Florence Nightingale Quotes

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Florence Nightingale was a pioneer in nursing. Florence Nightingale was born May 12, 1820. She was named for the city of her birth. National Nurses Week begins on May 6th and ends on May 12th each year. Below are some of her well-known Florence Nightingale Quotes in celebration of her birthday.

Also, check out this article on the history of National Nurses Week.

  1. “God spoke to me and called me to His service. What form this service was to take the voice did not say.”

2. “Every nurse ought to be careful to wash her hands very frequently during the day. If her face, too, so much the better.”

3. “It may seem a strange principle to enunciate as the very first requirement in a hospital that is should do the sick no harm.”

4. “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.”

5. “I think one’s feeling waste themselves in words; they ought all to be distilled into action which bring results.”

6. “The greatest heroes are those who do their duty in the daily grind of domestic affairs whilst the world whirls as a maddening dreidel.”

7. “I have learned to know God. I have recast my social belief……All my admirers are married; most of my friends are dead; and I stand with all the world before me, where to choose a path to make in it.”

8. “If I could give you information of my life, it would be to show how a woman of very ordinary ability has been led by God in strange and unaccustomed paths to do In His service what He has done in her. And if I could tell you all, you would see how God has done all, and I nothing.”

9. “The martyr sacrifices themselves entirely in vain. Or rather not in vain; for they make the selfish more selfish, the lazy more lazy, and the narrow narrower.”

10. “A hundred struggle and drown in the breakers. One discovers the new world. But rather, ten times rather, die in the surf, heralding the way to that new world, than stand idly on the shore.”

11. Were there none who were discontented with what they have, the world would never reach anything better.”

12. “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.”

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