Florence Nightingale Quotes to Keep You Motivated

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Florence Nightingale is one of the most influential and inspiring women in history and for more reasons than one. Nightingale, also known as the ‘Lady With The Lamp’ or the ‘Angel of Crimea,’ was an instrumental figure during the Crimean War as she helped revolutionize nursing as we know it.

At the time, many soldiers’ deaths were attributed to infections from their injuries rather than actual battle injuries. As such, Nightingale teamed up with several other nurses to try and improve the unsanitary conditions at a British base hospital. Born on May 12, 1820, in Florence, Italy, her efforts helped reduce the death toll significantly, thus starting a worldwide healthcare reform in the process through her writings.

Nightingale earned the title ‘Lady With The Lamp‘ due to her routine of tending to patients at night while carrying a lamp. With her experiences in the Crimean War, she wrote a lengthy 830-page report proposing reforms for military hospitals, which earned her the hero status upon her return home.

Queen Victoria even gifted her an engraved brooch, now referred to as ‘The Nightingale Jewel,’  and $250,000. The nurse invested the money to establish the St. Thomas Hospital and start a training school for nurses within the hospital named after her, called the Nightingale Training School for Nurses.

Today Nightingale’s legacy remains a solid standing point for all nurses everywhere. However, with the various distractions in life, it’s easy to forget about why you got into nursing in the first place. So here are some interesting and inspiring quotes from the ‘Angel of Crimea’ to keep you motivated.

Inspiring Florence Nightingale Quotes

  • The world is put back by the death of everyone who has to sacrifice the development of his or her peculiar gifts to conventionality
  • We’re there none who were discontented with what they have… the world would never reach anything better.
  • 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.
  • There is no part of my life, upon which I can look back without pain
  • I attribute my success to this… I never gave or took any excuse.
  • Rather, ten times, die in the surf, heralding the way to a new world than stand idly on the shore.
  • How very little can be done under the spirit of fear
  • I do see the difference now between me and other men. When a disaster happens, I act, and they make excuses
  • I think one’s feelings waste themselves in words; they ought all to be distilled into actions which bring results
  • 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.
  • It is very well to say, “Be prudent, be careful, try to get to know each other.” But how are you to know each other?
  • Mankind must make heaven before we can “go to heaven” (as the phrase is), in this world as in any other.
  • I think one’s feelings waste themselves in words…They ought all to be distilled into actions which bring results.
  • Were there none who were discontented with what they have… The world would never reach anything better
  • How very little can be done under the spirit of fear
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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
  • Never dispute with anybody who wishes to contradict you, says a most reasonable saint
  • Everything is sketchy… The world does nothing but sketch
  • There is no part of my life, upon which I can look back without pain
  • Why do people sit up so late, or, more rarely, get up so early? Not because the day is not long enough, but because they have no time in the day to themselves
  • Live your life while you have it. Life is a splendid gift. There is nothing small in it. Far the greatest things grow by God’s law out of the smallest. But to live your life, you must discipline it
  • Starting a job and working hard is how to be successful
  • Live life when you have it. Life is a splendid gift… There is nothing small about it
  • 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 Quotes About Patient Care

  • The world is put back by the death of everyone who has to sacrifice the development of his or her peculiar gifts to conventionality
  • 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
  • The craving for ‘the return of the day, which the sick so constantly evince, is generally nothing but the desire for light
  • 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
  • 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 sickbed
  • For the sick, it is important to have the best
  • 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
  • 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
  • The first possibility of rural cleanliness lies in water supply
  • 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
  • If you knew how unreasonably sick people suffer from reasonable causes of distress, you would take more pains about all these things
  • Unnecessary noise is the most cruel absence of care that can be inflicted on the sick or the well
  • The very first requirement in a hospital is that it should do the sick no harm
  • There are no specific diseases, only specific disease conditions
  • And what nursing has to do in either case is to put the patient in the best condition for nature to act upon him
  • Wise and humane management of the patient is the best safeguard against infection
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • A human being does not cease to exist at death. It is change, not destruction, which takes place

Florence Nightingale Quotes About Nursing Students

  • The world is put back by the death of everyone who has to sacrifice the development of his or her peculiar gifts to conventionality
  • 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
  • Rather, ten times, die in the surf, heralding the way to a new world than stand idly on the shore
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • I did not think of going to give myself a position, but for the sake of common humanity
  • To be a fellow-worker with God is the highest aspiration of which we can conceive man capable
  • I stand at the altar of the murdered men, and, while I live, I fight their cause
  • The most important practical lesson that can be given to nurses is to teach them what to observe… How to observe … What symptoms indicate improvement … What the reverse … Which is of importance … Which are of none… Which is the evidence of neglect… And of what kind of neglect
  • Let us never consider ourselves finished nurses… We must be learning all of our lives

.To be a good nurse one must be a good woman, or one is truly nothing but a tinling bell

  • Remember my name … You’ll be screaming it later
  • Nursing is one of the Fine Arts: I had almost said, the finest of Fine Arts
  • Nursing is a progressive art such that to stand still is to go backward
  • I use the word nursing for want of a better

Florence Nightingale Quotes About Women

  • 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
  • She said the object and color in the materials around us actually have a physical effect on us, on how we feel
  • 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?
  • 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
  • Women dream till they have no longer the strength to dream; those dreams against which they so struggle, so honestly, vigorously, and conscientiously, and so in vain, yet which are their
  • 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
  • Woman has nothing but her affections,–and this makes her at once more loving and less loved

Florence Nightingale Quotes About God

  • To understand God’s thoughts, we must study statistics, for these are the measure of his purpose
  • In it and 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
  • 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
  • God spoke to me and called me to His Service. What form this service was to take the voice did not say
  • That “of His own good pleasure” He has” predestined” any souls to eternal damnation
  • When shall we see a life full of steady enthusiasm, walking straight to its aim, flying home, as that bird is now, against the wind – with the calmness and the confidence of one who knows the laws of God and can apply them?
  • I must strive to see only God in my friends, and God in my cats
  • That Religion is not devotion, but work and suffering for the love of God; this is the true doctrine of Mystics

How You Can Use Florence Nightingale’s Words To Fuel Your Work

Nightingale’s wise words still ring true to every nurse facing challenges out there. It’s my hope that as you read her story and reflect on her inspiring words, you will get the boost you need to confidently step up to your challenges and gain the courage to face your fears and achieve your goals.

Use Nightingale’s words to stay motivated constantly throughout your path to success. Having them as constant reminders is bound to make you feel more motivated and happier to tackle anything life throws at you.

You can have a few quotes written in notebooks or pin some in your locker or your room. You can also help a fellow nurse in your unit by writing your favorite Florence Nightingale quotes and pinning them around for others to benefit. It’s incredible how powerful, wise words from someone you look up to can help change your mindset.

 

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