Florence Nightingale Quotes

Rather, ten times, die in the surf, heralding the way to a new world, than stand idly on the shore.

Mankind must make heaven before we can “go to heaven” (as the phrase is), in this world as in any other.

I attribute my success to this:—I never gave or took any excuse.

The first possibility of rural cleanliness lies in the water supply.

I think one’s feelings waste themselves in words, they ought all to be distilled into actions and into actions that bring results.

For the sick it is important to have the best.

That Religion is not devotion, but work and suffering for the love of God; this is the true doctrine of Mystics.

It is very well to say “be prudent, be careful, tries to know each other.” But how are you to know each other?

That “of His own good pleasure” He has ” predestined” any souls to eternal damnation.

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

Everything is sketchy. The world does nothing but sketch.

Wise and humane management of the patient is the best safeguard against infection.

The craving for ‘the return of the day, which the sick so constantly evince, is generally nothing but the desire for light.

If a nurse declines to do these kinds of things for her patient, ‘because it is not her business, I should say that nursing was not her calling.

To be ‘in charge’ is certainly not only to carry out the proper measures yourself but to see that everyone else does so too.

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

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

She said the object and color in the materials around us actually have a physical effect on us, on how we feel.

Live life when you have it. Life is a splendid gift – there is nothing small about it.

There is no part of my life, upon which I can look back without pain.

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

To be a fellow-worker with God is the highest aspiration of which we can conceive man capable.

Never dispute with anybody who wishes to contradict you, says a most reasonable saint.

I stand at the altar of the murdered men, and, while I live, I fight their cause.

I did not think of going to give myself a position, but for the sake of common humanity.

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