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       Florence Nightingale
       1820-1910
      
       Florence Nightingale who came to be known as "The Lady with the Lamp", was a pioneering English nurse, writer and noted statistician.
      
       Inspired by what she took as a Christian divine calling, experienced first in 1837 at Embley Park and later throughout her life, Florence announced her decision to enter nursing in 1845. Nightingale worked hard to educate herself in the art and science of nursing, in spite of opposition from her family and the restrictive societal code for affluent young English women.
      
       She cared for people in poverty. In December 1844, she became the leading advocate for improved medical care in the infirmarie. This led to her active role in the reform of the Poor Laws, extending far beyond the provision of medical care.

I think one's feelings waste themselves in words; they ought all to be distilled into actions which bring results.

    Topics: Achievement, Feelings

Were there none who were discontented with what they have, the world would never reach anything better.

    Topics: Apathy, Discontentment

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.

    Topics: Character

Women have no sympathy and my experience of women is almost as large as Europe.

    Topics: Character, Women

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.

    Topics: Death, Gifts, Sacrifice

A human being does not cease to exist at death. It is change, not destruction, which takes place.

    Topics: Death, Change

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.

    Topics: Encouragement

How very little can be done under the spirit of fear.

    Topics: Fear, Achievement

The thing needed to women (and to men too) is these friendships without love between men and women. And if between married men and married women, all the better.

    Topics: Friendship, Marriage, Women

It may seem a strange principle to enunciate as the very first requirement in a hospital that it should do the sick no harm.

    Topics: Health, Illness

She said the object and color in the materials around us actually have a physical effect on us, on how we feel.

    Topics: Health

I attribute my success to this - I never gave or took any excuse.

    Topics: Success


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