Inspirational Quotes for Nurses by Famous Persons

Inspirational Quotes for Nurses by Famous Persons

Successfully navigating the challenges of nursing school and shift work requires a consistent dose of motivation and inspiration. In this piece, we offer nursing quotations in the hopes that they can serve as a source of inspiration and fortitude as you work toward your professional goals.

Give your favorite nurse the gift of words of wisdom today.

“America’s nurses are the beating heart of our medical system.” —Barack Obama

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

“You treat a disease: you win, you lose. You treat a person, I guarantee you win—no matter the outcome.” —Robin Williams in Patch Adams

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” —Nelson Mandela

“Nurses are a unique kind. They have this insatiable need to care for others, which is both their greatest strength and fatal flaw.” —Jean Watson, American nurse theorist and nursing professor

“Constant attention by a good nurse may be just as important as a major operation by a surgeon.” —Dag Hammarskjöld, Swedish economist and diplomat

“Caring is the essence of nursing.” —Jean Watson

“Let us fill our hearts with our own compassion – towards ourselves and towards all living beings.” Thich Nhat Hanh

“The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away.” Shakespeare

“As a father, as a husband, I will forever be in debt to the women and men of the nursing profession” — Barack Obama

“Nurses dispense comfort, compassion, and caring without even a prescription.” —Val Saintsbury

“Every nurse was drawn to nursing because of a desire to care, to serve, or to help.” —Christina Feist-Heilmeier, RN

“Nurses are there when the last breath is taken, and nurses are there when the first breath is taken. Although it is more enjoyable to celebrate the birth, it is just as important to comfort in death.” —Christine Belle

“The trained nurse has become one of the great blessings of humanity, taking a place beside the physician and the priest.” —Dr. William Osler, Canadian physician and founder of Johns Hopkins University

“Nursing is one of the fine arts: I had almost said ‘the finest of fine arts.’” —Florence Nightingale, founder of modern nursing

“Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a battle.” —Plato

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

“Your profession is not what brings home your paycheck. Your profession is what you were put on Earth to do with such passion and such intensity that it becomes spiritual in calling.” —Vincent Van Gogh

“Our job as nurses is to cushion the sorrow and celebrate the job, every day, while we are ‘just doing our jobs.’” —Christine Belle

“Let no one ever come to you without leaving better and happier.” —Mother Teresa

“Never give up on a dream just because of the time it will take to accomplish it. The time will pass anyway.” —Earl Nightingale, American radio speaker and author

“Forgive yourself; you are not perfect. Show yourself grace; you are still learning. Show yourself patience; you are on a journey.” —Unknown

“Hardships often prepare people for an extraordinary destiny.” —C.S. Lewis

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

“I never dreamed about success—I worked for it.” —Estée Lauder

“Nothing will work unless you do.” —Maya Angelou

“I’m not telling you it’s going to be easy, I’m telling you it’s going to be worth it.” —Art Williams, businessman and coach

“Develop a passion for learning. If you do, you will never cease to grow.” —Anthony J. D’Angelo, educator

“Apprehension, uncertainty, waiting, expectation, fear of surprise, do a patient more harm than any exertion.” —Florence Nightingale

“Panic plays no part in the training of a nurse.” —Elizabeth Kenny, Australian bush nurse

. “Learning is a treasure that will follow its owner everywhere.” —Chinese proverb

“Let us never consider ourselves finished, nurses. We must be learning all of our lives.” —Florence Nightingale

“Although your educational journey may be difficult at times, you will reap the reward of utmost satisfaction when holding your nursing diploma for the first time—and nothing will ever compare to the fulfillment that improving and saving the lives of others will bring!” —Mikhail Shneyder, Nightingale College president and CEO

“If you can’t figure out your purpose, figure out your passion. For passion will lead you right into your purpose.” —Bishop T.D. Jakes, evangelist

“Nurses—one of the few blessings of being ill.” —Sara Moss-Wolfe

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

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

“Life is not easy for any of us. But what of that? We must have perseverance and, above all, confidence in ourselves. We must believe that we are gifted for something, and that this something, at whatever cost, must be attained.” —Marie Curie

“Nurses are the heart of healthcare.” —Donna Wilk Cardillo, MA, RN, CSP

“The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away.” —William Shakespeare

“The character of the nurse is as important as the knowledge she possesses.” —Carolyn Jarvis

“A nurse will always give us hope, an angel with a stethoscope.” —Carrie Latet

“Happiness … consists of giving, and in serving others.” —Henry Drummond, evangelist

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

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

“Work for a cause, not for applause. Live life to express, not to impress. Don’t strive to make your presence noticed, just make your presence felt.” —Grace Lichtenstein, Author

“Fill your mind with truth. Fill your heart with love. Fill your life with service.” —Vaughn J. Featherstone, American missionary

“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself in any direction you choose.” —Dr. Seuss

“I attribute my success to this; I never gave nor took any excuse.” —Florence Nightingale

“Success comes to those who are too busy to look for it.” —Henry David Thoreau

“When I think about all the patients and their loved ones I have worked with over the years, I know most of them don’t remember me, nor I them. But I do know that I gave a little piece of myself to each of them, and they to me, and those threads make up the tapestry that is my career in nursing.” —Donna Wilk Cardillo, MA, RN, CSP

“There no longer has to be a difference between who you are and what you do.” —Gary Vaynerchuk, entrepreneur and author

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

“We may encounter many defeats but we must not be defeated.” —Maya Angelou

“So 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.” — Florence Nightingale

“How very little can be done under the spirit of fear.” —Florence Nightingale

“Intelligence without ambition is a bird without wings.” —Salvador Dali

“I think one’s feelings waste themselves in words; they ought all to be distilled into actions which bring results.” —Florence Nightingale

“Keep your thoughts positive because your thoughts become your words. Keep your words positive because your words become your behavior. Keep your behavior positive because your behavior becomes your habits. Keep your habits positive because your habits become your values. Keep your values positive because your values become your destiny.” —Mahatma Gandhi

“I am a fantastic nurse. I discovered this about myself, and I’m really fantastic at diagnosing things.” ― Jill Flint

“I feel passionate about nurses. I would do anything for nurses. Anything.” ― Eve Ensler

“Do you have a little white dress? I’ve had this deep-seated nurse fantasy about you, Murphy.” ― Jim Butcher

“We would love to see walking groups more widely recommended by physicians, health trainers and nurses.” ― Sarah Hanson-Young

“I didn’t want just any career, so I am not going to be just any nurse.” ― Denise Richards

“Treat the patient as a whole, not just the hole in the patient.” —Unknown

“Just so you know, doctors are here to diagnose, not heal. We heal.” —Edie Falco in Nurse Jackie

“May your scrubs be comfy, your coffee be strong, and your Monday be short.” —Unknown

“No, RN does not stand for ‘Refreshments and Narcotics.’” —Unknown

“Yes, I am a nurse. No, I don’t want to look at it.” —Unknown

“Don’t mess with me—I get paid to stab people with sharp objects.” —Unknown

“Hand sanitizer has started to become your best friend.” —Unknown

“How can anybody hate nurses? Nobody hates nurses. The only time you hate a nurse is when they’re giving you an enema.” —Warren Beatty

“I’m a nurse. What’s your superpower?” —Unknown

“I’ve come to the realization that I’ll touch anything as long as I have gloves on.” —Unknown

“Nursing is not a career … it’s a post-apocalyptic survival skill.” —Unknown

“You know you work in healthcare when you can discuss puke and bowel movements at the lunch table and no one flinches.” —Unknown

“Remember, I’m a nurse. You’re going to have to say a lot to gross me out.” —Unknown

“Sometimes I have to remind myself around my non-nurse friends not to talk about bodily functions.” —Unknown

“I’m a nurse because ‘miracle worker’ isn’t an official title.” —Unknown

“No, I will not rub your feet. I am a nurse, not a masseur.” —Unknown

“I’m a nurse—nothing scares me.” —Unknown

“Save one life, you’re a hero. Save a hundred lives, you’re a nurse.”

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