Florence Nightingale quotes
A short story about famous Lady with the lamp and our pick of the best Florence Nightingale quotes… Florence was truly a heroic figure. We all know who that is, famous Florence Nightingale. She was a nurse by profession, she was spending many night shifts providing personal health care to those in need. She treated wounded and sick with the same grace as when doing anything else, Florence was a both a lady and a caring nurse.
She was born in Italy, Florence to be exact. Date of her birth was May 12, 1820. Once the dreadful Crimean War began she assembled a team of like minded nurser and came to British base hospital just when the medical help and care was much needed. The story goes that this amazing group of nurses made an unbelievable death count by more than two thirds. Florence and other nurses who accompanied her provided care for wounded and also made tremendous improvements to sanitary conditions at Hospital of British base.
Her next great achievement was establishing St. Thomas’ Hospital and School for nurse training. That all happened during 1860.
To great regret Florence passed away in London, on August 13, 1910.
Below this short story/biography you will find what are, in my opinion, 19 unforgettable Florence Nightingale quotes that should be remembered and passed on from generation to generation. Have fun and share with your friends.
How very little can be done under the spirit of fear
I attribute my success to this – I never gave or took any excuse.
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
I think one’s feelings waste themselves in words; they ought all to be distilled into actions which bring results.
Instead of wishing to see more doctors made by women joining what there are, I wish to see as few doctors, either male or female, as possible.
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.
Rather, ten times, die in the surf, heralding the way to a new world, than stand idly on the shore
She said the object and color in the materials around us actually have a physical effect on us, on how we feel
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
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
The craving for ‘the return of the day’, which the sick so constantly evince, is generally nothing but the desire for light
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
The only English patients I have ever known refuse tea, have been typhus cases; and the first sign of their getting better was their craving again for tea
The very first requirement in a hospital is 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
There is no part of my life, upon which I can look back without pain
To understand God’s thoughts one must study statistics… the measure of his purpose
Were there none who were discontented with what they have, the world would never reach anything better
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.