Florence Nightingale Quotes

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

I attribute my success to this:—I never gave or took an excuse. – Florence Nightingale

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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