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11 Inspiring Quotes for Caregivers

Words to bring strength and wisdom, and alleviate worry

By Laine Bergeson

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Caregivers give and give, but who comforts them in return? To help them avoid depletion, exhaustion and sacrifice, retired nursing professor Linda Edgar says they should receive nurturing, too.

Edgar’s book, A New Look at Caregiving: Two Halves of a Whole, asks readers to recognize care to the caregiver as essential because caregivers’ needs are as important as those they serve. Says Edgar: “In fact, by caregivers taking their health equally seriously, they can provide better care to their loved one or client.”

It is through dedicated self-care that those who help others gain wisdom, develop a deeper sense of self and let go of worry, guilt, and physical and emotional turmoil.

Here are 11 inspiring quotes collected from Edgar’s slender volume of wisdom:


Your own self-realization is the greatest service you can render the world.

After enlightenment, the laundry.

You can do anything, but not everything.

Relationships based on obligation lack dignity.

Take care of your body. It’s the only place you have to live.

A good laugh and a long sleep are the two best cures for anything.

Worry never robs tomorrow of its sorrow, it only robs today of its joy.

Sometimes asking for help is the most meaningful example of self-reliance.

If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.

It is not the load that breaks you down. It’s the way you carry it.”


Laine Bergesonhas researched and written about health for the past 15 years, covering everything from the nutritional benefits of rhubarb to the proper way to swing a kettlebell. Read More
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