“It is good, big work I have in hand!” Frederick Law Olmsted at the start of his work with United States Sanitary Commission, the forerunner of the American Red Cross. He was its field superintendent during the peninsular campaign for the Army of the Potomac during the Civil War.
“I was active, imaginative, impulsive, enterprising, trustful and heedless. This made me troublesome and mischievous.” —Frederick Law Olmsted
“From this gentleman’s practical training as an agriculturist, His horticultural writings, His talents and character we believe him eminently qualified for the duties of the office of Superintendent of The Central Park New York.” —Washington Irving, and the members of search committee.
“I’m 36 and starting a new career.” Frederick Law Olmsted at the start of his employment on the Central Park Project.
“It is one great purpose of the park to supply to the hundreds of thousands of tired workers a specimen of God’s handiwork that shall be to them what a month or two in the White Mountains is to those in easier circumstances.” Frederick Law Olmsted
“Let us not seek for present delight, nor for present use alone. Let us seek such work as our descendants will thank us for.” —Frederick Law Olmsted