Florence Nightingale Quotes

Nursing is become a profession. Trained Nursing no longer an object but a fact. But, oh, if home Nursing could become an everyday fact here in this big city of London, the biggest in the world, in an island the smallest inhabited island in the world.

The old Romans were in some respects I think superior to us. But they had no idea of being good to the sick and weak. That came in with Christianity. Christ was the author of our profession. We honour Christ when we are good Nurses.

No man, not even a doctor, ever gives any other definition of what a nurse should be other 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.

There is no part of my life, upon which I can look back without pain.

Apprehension, uncertainty, waiting, expectation, fear of surprise, do a patient more harm than any exertion.

Hospitals are only an intermediate stage of civilization.