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11/03/2014 12:06 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

11 Inspiring Quotes For Caregivers

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SPECIAL FROM Next Avenue

By Laine Bergeson

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 latest 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:

“From caring comes courage.” — Lao Tzu

“Your own self-realization is the greatest service you can render the world.” — Ramona Maharshi, modern Indian guru

“After enlightenment, the laundry.” — Buddha

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“You can do anything, but not everything.” — David Allen, productivity consultant

“Relationships based on obligation lack dignity.” — Wayne Dyer, motivational speaker and author

“Take care of your body. It’s the only place you have to live.” — Jim Rohn, author and motivational speaker

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

“Worry never robs tomorrow of its sorrow, it only robs today of its joy.” — Leo Buscaglia, author, professor, motivational speaker

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

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

"It is not the load that breaks you down. It’s the way you carry it." — Lena Horne, singer

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