20 Quotes that Inspire Greatness in Nursing


IMG_0517In honor of National Nurses Week beginning next Wednesday, May 6, we put together a list of some of our favorite quotes that inspire us every day. Enjoy!

“As a nurse, we have the opportunity to heal the mind, soul, heart, and body of our patients, their families, and ourselves. They may forget your name, but they will never forget how you made them feel.” – Maya Angelou

“It is not how much you do but how much love you put in the doing.” – Mother Teresa

“Next to creating a life, the finest thing a man can do is save one.” – Abraham Lincoln

“Have a heart that never hardens, a temper that never tires, a touch that never hurts.” – Charles Dickens

“Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is great work. The only way to do great work is to love what you do.” – Steve Jobs

IMG_0522“I may be compelled to face danger, but never fear it, and while our soldiers can stand and fight, I can stand and feed and nurse them.” – Clara Barton

“The unique function of the nurse is to assist the individual, sick or well, in the performance of those activities contributing to health or its recovery (or to peaceful death) that he would perform unaided if he had the necessary strength, will or knowledge.” – Virginia Henderson, RN

“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” – Mahatma Gandhi

“You treat a disease: You win, you lose. You treat a person, I guarantee you win – no matter the outcome.” – Hunter Doherty “Patch” Adams

“I attribute my success to this—I never gave or took any excuse.” – Florence Nightingale, RN

“Where the needs of the world and your talents cross, there lies your vocation.” – Aristotle

“What we have done for ourselves alone, dies with us: What we have done for others and the world, remains and is immortal.” – Albert Pike

IMG_0519“The Nurse is temporarily the consciousness of the unconscious, the love of life for the suicidal, the leg of the amputee, the eyes of the newly blind, a means of locomotion for the infant, and the knowledge and confidence for the young mother.” – Virginia Henderson, RN

“Nurses are a unique kind. They have this insatiable need to care for others, which is both their biggest strength and fatal flaw.” – Dr. Jean Watson, RN

“Nursing is not for everyone. It takes a very strong, intelligent, and compassionate person to take on the ills of the world with passion and purpose and work to maintain the health and well-being of the planet. No wonder we’re exhausted at the end of the day!” – Donna Wilk Cardillo, RN

“Never worry about numbers. Help one person at a time and always start with the person nearest you.” – Mother Teresa

“To do what nobody else will do, in a way that nobody else can do, in spite of all we go through… that is what it is to be a nurse.” – Rawsi Williams, RN

“Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest accomplishment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.” – Leo Buscaglia, PhD

IMG_0518“Your profession is not what brings home your weekly paycheck, your profession is what you’re put here on Earth to do, with such passion and such intensity that it becomes spiritual in calling.” – Vincent Van Gogh

“To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Did we miss one of your favorites? If so, share it with us in the comments section below!

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