Florence Nightingale 1820 - 1910 was an English social reformer who lived throughout the Victorian era. 
She earned the name ‘Lady with the Lamp’ and is best remembered as the founder of modern nursing. 
‘For the sick it is important to have the best’ 
‘There is no part of my life, upon which I can look back without pain’ 
‘She said the object and colour in the materials around us actually have a physical effect on us, on how we feel’ 
‘Live your life while you have it. Life is a splendid gift. There is nothing small in it’ 
‘Were there none who were discontented with what they have, the world would never reach anything better’ 
‘I attribute my success to this – I never gave or took any excuse’ 
‘The world is put back by the death of every one who has to sacrifice the development of his or her peculiar gifts to conventionality’ 
‘I think one’s feelings waste themselves in words, they ought all to be distilled into actions which bring results’ 
‘Everything is sketchy. The world does nothing but sketch’ 
‘People say the effect is only on the mind. It is no such thing. The effect is on the body, too. Little as we know about the way in which we are affected by form, by colour, and light, we do know this, that they have an actual physical effect. Variety of form and brilliancy of colour in the objects presented to patients, and actual means of recovery’ 
‘A hundred struggle and drown in the breakers. One discovers the new world’ 
‘How very little can be done under the spirit of fear’ 
‘The martyr sacrifices themselves entirely in vain. Or rather not in vain; for they make the selfish more selfish, the lazy more lazy, the narrow narrower’ 
‘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’ 
‘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 (spinning top)’ 
‘To understand God’s thoughts, one must study statistics… the measure of his purpose’ 
‘Let whoever is in charge keep this simple question in her head (not how can I always do the right thing myself, but) how can I provide for this right thing to be always done? 
‘Apprehension, uncertainty, waiting, expectation, fear of surprise, do a patient more harm than any exertion. Remember he is face to face with his enemy all the time’ 
‘Why do people sit up so late, or more rarely, get up so early? Not because the day is not long enough, but because they have no time in the day to themselves’ 
‘Rather, ten times, die in the surf, heralding the way to a new world, than stand idly on the shore’ 
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