Nurse Quotes: 10 Famous Lines Every Nurse Should Know


When the going gets tough, nurse quotes are what keep most of us from quitting.  That and those years of sacrifices we just can’t afford to forget.

Inspirational nurse quotes have such a powerful impact that can push even the most wounded to go beyond their comfort zone. And in the case of distressed nurses, sheer encouraging words are also enough to kiss their worries away.

Remember, this field is both challenging and rewarding; what you’ll become in the end depends on how you set your priorities. The path towards expertise is not all beer and skittles. But with the right mindset and help from these ten famous nurse quotes, rest assured that the tough journey will be worthwhile.

“The trained nurse has become one of the great blessings of humanity, taking a place beside the physician and the priest and not inferior to either in her mission.” – William Osler

“I remember once I read a book on mental illness and there was a nurse that had gotten sick. Do you know what she died from? From worrying about the mental patients not being able to get their food. She became a mental patient.” –Ornette Coleman

“Bound by paperwork, short on hands, sleep, and energy… nurses are rarely short on caring.” – Sharon Hudacek, “A Daybook for Nurses”

“When I think about all the patients and their loved ones that 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 beautiful tapestry in my mind that is my career in nursing.” – Donna Wilk Cardillo, A Daybook for Beginning Nurses

“When you’re a nurse you know that every day you will touch a life or a life will touch yours.” – Author Unknown

“You know you’re a nurse if… you triage the laundry when at home:  This pile needs immediate attention, the pile can wait, this pile, with a little stain stick will be OK until you get back to it. ” – Donna Wilk Cardillo

“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

“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.” – Florence Nightingale

“If love can’t cure it, nurses can.” – Author Unknown

“I think all Americans believe in human rights. And health is an often overlooked aspect of basic human rights. And it’s one that’s easily corrected. The reason I say that is that many of the diseases that we treat around the world, I knew when I was a child. My mother was a registered nurse. And they no longer exist in our country.” – Jimmy Carter