33 Most Famous Earl Nightingale Quotes

32 Famous Florence Nightingale Quotes

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Florence Nightingale was a social reformer from Florence, Tuscany. She is most noted for founding modern nursing. She served during the Crimean War, and tended to wounded soldiers and gave nursing a very high reputation. She died on August 13, 1910 at the age of 90.

“A girl, if she has any pride, is so ashamed of having anything she wishes to say out of the hearing of her own family, she thinks it must be something so very wrong, that it is ten to one,
if she have the opportunity of saying it, that she will not.”

“At present we live to impede each other’s satisfactions; competition, domestic life, society, what is it all but this?”

“By mortifying vanity we do ourselves no good. It is the want of interest in our life which produces it; by filling up that want of interest in our life we can alone remedy it.”

“Can the “word” be pinned down to either one period or one church? All churches are, of course, only more or less unsuccessful attempts to represent the unseen to the mind.”

“Everything is sketchy. The world does nothing but sketch.”

“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 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.”

“I use the word nursing for want of a better.”

“In it and in the other prayers of the Mystics there is scarcely a petition. There is never a word of the theory that God’s dealings with us are to show His “power”; still less of the theory
that “of His own good pleasure” He has ” predestined” any souls to eternal damnation.”

“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. For, mark you, the women have made no
improvement — they have only tried to be men and they have only succeeded in being third-rate men.”

“It is very well to say “be prudent, be careful, try to know each other.” But how are you to know each other?”

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

“Let us get rid of the idea of power from law altogether. Call law tabulation of facts, expression of facts, or what you will; anything rather than suppose that it either explains or

“Mysticism: to dwell on the unseen, to withdraw ourselves from the things of sense into communion with God — to endeavour to partake of the Divine nature; that is, of Holiness.”

“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.”

“No woman has excited “passions” among women more than I have. Yet I leave no school behind me.”

“Religious men are and must be heretics now — for we must not pray, except in a “form” of words, made beforehand — or think of God but with a prearranged idea.”

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

“That Religion is not devotion, but work and suffering for the love of God; this is the true doctrine of Mystics.”

“The Church is now more like the Scribes and Pharisees than like Christ… What are now called the “essential doctrines” of the Christian religion he does not even mention.”

“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 next Christ will perhaps be a female Christ. But do we see one woman who looks like a female Christ? or even like “the messenger before” her “face”, to go before her and prepare the
hearts and minds for her?”

“The time is come when women must do something more than the “domestic hearth,” which means nursing the infants, keeping a pretty house, having a good dinner and an entertaining party.”

“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 a physical, not moral, impossibility of supplying the wants of the intellect in the state of civilisation at which we have arrived. ”

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

“What is Mysticism? Is it not the attempt to draw near to God, not by rites or ceremonies, but by inward disposition?”

“When shall we see a life full of steady enthusiasm, walking straight to its aim, flying home, as that bird is now, against the wind — with the calmness and the confidence of one who knows
the laws of God and can apply them?”

“Women dream till they have no longer the strength to dream; those dreams against which they so struggle, so honestly, vigorously, and conscientiously, and so in vain, yet which are their
life, without which they could not have lived; those dreams go at last.”

“You ask me why I do not write something… I think one’s feelings waste themselves in words; they ought all to be distilled into actions and into actions which bring results.”

“You must go to Mahometanism, to Buddhism, to the East, to the Sufis & Fakirs, to Pantheism, for the right growth of mysticism.”