Florence Nightingale Quotes
- Mini Bio
- Name: Florence Nightingale
- Born: 12th May 1820, Florence, Grand Duchy of Tuscany
- Died: 13th August 1910, Mayfair, London, England
- Occupation: Nurse and statistician
- Best known for: Founding modern nursing
- Nickname: The Lady of the Lamp
- Languages: She was a polyglot who spoke 4 languages fluently: English, French, German and Italian
- Awards: Royal Red Cross and the Order of Merit
- Books: She became an author in 1859 with the book: "Notes On Nursing: What It Is And What It Is Not"
- Personal life: Although she never married she had several high profile suitors during her life, however she rejected them all to concentrate on her work
- Trivia: Her parents were holidaying in Tuscany when she was born, so they decided to name her after the city she was born in: Florence
"I attribute my success to this - I never gave or took any excuse"
"The progressive world is necessarily divided into two classes - those who take the best of what there is and enjoy it - those who wish for something better and try to create it"
"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"
"What is Mysticism? Is it not the attempt to draw near to God, not by rites or ceremonies, but by inward disposition?"
"All churches are, of course, only more or less unsuccessful attempts to represent the unseen to the mind"
"Let us never consider ourselves finished nurses....we must be learning all of our lives"
"One's feelings waste themselves in words; They ought all to be distilled into actions which bring results"
"Live your life while you have it. Life is a splendid gift. There is nothing small in it"
"Nursing is a progressive art such that to stand still is to go backwards"
"The very first requirement in a hospital is that it should do the sick no harm"
"No woman has excited "passions" among women more than I have. Yet I leave no school behind me"
"Let each person tell the truth from his own experience"
"What the horrors of war are, no one can imagine"
"To understand God's thoughts we must study statistics"
"Poetry and imagination begin life"
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Florence Nightingale Biography
Florence Nightingale was the awe inspiring nurse and statistician whose methods single handedly reduced the mortality rates from 42% to 2% in the Scutari army field hospital during the Crimean war.
Russian rifles and muskets killed less soldiers than infections and disease and this was recognised by Nightingale as she set about implementing changes that included unblocking drains, cleaning floors and walls, strict rules on washing hands, using clean bed linen, improving ventilation and clean food preparation.
The combined enemy of typhus, typhoid, cholera and dysentery had been defeated through general cleanliness, better nutrition and improved sanitation as a new chapter in healthcare was about to unfold. Her results had influence far beyond the medical profession as she convinced the British government to implement sanitation legislation whereby all buildings in cities had to connect to the public drainage system and this had far reaching effects that saw life expectancy to raise by 20 years by the mid 1930's.
The wounded of the Crimean war looked upon her as an angel as she took her duties far beyond the extra mile by writing letters home for dying soldiers and walking around at night checking if any patients needed any help. She returned from the war as a heroine and with government assistance opened the Nightingale Training School at St. Thomas' Hospital in London and she got to meet and become good friends with Queen Victoria.
The 12th May is now celebrated all over the world as International Nurses Day in recognition of her contribution to mankind and she will always be remembered as the mother of modern nursing. She was good for a one liner also so here is my compilation of 15 of the best Florence Nightingale quotes
Quotes About Florence Nightingale
The historian Cecil Woodham-Smith in recognising her eye for detail once said:
"Year after year she had toiled, examining, classifying, grouping. She possessed prodigious powers of absorbing, retaining, and marshaling masses of facts, and when she had completed her task the whole vast teeming country lay before her mind's eye like a map"
The British anthropologist Francis Galton mused on her dogged determination by saying:
"But to understand God's thoughts, she held we must study statistics, for these are the measure of His purpose. Thus the study of statistics was for her a religious duty"