Inscription: “Live life when you have it”- Florence Nightingale. Known as “The Lady With the Lamp,” Nightingale was a British nurse during the Crimean War, a social reformer and statistician best known as the founder of modern nursing. The full quote is “Live life when you have it. Life is a splendid gift. There is nothing small in it.” Spoken in praise of a fellow worker and quoted by Edward Tyas Cook in his bookThe Life of Florence Nightingale: 1862-1910.