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Nellie Bly was born on May 5th, 1864. She was a journalist and investigative reporter for the New York World. Her most famous story is Ten Days in a Mad-House, which she wrote in 1887 after undercover investigating an asylum for ten days. It’s about how she tricked her way into the Women’s Lunatic Asylum on Blackwell’s Island to expose abuse of patients there. Nellie also helped stop a woman from being executed by proving that she was pregnant at the time of her trial. This led to women no longer being sentenced to death while pregnant and without access to legal counsel or representation from family members.
Nellie died during surgery on January 27th 1922 because of complications
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NELLIE BLY QUOTES ON INSANE
Could I PASS A WEEK IN THE INSANE WARD AT BLACKWELL’S ISLAND? I SAID I Could AND I WOULD. AND I DID. — Nellie Bly
I felt sure now that no doctor could tell whether people were insane or not, so long as the case was not violent. Later — Nellie Bly
The insane asylum on Blackwell’s Island is a human rat–trap. It is easy to get in, but once there it is impossible to get out. — Nellie Bly
But here let me say one thing: From the moment I entered the insane ward on the Island, I made no attempt to keep up the assumed role of insanity. — Nellie Bly
I shuddered to think how completely the insane were in the power of their keepers, and how one could weep and plead for release, and all of no avail, if the keepers were so minded. — Nellie Bly
Inspiring Phrases From Nellie Bly
I always liked fog, it lends such a soft, beautifying light to things that otherwise in the broad glare of day would be rude and commonplace. — Nellie Bly
I’ve always had the feeling that nothing is impossible is one applies a certain amount of energy in the right direction. If you want to do it, you can do it. — Nellie Bly
Very WELL,’ I SAID ANGRILY, ‘START THE MAN, AND I’LL START THE SAME DAY FOR SOME OTHER NEWSPAPER AND BEAT HIM.’ — Nellie Bly
To have a good brain the stomach must be cared for. — Nellie Bly
On the wagon sped, and I, as well as my comrades, gave a despairing farewell glance at freedom as we came in sight of the long stone buildings. — Nellie Bly
Nonsense! If you want to do it, you can do it. The question is, do you want to do it? — Nellie Bly
Accept PRAISE FOR ITS WORTH–POLITENESS. BE BRUTALLY FRANK WITH YOURSELF. IT’S SAFER. — Nellie Bly
Various Statements From Nellie Bly
I took upon myself to enact the part of a poor, unfortunate crazy girl, and felt it my duty not to shirk any of the disagreeable results that should follow. — Nellie Bly
A stick beats more ugliness into a person than it ever beats out. — Nellie Bly
It is only after one is in trouble that one realizes how little sympathy and kindness there are in the world. — Nellie Bly
Well, I don’t care about that,’ she said. ‘You are in a public institution now, and you can’t expect to get anything. This is charity, and you should be thankful for what you get. — Nellie Bly
I always had a desire to know asylum life more thoroughly–a desire to be convinced that the most helpless of God’s creatures, the insane, were cared for kindly and properly. — Nellie Bly
Why is Nellie Bly important?
Nellie Bly was the most famous American woman reporter of the 19th century.
Her investigation of conditions at an insane asylum sparked outrage, legal action, and improvements of the treatment of the mentally ill.
Never having failed, I could not picture what failure meant. — Nellie Bly
I was too impatient to work at the usual duties assigned women on newspapers. — Nellie Bly
More Phrases From Nellie Bly
Energy RIGHTLY APPLIED CAN ACCOMPLISH ANYTHING. — Nellie Bly
In Nellie Bly Statements
I had never been near insane persons before in my life, and had not the faintest idea of what their actions were like. — Nellie Bly
People in the world can never imagine the length of days to those in asylums. They seemed never ending, and we welcomed any event that might give us something to think about as well as talk of. — Nellie Bly
Energy rightly applied and directed will accomplish anything. — Nellie Bly
They were being driven to a prison, through no fault of their own, in all probability for life. In comparison, how much easier it would be to walk to the gallows than to this tomb of living horrors! — Nellie Bly
I have never written a word that did not come from my heart. I never shall. — Nellie Bly
I have watched patients stand and gaze longingly toward the city they in all likelihood will never enter again. It means liberty and life; it seems so near, and yet heaven is not further from hell. — Nellie Bly
Deeper Quotes From Nellie Bly
While I live I hope. — Nellie Bly
A free American girl can accommodate herself to circumstances without the aid of a man. — Nellie Bly
Even that was all consumed after two days, and the patients had to try to choke down fresh fish, just boiled in water, without salt, pepper or butter; mutton, beef, and potatoes without the faintest seasoning. — Nellie Bly
I said I could and I would. And I did. — Nellie Bly
I had looked forward so eagerly to leaving the horrible place, yet when my release came and I knew that God’s sunlight was to be free for me again, there was a certain pain in leaving. — Nellie Bly