20 Nurse Ratched Quotes From The Nurse You Never Want

You will love these Nurse Ratched quotes from the battleaxe herself.

Nurse Ratched is a fictional nurse from the 1975 hit movie “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest,” as well as the Netflix prequel series titled “Ratched.”

In the movie, Louise Fletcher played Nurse Ratched, and in the Netflix series, Sarah Paulson plays her.

Nurse Ratched is a cold, manipulative tyrant that did not care about her patient’s well-being or feelings.

Instead, she cared about her patients being quiet and following her strict orders.

Nurse Ratched’s cruelty and demand for quickly and strictly following orders partially stem from her time as an army nurse during WWII.

Nurse Ratched has mostly free rein because her superiors approve of her antipsychotic drugs and manipulation of the patients since she keeps an orderly hospital.

Check out these Nurse Ratched Quotes from the unfriendly nurse.

Nurse Ratched quotes from One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

Check out these cold-hearted quotes from Nurse Ratched.

1. “Your hand is staining my window.”  Nurse Ratched

2. “Your mother and I are old friends. You know that.”  Nurse Ratched

3. “The best thing we can do is go on with our daily routine.”  Nurse Ratched

4. “So I’d like to keep him on the ward. I think we can help him.”  Nurse Ratched

5. “Those are very challenging observations you made, Randle.”  Nurse Ratched

6. “You know Billy, what worries me is how your mother is going to take this.”  Nurse Ratched

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7. “Some men on the ward take a long, long time to get used to the schedule.”  Nurse Ratched

8. “No, Mr. McMurphy. When the meeting was adjourned, the vote was nine to nine.”  Nurse Ratched

9. “You men are in this hospital because of your proven inability to adjust to society.”  Nurse Ratched

10. “If Mr. McMurphy doesn’t want to take his medication orally, I’m sure we can arrange that he can have it some other way.”  Nurse Ratched

Nurse Ratched quotes from the Netflix series

Enjoy these quotes from a younger version of Nurse Ratched.

11. “The car is ready, so follow the plan.”  Nurse Ratched

12. “Do you believe the human mind can be cured?”  Nurse Ratched

13. “I sent a man to do what was clearly a woman’s job.”  Nurse Ratched

14. “I don’t feel quite free from the past the way you might.”  Nurse Ratched

15. “He wasn’t born a monster. Somebody turned him into one.”  Nurse Ratched

16. “Search yourself, and I think you’ll realize it would be wise to do what I ask.”  Nurse Ratched

17. “All I was guilty of was showing these men mercy when no one else would.”  Nurse Ratched

18. “I know how you feel right now; told that you’re made, when that’s what’s driving you mad.”  Nurse Ratched

19. “I believe there are some things that are worse to feel than simply feeling nothing.”  Nurse Ratched

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20.“We had a saying in the Core, ‘Save one life, and you’re a hero. Save 100 lives, well then, you’re a nurse.’”  Nurse Ratched

Don’t cross Nurse Ratched

Randle McMurphy tries to bend Nurse Ratched’s rules upon his arrival.

His defiance draws the ire of Nurse Ratched, so she threatens him and gives him mild punishments and eventually even shock therapy!

Please share these Nurse Ratched quotes with your friends and family that would enjoy a flashback to the classic character.

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