Nightingale’s notable quotes
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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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Live life when you have it. Life is a splendid gift — there is nothing small about it
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Let whoever is in charge keep this simple question in her head (not, how can I always do this right thing myself, but) how can I provide for this right thing to be always done?
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To understand God’s thoughts we must study statistics, for these are the measure of his purpose.
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The amount of relief and comfort experienced by the sick after the skin has been carefully washed and dried, is one of the commonest observations made at a sick bed.
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Apprehension, uncertainty, waiting, expectation, fear of surprise, do a patient more harm than any exertion. Remember he is face to face with his enemy all the time.
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For it may safely be said, not that the habit of ready and correct observation will by itself make us useful nurses, but that without it we shall be useless with all our devotion.
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To be a fellow worker with God is the highest aspiration of which we can conceive man capable.
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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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Sources: Florence Nightingale publications and letters.
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