Inspirational quotes for CNAs


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Where would hospitals and facilities be without the tireless, important work of the certified nursing assistants? Sometimes, the job is tough and thankless, but the CNA is the backbone that makes everyone else’s job a little easier. In honor CNAs, here are some inspirational quotes that speak to the job they do!

“It is not how much you do, but how much love you put in the doing.” —Mother Theresa

“The charity that is a trifle to us can be precious to others.” —Homer

“They may forget your name, but they will never forget how you made them feel.” —Maya Angelou

“There is no medicine like hope, no incentive so great, and no tonic so powerful as expectation of something better tomorrow.” —Orison Swett Marden

“A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.” (The Bible)

“There is a sacredness in tears. They are not the mark of weakness, but of power. They speak more eloquently than ten thousand tongues. They are messengers of overwhelming grief…and unspeakable love.” —Washington Irving

Compassion automatically invites you to relate with people because you no longer regard people as a drain on your energy.” —Chogyam Trungpa

“Compassion brings us to a stop, and for a moment we rise above ourselves.” —Mason Cooley

“Compassion is a call, a demand of nature, to relieve the unhappy as hunger is a natural call for food.” —Joseph Butler

“One’s life has value so long as one attributes value to the life of others, by means of love, friendship, indignation and compassion.” —Simone de Beauvoir

“Apprehension, uncertainty, waiting, expectation, fear of surprise, do a patient more harm than any exertion.” —Florence Nightingale

“A good deed is never lost: he who sows courtesy reaps friendship; and he who plants kindness gathers love.” —Saint Basil

“Never lose a chance of saying a kind word.” —William Thackeray

“Nurses may not be angels, but they are the next best thing.” —Anonymous Patient

“Give what you have. To someone, it may be better than you dare to think.” —Unknown

“Be kind. Everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.” —T.H. Thompson and John Watson

“Anything I’ve ever done that ultimately was worthwhile initially scared me to death.” —Betty Bender

“When I first started working in long-term care after I’d been in a hospital setting, I bet I went home crying every night for six weeks because I said this just isn’t what I like. But the more I stayed, the more I understood it’s a different kind of nursing… We’re all going to die—that’s a part of life. Just when and how, we don’t know.” —MarDee Dahlin, RN

“…[A]lthough the days are busy and the workload is always growing, there are still those special moments when someone says or does something and you know you’ve made a difference in someone’s life. That’s why I became a nurse.” —Diane McKenty

“To do what nobody else will do, in a way that nobody else can do, in spite of all we go through, is to be a nurse.” —Rawsi Williams


“100 Entertaining & Inspiring Quotes for Nurses,”, June 2010

“Inspirational Quotes Every Nurse Should Read,”, July 2009

“Great Inspirational Nursing Quotes & Motivational Sayings,” Motivation Empire

“Inspirational Quotes & Quotations on Nursing,”

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