Florence Nightingale Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old florence nightingale quotes, florence nightingale sayings, and florence nightingale proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


Nursing is an art: and if it is to be made an art, it requires an exclusive devotion as hard a preparation, as any painter's or sculptor's work; for what is the having to do with dead canvas or dead marble, compared with having to do with the living body, the temple of God's spirit? It is one of the Fine Arts: I had almost said, the finest of Fine Arts.     

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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.     

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The most important practical lesson than can be given to nurses is to teach them what to observe.     

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

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

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

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

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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.     

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Unless we are making progress in our nursing every year, every month, every week, take my word for it we are going back.     

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Nursing is one of the Fine Arts: I had almost said the finest of Fine Arts.     

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The most important practical lesson than can be given to nurses is to teach them what to observe.     

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Hospitals are only an intermediate stage of civilization, never intended at all even to take in the whole sick population.     

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

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Let us never consider ourselves finished nurses....we must be learning all of our lives.     

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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.     

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The most important practical lesson than can be given to nurses is to teach them what to observe.     

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Better to have pain than paralysis.     

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A global flu pandemic would kill between seven million and 200 million, depending on which scientist or medical journal you read.     

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