Use 16 Florence Nightingale Quotes To Celebrate All Nurses

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Take it from the founder of modern nursing!

Use 16 Florence Nightingale Quotes To Praise the Nurses in Your Life

It's time we thank a nurse, don't you think?

Not only do they work harder than most, they are extremely important to the health of society. It might not always be glamorous but we're so thankful for the dedicated men and women who we get to call nurses!

To celebrate Nurse Appreciation Week, we put together a list of quotes from the original nurse, Florence Nightingale. They are motivational quotes to remind the nurse in your life that what she does day in and day out is appreciated.

So send a Florence Nightingale quote to the hardworking nurse in your life and they'll know just how important they are to all of us!

Florence Nightingale Quotes

  • "I attribute my success to this:—I never gave or took an excuse."

  • "You ask me why I do not write something…. I think one’s feelings waste themselves in words, they ought all to be distilled into actions and into actions which bring results."

  • "How very little can be done under the spirit of fear."

  • "The martyr sacrifices herself entirely in vain. Or rather not in vain; for she makes the selfish more selfish, the lazy more lazy, the narrow narrower."

  • "What cruel mistakes are sometimes made by benevolent men and women in matters of business about which they can know nothing and think they know a great deal."

Nursing Quotes from Florence Nightingale

  • "If a patient is cold, if a patient is feverish, if a patient is faint, if he is sick after taking food, if he has a bed-sore, it is generally the fault not of the disease, but of the nursing."

  • "It may seem a strange principle to enunciate as the very first requirement in a hospital that it should do the sick no harm."

  • "The world is put back by the death of every one who has to sacrifice the development of his or her peculiar gifts to conventionality."

  • "Every nurse ought to be careful to wash her hands very frequently during the day. If her face, too, so much the better."

  • "The very first requirement in a hospital is that it should do the sick no harm."

  • "And what nursing has to do in either case, is to put the patient in the best condition for nature to act upon him."

Quotes from Florence Nightingale

  • "Woman has nothing but her affections,--and this makes her at once more loving and less loved."

  • "To understand God's thoughts we must study statistics, for these are the measure of his purpose."

  • "Let whoever is in charge keep this simple question in her head (not, how can I always do this right thing myself, but) how can I provide for this right thing to be always done?"

  • "Were there none who were discontented with what they have, the world would never reach anything better."

  • "I am of certain convinced that the greatest heroes are those who do their duty in the daily grind of domestic affairs whilst the world whirls as a maddening dreidel."

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