Florence Nightingale (1820-1910)

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

“Apprehension, uncertainty, waiting, expectation, fear of surprise, do a patient more harm than any exertion.”

“I attribute my success to this – I never gave or took any excuse.”

“How very little can be done under the spirit of fear.”

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

“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.”

“To understand God’s thoughts we must study statistics, for these are the measure of His purpose.”

“Hospitals are only an intermediate stage of civilization.”

“There is no part of my life, upon which I can look back without pain.”

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

“The world is put back by the death of every one 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.”

“I can expect no sympathy or help from (my family).”

 

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