Florence Nightingale quotes

Born
12 May 1820 Florence, Grand Duchy of Tuscany.

Died
13 August 1910.

Occupation
Social reformer, statistician.

Florence Nightingale was an English social reformer and statistician, and the founder of modern nursing. Nightingale came to prominence while serving as a manager and trainer of nurses during the Crimean War, in which she organised care for wounded soldiers.

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.
– Florence Nightingale

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

I attribute my success to this – I never gave or took any excuse.
– Florence Nightingale

Badly constructed houses do for the healthy what badly constructed hospitals do for the sick. Once insure that the air in a house is stagnant, and sickness is certain to follow.
– Florence Nightingale

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.
– Florence Nightingale

God spoke to me and called me to His Service. What form this service was to take the voice did not say.
– Florence Nightingale

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

Every nurse ought to be careful to wash her hands very frequently during the day. If her face, too, so much the better.
– Florence Nightingale

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

If a patient is cold, if a patient is feverish, if a patient is faint, if he is sick after taking food, if he has a bed-sore, it is generally the fault not of the disease, but of the nursing.
– Florence Nightingale

Were there none who were discontented with what they have, the world would never reach anything better.
– Florence Nightingale

Women have no sympathy and my experience of women is almost as large as Europe.
– Florence Nightingale

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.
– Florence Nightingale

The martyr sacrifices themselves entirely in vain. Or rather not in vain; for they make the selfish more selfish, the lazy more lazy, the narrow narrower.
– Florence Nightingale

Sick children, if not too shy to speak, will always express this wish. They invariably prefer a story to be told to them, rather than read to them.
– Florence Nightingale

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

Why do people sit up so late, or, more rarely, get up so early? Not because the day is not long enough, but because they have no time in the day to themselves.
– Florence Nightingale

She said the object and color in the materials around us actually have a physical effect on us, on how we feel.
– Florence Nightingale

Everything you do in a patient’s room, after he is ‘put up’ for the night, increases tenfold the risk of his having a bad night. But, if you rouse him up after he has fallen asleep, you do not risk – you secure him a bad night.
– Florence Nightingale

Everything you do in a patient’s room, after he is ‘put up’ for the night, increases tenfold the risk of his having a bad night. But, if you rouse him up after he has fallen asleep, you do not risk – you secure him a bad night.
– Florence Nightingale

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.
– Florence Nightingale

A dark house is always an unhealthy house, always an ill-aired house, always a dirty house. Want of light stops growth and promotes scrofula, rickets, etc., among the children. People lose their health in a dark house, and if they get ill, they cannot get well again in it.
– Florence Nightingale

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.
– Florence Nightingale

Wise and humane management of the patient is the best safeguard against infection.
– Florence Nightingale

Do not meet or overtake a patient who is moving about in order to speak to him or to give him any message or letter. You might just as well give him a box on the ear. I have seen a patient fall flat on the ground who was standing when his nurse came into the room.
– Florence Nightingale