Hospital Sayings and Quotes

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

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

Florence Nightingale

The hospital industry to this day works its tail off to do the right thing.     

Rick Scott

The hospital that feeds you refined sugar, white bread, canned soup, bouillon cubes, and frozen vegetables should be closed by the health department as a menace to the public health.     

David Reuben

Hospital life--with its byzantine array of moving parts layered atop the unpredictable rhythms of illness is a permanent state of flux.     

Danielle Ofri

A hospital alone shows what war is.     

Erich Maria Remarque

In a hospital they throw you out into the street before you are half cured, but in a nursing home they don't let you out till you are dead.     

George Bernard Shaw

Getting out of the hospital is a lot like resigning from a book club. You're not out of it until the computer says you're out of it.     

Erma Bombeck

Hospitals are great places, and you can learn from them, but you don't necessarily need to go in anytime you get the sniffles. And maybe you shouldn't treat pregnancy as a disease.     

Sarah Wayne Callies

Healing in a matter of time, but it is sometimes also a matter of opportunity.     


The hospital bulked darkly in the darkness.     

William T. Vollmann

In a hospital, half of the patients get better food than at home.     

Gerhard Kocher

A hospital should also have a recovery room adjoining the cashier's office.     

Francis Owalsh

The most frequent lie in a hospital: it won't hurt.     

Gerhard Kocher

In the feeding of hospital patients, more attention should be given to providing tasty and attractive meals, and less to the nutritive quality of the food.     

Frederick J. Stare

Hospitals. The only place where the word “Positive” means a bad thing.     


How many desolate creatures on the earth have learnt the simple dues of fellowship and social comfort, in a hospital.     

Elizabeth Barrett Browning

This life is a hospital in which every patient is possessed with a desire to change his bed.     

Charles Baudelaire

A hospital bed is a parked taxi with the meter running.     

Groucho Marx

A hospital may spend several million dollars separating a pair of conjoined twins even though that separation is likely to leave them worse off.     

Alice Dreger

This hospital, like every other, is a hole in the universe through which holiness issues in blasts. It blows both ways, in and out of time.     

Annie Dillard

Nurses may not be angels, but they are the next best thing.     


Great hospitals do two things. They look after patients, and they teach young doctors. We look after clients, and we teach young advertising people.     

David Ogilvy

Strength and strength's will are the supreme ethic. All else are dreams from hospital beds, the sly, crawling goodness of sneaking souls.     

Elbert Hubbard

A hospital is no place to be sick.     

Samuel Goldwyn

Hospitals are a little like the beach. The next wave comes in, and the footprints of your pain and suffering, your delivery and recovery, are obliterated.     

Anna Quindlen

Hospitals must provide emergency treatment to all who walk through the door, regardless of their citizenship status or ability to pay.     

Gary Miller

The hospital room was as cold as dead skin, the hallway crowded with lost souls and reeking of illness.     

Raquel Cepeda

In hospital, people should be able to have time to themselves.     

Zaha Hadid

Hospitals are about healing.     

Irwin Redlener

A hospital is a good place to set various dilemmas.     

Aminatta Forna

Too often, hospital staff are incented by management to get work done without worrying about care, and clinicians are too often not even trained to think about care.     

Dave deBronkart

The hospital is the antechamber to the tomb.     

George Orwell

Cure sometimes, treat often, comfort always.