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What quotations help you get through the day?


Hi everybody,

I'm starting my first hospital job and am in the training program right now. Since I started nursing school I've found myself collecting quotations that help me get through the day. For all you veteran (and new) nurses, I'm wondering what quotes help you focus, vent, relax, or whatever. Not necessarily looking for quotes specifically mentioning nursing, but instead about life in general.

Here are some I've collected so far:

"Never pass up an opportunity to keep your mouth shut." -- Unknown origin

"To be happy, we must not be too concerned with others." -- Albert Camus

"Don't let your limitations overshadow your talents." -- From a fortune cookie

"My life has no purpose. My life has no direction. No aim. No meaning. And yet I'm happy. I can't figure it out. What am I doing right?" -- Snoopy from "Peanuts"



"Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass, it is about Learning to Dance in the Rain." - Vivian Greene

Edited by PennyS

BlueDevil,DNP, DNP, RN

Specializes in FNP, ONP. Has 25 years experience.

Don't sweat the small stuff.

P.S. It's all small stuff.

"I am the master of my fate: I am the captain of my soul." ~ From the poem Invictus by William Ernest Henley (its my favorite poem and it's helping me get through nursing school)


Specializes in Telemetry.

I'm not very religious, but I find this quote from the bible helpful: Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything


Specializes in Psychiatry.

"You can complain because roses have thorns, or you can rejoice because thorns have roses"


"Let no one ever come to you without leaving better and happier. Be the living expression of God's kindness: kindness in your face, kindness in your eyes, kindness in your smile."

Mother Teresa

"In three words I can sum up everything I've learned about life: it goes on."

Robert Frost

Edited by marydc

-everything you need is already inside.

-it's supposed to be hard. If it wasn't hard, everyone would do it. The hard...is what makes it great.

-do what you fell in your heart is right, for you will be criticized anyway. (eleanor roosevelt)

-i don't know how poeple get so anti-something. Mind your own business, take care of your own affairs, and don't

worry about other people so much (betty white)

-a year from now, you'll wish you had started today.

-don't be upset about the results you didn't get with the work you didn't do.

-good things come to those who work their asses off and never give up.

Its not who you are that holds you back, its who you think you're not

canoehead, BSN, RN

Specializes in ER. Has 30 years experience.

What is to give light must endure burning. Victor Frankl

TheCommuter, BSN, RN

Specializes in Case mgmt., rehab, (CRRN), LTC & psych. Has 15 years experience.

"You can't be all things to all people." - Michael Porter

"No one can make you feel inferior without your consent." - Eleanor Roosevelt

"He who wants everything ends up with nothing." - Brazilian Proverb

"All the water in the world can't sink a ship unless it gets inside." - Chinese Proverb

"A small leak can sink a great ship." - Chinese Proverb

"Man does not live by bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God." Matthew 4:4.

What can I say. I get hungry a lot!


Specializes in Oncology.

"To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the gift" -Steve Prefontaine

MrChicagoRN, RN

Specializes in Leadership, Psych, HomeCare, Amb. Care. Has 30 years experience.

That which doesn't kill you makes you stronger- Nietsche

PediLove2147, BSN, RN

Specializes in Pediatric Cardiology. Has 7 years experience.

"No matter what happens, never lose your sense of humor."

- What I Wish I Knew About Nursing

Thanks for all the great quotes. I especially liked this one:

"Do what you feel in your heart to be right, for you'll be criticized anyway." -- Eleanor Roosevelt

Hope to hear some more!


canesdukegirl, BSN, RN

Specializes in Trauma Surgery, Nursing Management. Has 14 years experience.

"Accept the rain and watch your flower grow" -Norwood Cheek


Specializes in ICU, PACU, OR. Has 37 years experience.

Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities have crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day. You shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense.


classicdame, MSN, EdD

Specializes in Hospital Education Coordinator.

Resentment is like taking poison and waiting for the other person to die. Malachy McCourt/author