merely enrolled his name in the list of famous benefactors of mankind, but furnishes the most striking proof of the sincerity and earnestness of his purpose"

In its obituary The Baltimore Sun paid high tribute: "In the death of Johns Hopkins a career has been closed which affords a rare example of successful energy in individual accumulations, and of practical beneficence in devoting the gains thus acquired to the public"


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