50+ Inspirational Quotes for Caregivers

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Caregiver roles are some of the most challenging roles out there, not only in times of tragedy but in times of peace too. Instead of a path to a great fortune, theirs is a path with great purpose. And while this might bring personal fulfillment, they still experience tough days both mentally and physically.

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Outside of their caregiver role, these people face their own hurdles and hardships, too. So, when it gets tough, bringing them some inspiration might give them the motivation to reach the end of the day. 

Here are some quotes you can add to a card, email, or text that might just be the reserve they need to get through the week.

Funny Quotes for Caregivers

Sometimes humorous quotes don’t need a gut laugh as much as a nod of approval. Check out the ones below and see if you agree.

“Sometimes life hits you in the head with a brick. Don’t lose faith.” —Steve Jobs, Entrepreneur

Some people need hard visuals so that their responsibility may not weigh so hard on them.

“If you think you are too small to make a difference, try sleeping with a mosquito.” —The Dalai Lama

Choose this for the person who needs to know that might comes in many sizes.

“Don’t worry about the world coming to an end today. It’s already tomorrow in Australia” —Charles Schulz, Cartoonist

For some, perspective is a lovely addition to any day.

“When life gives you lemons, squirt someone in the eye.” —Cathy Guisewite, Cartoonist

Use this for the person that’s tired of making lemonade.

“Even if you are on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.” —Will Rogers, Actor

Sometimes motivation is as needed as inspiration when caregiving.

“A day without sunshine is like, you know, night.” —Steve Martin, Actor

Here’s one for encouraging a new perspective.

“If you try to fail, and succeed, which have you done?” —George Carlin, Comedian

This works for the person who needs a better frame of reference for success.

“You can’t wait for inspiration, you have to go after it with a club.” —Jack London, Author

A quote for the person who knows that perfecting the fine art of sitting won’t deliver progress.

“To be old and wise, you must first be young and stupid.” —Unknown

If we all came with omniscience, life would be such a bore.

“Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds.” —Albert Einstein, Writer

Here’s one for the caregiver who listens to their gut no matter what the lemmings say.

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Encouraging Quotes for Caregivers

National Caregiver Month is the perfect time to send a note to someone working hard at helping others. Check out some of the quotes below to see what works for you.

“No matter what people tell you, words and ideas can change the world.” —Robin Williams, Comedian

Words have power, and sometimes people need to know that their words are just as powerful.

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

Caregivers know this better than most.

“Be someone’s light when they are hopeless.” —Dave Grohl, Musician

Here’s a reminder that most people aren’t looking to be rescued, they’re just looking for someone to help lighten the load. 

“You will discover a strength you never knew existed.” —Paula Wychopen, Caregiver

This is an uplifting quote to say that inside everyone has a prowess so unheard, so unbelievable, and yet so magical.

“One day, in retrospect, the years of struggle will strike you as the most beautiful.” —Sigmund Freud, Neurologist

Even though Freud can be a tough sell for some, he really hit this one out of the park.

“It is not work that kills men; it is the worry.” —Henry Ward Beecher, Clergyman

From my family to yours, not only is this a sage advice, it’s also a tiny treasure to pass down for generations.

“A life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives.” —Jackie Robinson, Baseball Player

If you know caregivers who are questioning themselves, here’s a quick pick-me-up.

“Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared.” —Buddha

Here’s an impact statement for the philosopher-caregiver. 

“Start by doing what’s necessary; then do what’s possible, and suddenly you are doing the impossible.” —Francis of Assisi, Friar

This quote is for the caregiver who doesn’t know where to start or the one who has trouble taking too much on at once.

“Your ordinary acts of love and hope point to the extraordinary promise that every human life is of inestimable value.” —Desmond Tutu, Theologian

When you encounter a grateful caregiver, use this quote.

Quotes for Family Caregivers

National Caregiver Day doesn’t have to be just once a year if you’re loved one does it for a living. But, when that day comes around, be sure to let them know you see and appreciate their hard work. 

“We all have an unexpected reserve of strength inside that emerges when life puts us to the test.” – Isabelle Allende, Author

When you are in awe of someone’s sheer fortitude, this quote will work well.

“Strength isn’t about how much you handle before you break. It’s about how much you can endure after you’re broken.” —Robert Tew, Author

Many quotes offer new perspectives, so here’s one about where strength really comes from.

“Life is never made unbearable by circumstances, but only by lack of meaning and purpose.” —Victor Frankl, Holocaust Survivor

A caregiver that has a clear path can always call on hope for guidance.

“The glow of one warm thought is worth more than money.” —Thomas Jefferson, President

If you value your caregiver more than anything else, here’s a great way of saying that.

“From a small seed, a mighty trunk will grow.” —Aeschylus, Tragedian

This one refers to the underestimation of people—and maybe their underestimation of themselves.

“Every charitable act is a stepping stone toward heaven.” —Henry Ward Beecher, Clergyman

Some caregivers understand that when you are generous, you are repaid with joy. 

“There are glimpses of heaven to us in every act or thought, or word, that raises us above ourselves.” —Robert Quillen, Journalist

Consider this quote for the caregiver who has abundant sunshine in their heart.

“In the affairs of the world, men are saved not by faith, but by the want of it.” —Benjamin Franklin, Polymath

Here’s a quote for the person who understands that seeking is not the same as possessing.

“Sure I am of this, that you have only to endure to conquer.” —Winston Churchill, Prime Minister

If you know a determined caregiver, then you know resilience has a name.

“The world breaks everyone, and afterward, some are strong as the broken places.” —Ernest Hemingway, Author 

Certain caregivers have a way about them that gives pause to their prowess.

Quotes for Alzheimer’s Caregivers

Memory care, in particular, can be a very tough occupation. So, listed below are some appropriate quotes for that strength and spirit that often is unrecognized.

“Be in the moment with them. They may not remember you are there, but YOU do.” —Joyce Olson Christianson, Caregiver

Here’s a quote for some perspective on dark days, or days which seem like the patient can’t be reached.

“A diamond is just a chunk of coal that did well under pressure” —Henry Kissinger, Diplomat

If this related to memory care providers, they’d all be diamonds.

“New beginnings are often disguised as painful endings.” —Lao Tzu, Philosopher

New memory caregivers may need to read this as they experience loss for the first time.

“Every moment and every event of every man’s life on earth plants something in his soul.” —Thomas Merton, Theologian

Experienced memory caregivers will likely have gleaned this already but hearing it again might help on dark days.

“Memories of our lives, of our works and our deeds will continue in others.” —Rosa Parks, Civil Rights Activist

Sometimes a caregiver needs to hear that they are paving the way for a better tomorrow.

“One today is worth two tomorrows.” – Benjamin Franklin, Polymath

And other times, a caregiver needs to hear that the value of one moment creates invaluable moments to come. 

“What makes the desert beautiful is that somewhere it hides a well.” —Antoine de St. Exupéry, Children’s Book Author

Here’s a quote to remind that unbearable days can unleash greatness down the road.

“Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds you plant.” —Robert Louis Stevenson, Novelist

Some caregivers plant seeds so far in advance so that others can reap rewards for many lifetimes.

“I believe in living today. Not in yesterday, nor in tomorrow.” —Loretta Young, Actress

Here’s a quote for the memory caregiver who knows how valuable today is.

“Thought is in the wind, knowledge in the sail, mankind in the vessel.” —August Hare, Writer

Purpose through the eyes of the mariner may not look so different from that of the memory caregiver.

Quotes for Cancer Caregivers

Cancer caregivers have hearts of gold and the strength of mountains. Included in the quotes below are reflections of that mightiness.

“Be strong now, because things will get better. It might be stormy now, but it can’t rain forever.” —Unknown 

This may be a quote that the caregiver repeats to themselves and their patients to help both find inner strength.

“Scars are just another kind of memory.” —M.L. Stedman, Author

One thing a caregiver knows for sure is that life is sometimes ugly—but in it, there’s abundant beauty.

“There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.” —Edith Wharton, Author

If you are in awe of that divine inner light that shines through your child’s cancer caregiver, then here’s a beautiful quote to send their way.

“Each day provides its own gifts.” —Marcus Aurelius, Emperor

Some caregivers have this magical ability to lighten every room with hope, so here’s a quote for them.

“Nothing is worth more than this day.” —Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Statesman

For the caregiver that values simple and beautiful moments, here’s a quote for them.

“Most of us have far more courage than we ever dreamed we possessed.” —Dale Carnegie, Writer 

If there’s one thing that’s true about cancer caregivers (and patients), it’s that they overflow with courage.

“I am not afraid of tomorrow, for I have seen yesterday, and I love today!” —William Allen White, Newspaper Editor

If your partner is having a tough time at work, here’s a quote to let them know that now is what matters most.

“We relish news of our heroes, forgetting that we are extraordinary to someone too.” —Helen Hayes, Actress

If your sister has taken on the role of parental caregiver, here’s a sweet quote to send to her.

“When deeds speak, words are nothing.” —Pierre-Joseph Proudhon, Mutualist

As a cancer patient, here’s a simple quote to add to a thank you note for a caregiver to let them know you notice the little things, too.

“You always draw inspiration from your family or your parents if they’ve proven to be inspirational…” —Dustin Clare, Actor

If your sibling or parent is a caregiver, offer them this quote to let them know they matter.

“[A] living faith will last in the midst of the blackest storm.” —Mahatma Gandhi, Non-violent Leader

Here’s a quote for becoming a better person after witnessing their strength in dark times. 

Celebrate Your Caregivers

When words of support aren’t enough, consider finding some appropriate caregiver books, gifts, or ways to celebrate all they do for you, your family, and others.


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  1. “Famous Quotes at BrainyQuote.” Brainy Quote. www.brainyquote.com 
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