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20 inspirational quotes to help get you through your day


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Having one of those moments? One of those days? One of those months?

How about a little inspiration to help soothe your soul?




For the new nurse:

  • “What you do not keep in your head you will keep in your feet.” (Unknown)
  • “Haters will broadcast your failure, but whisper your success.” (Unknown)
  • “There are plenty of difficult obstacles in your path. Don’t allow yourself to become one of them.” (Anon)
  • “It’s not about ‘having’ the time. It’s about ‘making’ the time.” (Unknown)
  • “It’s not who you are that holds you back. It’s who you think you’re not.” (Anon)

For the (jaded) staff nurse:

  • “A bad attitude is like a flat tire, you can’t go anywhere without changing it.” (Unknown)
  • “Times will never get better unless you make them better.” (Unknown)
  • “Be sure to taste your words before you spit them out.” (Unknown)
  • “Don’t raise your voice. Improve your argument.” (Anon)
  • “An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind.” (Mahatma Gandhi)

For the student who feels broken down:

  • “Most people never run far enough on their first wind to find out they’ve got a second.” (William James)
  • “Courage is fear holding on a minute longer.” (George S. Patton)
  • “Confidence comes 
not from always 
being right, but 
from not fearing 
to be wrong.” (Peter T. McIntyre)
  • “You’re not as breakable as you think.” (Anon)
  • “If you really want to do something, you’ll find a way. If you don’t, you’ll find an excuse.” (Anon)

For our patients:

  • “Are you listening, or waiting to speak?” (Anon)
  • “The word ‘listen’ contains the same letters as the word ‘silent.'” (Alfred Brendel)
  • “The beeping noise from a microwave is always 100 times louder at night.” (Unknown)
  • “A smile is a curve that sets everything straight.” (Unknown)
  • “Attitudes are contagious. Are yours worth catching?” (Dennis and Wendy Mannering)

Just remember why we do what we do. I think the great Maya Angelou said it best: “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”

What’s your favorite inspiring quote?

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