Let us never consider ourselves finished nurses….we must be learning all of our lives.
Nursing is an art: and if it is to be made an art, it requires an exclusive devotion as hard a preparation as any painter’s or sculptor’s work; for what is the having to do with dead canvas or dead marble, compared with having to do with the living body, the temple of God’s spirit? It is one of the Fine Arts: I had almost said, the finest of Fine Arts.
Live life when you have it. Life is a splendid gift-there is nothing small about it.
I attribute my success to this – I never gave or took any excuse.
Nursing is a progressive art such that to stand still is to go backwards.
The most important practical lesson than can be given to nurses is to teach them what to observe.
How very little can be done under the spirit of fear.I am of certain convinced that the greatest heroes are those who do their duty in the daily grind of domestic affairs whilst the world whirls as a maddening dreidel.
Nursing is an art: and if it is to be made an art, it requires an exclusive devotion as hard a preparation as any painter’s or sculptor’s work.
Nature alone cures. … what nursing has to do … is to put the patient in the best condition for nature to act upon him.
Live your life while you have it. Life is a splendid gift. There is nothing small in it. For the greatest things grow by God’s Law out of the smallest. But to live your life you must discipline it. You must not fritter it away in “fair purpose, erring act, inconstant will” but make your thoughts, your acts, all work to the same end and that end, not self but God. That is what we call character.
For us who Nurse, our Nursing is a thing, which, unless in it we are making progress every year, every month, every week, take my word for it we are going back. The more experience we gain, the more progress we can make.
Never underestimate the healing effects of beauty.
I think one’s feelings waste themselves in words; they ought all to be distilled into actions which bring results.
Let whoever is in charge keep this simple question in her head (not, how can I always do this right thing myself, but) how can I provide for this right thing to be always done?
The very first requirement in a hospital is that it should do the sick no harm.
Life is a hard fight, a struggle, a wrestling with the principle of evil, hand to hand, foot to foot. Every inch of the way is disputed. The night is given us to take breath, to pray, to drink deep at the fountain of power. The day, to use the strength which has been given us, to go forth to work with it till the evening.
We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit. Aristotle How very little can be done under the spirit of fear.
For the sick it is important to have the best.
The specific disease doctrine is the grand refuge of weak, uncultured, unstable minds, such as now rule in the medical profession. There are no specific diseases; there are specific disease conditions.
Statistics is the most important science in the whole world: for upon it depends the practical application of every other science and of every art: the one science essential to all political and social administration, all education, all organization based on experience, for it only gives results of our experience.
Rather, ten times, die in the surf, heralding the way to a new world, than stand idly on the shore.
A human being does not cease to exist at death. It is change, not destruction, which takes place.
We set the treatment of bodies so high above the treatment of souls, that the physician occupies a higher place in society than the school-master.
Never give nor take an excuse.