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120 Florence Nightingale Quotes that lights a ray of empathy & hope!

Florence Nightingale also knowns as ‘The Lady with the Lamp’ revolutionized the nursing profession to make it a mainstream industry. She set the example of how nursing should be done when she served the wounded soldiers of the Crimean War. It was due to her efforts that showed more soldiers died due to bad hygiene and sanitary conditions than wounds. Taking care of the aforementioned conditions, immensely reduced the death rates and earned her international recognition. In spite of all this international recognition, she stayed humble and this what made her immortal. We have handpicked these Florence Nightingale Quotes to remember her contributions to society.

She earned the name of  ‘The Lady with the Lamp’ as she used to walk through each corridor with a lamp on her hand. She did this just to see if anyone needs her help either physically or mentally. The Times newspaper first mentioned her with this name. Later Henry Wadsworth Longfellow also mentioned her with this name in his 1857 poem ‘Santa Filomena’.

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Florence Nightingale Quotes

I attribute my success to this – I never gave or took any excuse – Florence Nightingale


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


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


I think one’s feelings waste themselves in words; they ought all to be distilled into actions which bring results.
– Florence Nightingale


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So never lose an opportunity of urging a practical beginning, however small, for it is wonderful how often in such matters the mustard-seed germinates and roots itself.
– Florence Nightingale


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


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


Were there’s none who were discontented with what they have, the world would never reach anything better.
– Florence Nightingale


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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.
– Florence Nightingale


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


Florence Nightingale Quotes on Nursing

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


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


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So never lose an opportunity of urging a practical beginning, however small, for it is wonderful how often in such matters the mustard-seed germinates and roots itself.
– Florence Nightingale


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


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.
– Florence Nightingale


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.
– Florence Nightingale


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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?
– Florence Nightingale


To understand God’s thoughts we must study statistics, for these are the measure of his purpose.
– Florence Nightingale


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.
– Florence Nightingale


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


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No man, not even a doctor, ever gives any other definition of what a nurse should be than this – ‘devoted and obedient’. This definition would do just as well for a porter. It might even do for a horse. It would not do for a policeman.
– Florence Nightingale


Instead of wishing to see more doctors made by women joining what there are, I wish to see as few doctors, either male or female, as possible. For, mark you, the women have made no improvement. They have only tried to be “men’ and they have only succeeded in being third-rate men.
– Florence Nightingale


Famous Florence Nightingale Quotes

What the horrors of war are, no one can imagine. They are not wounds, and blood and fever, spotted and low, or dysentery, chronic and acute, cold and heat and famine. They are intoxication, drunken brutality, demoralization and disorder on the part of the inferior… jealousies, meanness, indifference, selfish brutality on the part of the superior.
– Florence Nightingale


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


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


The amount of relief and comfort experienced by the sick after the skin has been carefully washed and dried, is one of the commonest observations made at a sick bed.
– Florence Nightingale


Women should have the true nurse calling, the good of the sick first the second only the consideration of what is their ‘place’ to do – and that women who want for a housemaid to do this or the charwomen to do that, when the patient is suffering, have not the making of a nurse in them.
– Florence Nightingale


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


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By mortifying vanity, we do ourselves no good. It is the want of interest in our life which produces it; by filling up that want of interest in our life we can alone remedy it.
– Florence Nightingale


Everything is sketchy. The world does nothing but sketch.
– Florence Nightingale


In it and in the other prayers of the Mystics there is scarcely a petition. There is never a word of the theory that God’s dealings with us are to show His “power”; still less of the theory.
– Florence Nightingale


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


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


There is a physical, not moral, impossibility of supplying the wants of the intellect in the state of civilisation at which we have arrived.
– Florence Nightingale


Some more Florence Nightingale Quotes

Women dream till they have no longer the strength to dream; those dreams against which they struggle, so honestly, vigorously, and conscientiously, and so in vain, yet which are there.
– Florence Nightingale


For the sick it is important to have the best.
– Florence Nightingale


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Apprehension, uncertainty, waiting, expectation, fear of surprise, do a patient more harm than any exertion. Remember he is face to face with his enemy all the time.
– Florence Nightingale


For it may safely be said, not that the habit of ready and correct observation will by itself make us useful nurses, but that without it we shall be useless with all our devotion.
– Florence Nightingale


Hospitals are only an intermediate stage of civilization, never intended … to take in the whole sick population. May we hope that the day will come … when every poor sick person will have the opportunity of a share in a district sick-nurse at home.
– Florence Nightingale


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


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It is the unqualified result of all my experience with the sick that, second only to their need of fresh air, is their need of light; that, after a close room, what hurts them most is a dark room and that it is not only light but direct sunlight they want.
– Florence Nightingale


The first possibility of rural cleanliness lies in water supply.
– Florence Nightingale


People say the effect is only on the mind. It is no such thing. The effect is on the body, too. Little as we know about the way in which we are affected by form, by color, and light, we do know this, that they have an actual physical effect. Variety of form and brilliancy of color in the objects presented to patients, are actual means of recovery.
– Florence Nightingale


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


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The very elements of what constitutes good nursing are as little understood for the well as for the sick. The same laws of health, or of nursing, for they are in reality the same, obtain among the well as among the sick.
– Florence Nightingale


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


Inspirational Quotes by Florence Nightingale

Asceticism is the trifling of an enthusiast with his power, a puerile coquetting with his selfishness or his vanity, in the absence of any sufficiently great object to employ the first or overcome the last.
– Florence Nightingale


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


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The only English patients I have ever known refuse tea, have been typhus cases; and the first sign of their getting better was their craving again for tea.
– Florence Nightingale


I have lived and slept in the same bed with English countesses and Prussian farm women… no woman has excited passions among women more than I have.
– Florence Nightingale


The martyr sacrifices themselves entirely in vain. Or rather not in vain; for they make the selfish more selfish, the lazy more lazy, the narrow narrower.
– Florence Nightingale


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


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I do see the difference now between me and other men. When a disaster happens, I act and they make excuses.
– 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.
– Florence Nightingale


Nursing is a progressive art such that to stand still is to go backwards.
– Florence Nightingale


If you knew how unreasonably sick people suffer from reasonable causes of distress, you would take more pains about all these things.
– Florence Nightingale


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Let us never consider ourselves finished nurses. We must be learning all of our lives.
– Florence Nightingale


Remember my name, cause you’ll be screaming it later.
– Florence Nightingale


Our first journey is to find that special place for us.
– Florence Nightingale


Woman has nothing but her affections, and this makes her at once more loving and less loved.
– Florence Nightingale


Florence Nightingale was assuredly a great human being as well as a passionate nurse who lived her entire life in taking care and showing love for other human beings. So, please do share these Florence Nightingale quotes with others to show love and respect to her!

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