100 Caregiver Quotes

The Caregiver archetype (also know as the saint, helper, and parent) is the archetype is fulfilled by taking care of others. They are moved by compassion and a desire to help others.

100 Inspirational Quotes for Caregivers

We’ve collected the best quotes about caregivers for you to read through.

This selection of quotations are based solely on my personal taste and are in no particular order. You are welcome to browse the entire collection and look for your own favourite quotes.

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Checkout this list of caregiver quotes:

1. Rosalyn Carter

“There are only four kinds of people in the world. Those who have been caregivers. Those who are currently caregivers. Those who will be caregivers, and those who will need a caregiver.”

2. Nancy L. Kriseman, The Mindful Caregiver: Finding Ease in the Caregiving Journey

“My caregiver mantra is to remember: The only control you have is over the changes you choose to make.”

3. Carson McCullers, The Square Root of Wonderful

“The closest thing to being cared for is to care for someone else.”

4. Wayne Dyer, motivational speaker and author

“Relationships based on obligation lack dignity.”

5. Jim Rohn, author and motivational speaker

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

6. Irish proverb

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

7. Leo Buscaglia, author, professor, motivational speaker

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

8. From poem “Sometimes” by U.S. Senator Cory Booker

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

9. Dalai Lama

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

10. Lena Horne, singer

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

11. Mason Cooley

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

12. Chogyam Trungpa

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

13. Amy Tan

“If you can’t change your fate, change your attitude.”

14. Eleanor Roosevelt

“You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You must do the things which you think you cannot do.”

15. Les Brown

“Be determined to handle any challenge in a way that will make you grow.”

16. Martin Luther King Jr.

“Forgiveness is not an occasional act: it is an attitude.”

17. Emory Austin

“Some days there won’t be a song in your heart. Sing anyway.”

18. Yiddish Proverb

“God gave burdens; he also gave shoulders.”

19. Mother Teresa

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

20. Tia Walker, from The Inspired Caregiver: Finding Joy While Caring for Those You Love

“Caregiving often calls us to lean into love we didn’t know possible.”

21. Leo Buscaglia, author

“Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.”

22. Amy Leigh Mercree, author

“Kindness can transform someone’s dark moment with a blaze of light. You’ll never know how much your caring matters. Make a difference for another today.”

23. Tia Walker, The Inspired Caregiver: Finding Joy While Caring for Those You Love

“To care for those who once cared for us is one of the highest honors.”

24. Robert Fulghum, author

“And it is still true, no matter how old you are, when you go out into the world it is best to hold hands and stick together.”

25. Denis Waitley, author

“A smile is the light in your window that tells others that there is a caring, sharing person inside.”

26. Lee Iacocca, businessman

“No matter what you’ve done for yourself or for humanity, if you can’t look back on having given love and attention to your own family, what have you really accomplished?”

27. Rollo May, psychologist

“Care is a state in which something does matter; it is the source of human tenderness.”

28. Lao Tzu, philosopher

“Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.”

29. Thomas Merton, Trappist monk

“Love seeks one thing only: the good of the one loved. It leaves all the other secondary effects to take care of themselves. Love, therefore, is its own reward.”

30. Margaret Mead, anthropologist

“Never believe that a few caring people can’t change the world. For, indeed, that’s all who ever have.”

31. Gary Zukav, author

“Caregivers attract caregivers and live in a community of love. They are energized by their caring, fulfilled, and they love life.”

32. Harold Kushner, Rabbi

“Caring about others, running the risk of feeling, and leaving an impact on people, brings happiness.”

33. Edward Albert, actor

“The simple act of caring is heroic.”

34. Jim Rohn, author

“One person caring about another represents life’s greatest value.”

35. Michael J. Fox, actor

“Family is not an important thing. It’s everything.”

36. G. K. Chesterton

“An inconvenience is only an adventure wrongly considered.”

37. Joan Baez

“You don’t get to choose how you’re going to die or when. You can only decide how you’re going to live.”

38. Robert H. Schuller

“Never underestimate your problem or your ability to deal with it.”

39. Bernice Johnson Reagon

“Life’s challenges are not supposed to paralyze you; they’re supposed to help you discover who you are.”

40. Les Brown

“Be determined to handle any challenge in a way that will make you grow.”

41. Diana, Princess of Wales

“Family is the most important thing in the world”

42. Senator John Hoeven
“Caring for our seniors is perhaps the greatest responsibility we have. Those who walked before us have given so much and made possible the life we all enjoy.”

43. Vivien Frazier

“Caregiving is a constant learning experience.”

44. Lisa Goich-Andreadis

“The day the roles reverse is foreign. It’s a clumsy dance of love and responsibility, not wanting to cross any lines of respect. It’s honoring this person who gave their life to you—not to mention literally gave you life—and taking their fragile body in your hands like a newborn, tending to their every need.”

45. Karen Coetzer

“There will come a time when your loved one is gone, and you will find comfort in the fact that you were their caregiver.”

46. Robert Ingersoll

“We rise by lifting others.”

47. Jamie Calandriello

“The disease might hide the person underneath, but there’s still a person in there who needs your love and attention.”

48. Audrey Hepburn

“You have two hands. One to help yourself, and one to help others.”

49. Robert H Schuller

“Impossible situations can become possible miracles.”

50. Saint Theresa

“Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless.”

51. Dale L Baker

“Caregiving leaves its mark on us. No matter what we do to prepare ourselves, the hole left behind looms large.”

52. Brett H Lewis

“Doctors diagnose, nurses heal, and caregivers make sense of it all.”

53. Naoki Higashida

“During the 24/7 grind of being a carer, it’s all too easy to forget the fact that the person you’re doing so much for is, and is obliged to be, more resourceful than you in many respects.”

54. Judy Cornish

“Offering care means being a companion, not a superior. It doesn’t matter whether the person we are caring for is experiencing cancer, the flu, dementia, or grief. If you are a doctor or surgeon, your expertise and knowledge comes from a superior position. But when our role is to be providers of care, we should be there as equals.”

55. Ralph Waldo Emerson

“What you do speaks so loud that I cannot hear what you say.”

56. Unknown

“When you are a caregiver, you know that every day you will touch a life or a life will touch yours.”

57. Eleanor Brownn

“Put one foot in front of the other, no matter what.”

58. Unknown

“Don’t judge people. You never know what kind of battle they are fighting.”

59. Unknown

“Physical strength is measured by what we can carry; spiritual by what we can bear.”

60. Ram Dass

“We’re all just walking each other home.”

61. Jane Austen

“It isn’t what we say or think that defines us, but what we do.”

62. Zig Ziglar

“Be helpful. When you see a person without a smile, give them yours.”

63. Chris Fabry, Every Waking Moment
“I want that person you knew to return. But the truth is, this may be the best we achieve. Today, having her here and comfortable and not agitated…that may be as good as we get. Are you okay with that?”

64. Antonella Gambotto-Burke, Mama: Love, Motherhood and Revolution

“There is a world of difference between the experience of ‘care’ – the wiping of a bottom, the bathing of a body: basic biological obligations – and the intimacy that makes us want
to live.”

65. Nancy L. Kriseman, Mindful Caregiver: Finding Easecb: Finding Ease in the Caregiving Journey

“Many caregivers share that they often feel alone, isolated, and unappreciated. Mindfulness can offer renewed hope for finding support and value for your role as a caregiver…It is an approach that everyone can use. It can help slow you down some so you can make the best possible decisions for your care recipient. It also helps bring more balance and ease while navigating the caregiving journey.”

66. Nancy L. Kriseman, Mindful Caregiver: Finding Easecb: Finding Ease in the Caregiving Journey

“One goal of the mindful caregiver is to find ways to not feel ‘dis-eased’ in the caregiving process.”

67. Nancy L. Kriseman, Mindful Caregiver: Finding Easecb: Finding Ease in the Caregiving Journey

“As your care recipient’s advocate, be involved, don’t accept the status quo, and don’t be afraid to voice your concerns.”

68. John Paul Marosy, Caregivers Work: A Six Step Guide to Balancing Work and Family: Elder Care Edition

“It’s not a matter of whether or not every employer will feel the impact of caregiving/work balance conflicts, it’s a matter of how effectively each employer deals with those conflicts.”

69. John Passaro, 6 Minutes Wrestling With Life

“It is at this moment that I realize the best thing I ever did in my life was to marry this woman.

She is willing to give up her life for her child. I know most parents would do the same. But how many mothers would give up everything that they love, everything that they will ever be able to do in the future for the “possibility and not the guarantee” of getting their child better.

Now reduce the odds of success to less than 1%.

How many mothers are still standing?

She is.”

70. Peggi Speers, The Inspired Caregiver: Finding Joy While Caring for Those You Love

“By loving you more, you love the person you are caring for more.”

71. Peggi Speers

“Many of us follow the commandment ‘Love One Another.’ When it relates to caregiving, we must love one another with boundaries. We must acknowledge that we are included in the ‘Love One Another.”

72. Kathleen Kendall-Tackett Ph.D

“In most families, care-giving becomes the woman’s responsibility. While care-giving can enrich you, it can also deplete you if you don’t have support or make time for self care.”

73. Sharon Law Tucker

“I believe that most caregivers find that they inherit a situation where they just kind of move into caregiving. It’s not a conscious decision for most caregivers, and they are ultimately left with the responsibility of working while still trying to be the caregiver, the provider, and the nurturer”

74. Deborah A. Beasley

“Sometimes our work as caregivers is not for the faint of heart. But, you will never know what you are made of until you step into the fire. Step bravely!”

75. HRH Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge

“The crucial role that parents and caregivers play in our children’s lives cannot be underestimated…You go, and have gone, above and beyond the call of duty; you’ve committed your time and devotion to nurturing your children’s exceptional talents. And as a parent, I have a huge admiration for you and I know just how complex and time-consuming your role is. You are simultaneously the transport and logistics managers, nutritionists, laundry service, psychologists, financiers, and crucially, the ones that provide love, support and encouragement when things are tough.”

76. Mayim Bialik

“Being a caregiver for your child is part of the job description of being a mammal.”

77. Ariel Gore
“Some caregivers want to reciprocate the care they themselves received as children.”

78. Naomi Judd

“When you’re a caregiver, you need to realize that you’ve got to take care of yourself, because, not only are you going to have to rise to the occasion and help someone else, but you have to model for the next generation.”

79. Dana Reeve

“It is so important as a caregiver not to become so enmeshed in the role that you lose yourself. It’s neither good for you nor your loved one.”

80. Leeza Gibbons

“If caregivers are not healthy, mentally well-balanced and spiritually sound, then those for whom they care will suffer.”

81. Gary Zukav

“Caregivers attract caregivers and live in a community of love. They are energized by their caring, fulfilled, and they love life. Caretakers attract caretakers and live in the company of resentful victims who see themselves as misused and are fatigued from constant giving with no return.”

82. Aesop

“No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.”

83. Diane McKenty

“Although 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.”

84. David Allen

“You can do anything, but not everything.”

85. Diana, Princess of Wales

“Carry out a random act of kindness, with no expectation of reward, safe in the knowledge that one day someone might do the same for you.”

86. Unknown

“Life is more accurately measured by the lives you
touch than the things you acquire”
87. William Makepeace Thackeray

“Never lose a chance of saying a kind word.”

88. Maya Angelou

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

89. Saint Basil

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

90. Theodore Roosevelt

“Nobody cares how much you know, until they know how much you care.”

91. Maya Angelou

“Be the rainbow in someone else’s cloud.”

92. Miya Yamanouchi

“We can all make a difference in the lives of others in need because it is the most simple of gestures that make the most significant of differences.”

93. Karen Wilder

“It is a strange, sad irony that so often in the territory of a disease that robs an individual of memory, caregivers are often the forgotten.”

94. Judith L London

“Caregivers are often the casualties, the hidden victims. No one sees the sacrifices they make.”

95. Winston Churchill

“We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.”

96. Peter W Rosenberger

“Healthy caregivers make better caregivers.”

97. St Francis De Sales

“Nothing is so strong as gentleness, Nothing so gentle as real strength.”

98. Nancy L Kriseman

“Caregiving will never be one-size-fits-all”

99. John Holmes

“There is no better exercise for the heart than reaching down and lifting people up.”

100. Mahatma Gandhi

“Where there is love there is life.”

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