20 Quotes About Nursing And Life From The ‘Lady With The Lamp’, Florence Nightingale

Known as the ‘Lady with the Lamp’, Florence Nightingale revolutionized nursing and reformed hospitals. She dedicated her life to the helpless and miserable. A true hero to the soldiers during the Crimean War, she barely slept at night, choosing instead to make rounds at the hospital only to ensure the well-being of the others. soldiers – the reason for its iconic title. Here are some quotes about nursing and the life of this inspiring nurse:

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  1. “Mankind must make heaven before we can ‘go to heaven’ (as the phrase goes), in this world as in any other.”
  2. “Apprehension, uncertainty, waiting, expectation, fear of surprise, do more harm to the patient than any effort. Remember that he is face to face with his enemy all the time.
  3. “There is a physical, not a moral, impossibility of supplying the needs of the intellect in the state of civilization to which we have arrived.”
  4. “There is no part of my life that I can look back on without pain.”
  5. “No man, not even a doctor, gives another definition of what a nurse should be than this: ‘dedicated and obedient.’ This definition would work just as well for a goalie. It could even work for a horse. It wouldn’t do for a cop.
  6. live life when you have it. Life is a splendid gift, there is nothing small about it”.
  7. “Instead of dying ten times in the waves, announcing the way to a new world, than standing idly by on the shore.”
  8. “How little can be done in the spirit of fear.”
  9. “I attribute mysuccess to this – I never gave or took any excuse.”
  10. “If there were no one who was dissatisfied with what they have, the world would never achieve anything better.”
  11. “The world is backward by the death of all those who have to sacrifice the development of their peculiarpresents to conventionality.”
  12. “What cruel mistakes are sometimes made by benevolent men and women in business matters of whom they can know nothing and think they know a great deal.”
  13. “Rather than wanting more female-trained doctors to join what is out there, I want to see as few doctors as possible, whether they are male or female. Because, look closely, the women they have not improved, they have only tried to be ‘men’ and have only managed to be third-rate men”.
  14. “Everything is incomplete. The world does nothing but draw”.
  15. “I think onefeelings get wasted on words; all should be distilled in actions that bring results.”
  16. “People say the effect is only on the mind. It is not such a thing. The effect is also on the body. As little as we know about how we are affected by shape, color, and light, we do know this, that they have a real physical effect. The variety of shapes and the brilliance of color in the objects presented to the patients are real means of recovery”.
  17. “If you knew how irrationally sick people get from reasonable causes of distress, you would worry more about all these things.”
  18. “The first requirement in a hospital is that it does not harm the patients.”
  19. “So never lose achance to urge a practical beginning, however small, for it is wonderful how often in such matters the mustard seed germinates and takes root by itself.”
  20. “By mortifying vanity we do ourselves no good. It is the lack of interest in our life that produces it; filling that lack of interest in our life, only we can remedy it.
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