Great Florence Nightingale Quotes

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


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


Nature alone cures. … what nursing has to do … is to put the patient in the best condition for nature to act upon him.


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.


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


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


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.


Statistics is the most important science in the whole world: for upon it depends the practical application of every other science and of every art: the one science essential to all political and social administration, all education, all organization based on experience, for it only gives results of our experience.


Let people who have to observe sickness and death look back and try to register in their observation the appearances which have preceded relapse, attack or death, and not assert that there were none, or that there were not the right ones. A want of the habit of observing conditions and an inveterate habit of taking averages are each of them often equally misleading.


The account he gives of nurses beats everything that even I know of. This young prophet says that they are all drunkards, without exception, Sisters and all, and that there are but two whom the surgeon can trust to give the patients their medicines.


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.


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