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Nurse, writer and noted statistician


also known as "The Lady with the Lamp"

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 For what is Mysticism? Is it not the attempt to draw near to God, not by rites or ceremonies, but by inward disposition? Is it not merely a hard word for 'The Kingdom of Heaven is within'? Heaven is neither a place nor a time. 
— Florence Nightingale / 1873
 It may seem a strange principle to enunciate as the very first requirement in a Hospital that it should do the sick no harm. 
— Florence Nightingale / 1859
 No man, not even a doctor, ever gives any other definition of what a nurse should be than this -- 'devoted and obedient.' This definition would do just as well for a porter. It might even do for a horse. It would not do for a policeman. 
— Florence Nightingale / 1859
 Asceticism is the trifling of an enthusiast with his power, a puerile coquetting with his selfishness or his vanity, in the absence of any sufficiently great object to employ the first or overcome the last. 
— Florence Nightingale / 1857
 I stand at the altar of the murdered men, and, while I live, I fight their cause. 
— Florence Nightingale / 1856

 Women never have a half-hour in all their lives (excepting before or after anybody is up in the house) that they can call their own, without fear of offending or of hurting someone. 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.' 
— Florence Nightingale / 1852
 And so is the world put back by the death of every one who has to sacrifice the development of his or her peculiar gifts (which were meant, not for selfish gratification, but for the improvement of that world) to conventionality 
— Florence Nightingale / 1852
 I can stand out the war with any man 
— Florence Nightingale