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William Osler Quotes and Sayings

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The value of experience is not in seeing much,
but in seeing wisely.
- William Osler

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The young physician starts life with 20 drugs for each disease,
and the old physician ends life with one drug for 20 diseases.
- William Osler

What is the student but a lover courting a fickle mistress
who ever eludes his grasp?
- William Osler

He who studies medicine without books sails an uncharted sea,
but he who studies medicine without patients does not go to sea at all.
- William Osler

 

One of the first duties of the physician is to educate
the masses not to take medicine.
- William Osler

There is no more difficult art to acquire than the art of observation,
and for some men it is quite as difficult to record
an observation in brief and plain language.
- William Osler

The natural man has only two primal passions,
to get and to beget.
- William Osler

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The first duties of the physician is to educate the
masses not to take medicine.
- William Osler

The greater the ignorance the greater the dogmatism.
- William Osler

To have striven, to have made the effort,
to have been true to certain ideals -
this alone is worth the struggle.
- William Osler

The desire to take medicine is perhaps the greatest
feature which distinguishes man from animals.
- William Osler

No bubble is so iridescent or floats longer than that
blown by the successful teacher.
- William Osler

The best preparation for tomorrow is to do today's work superbly well.
- William Osler

There is no disease more conducive to clinical humility
than aneurysm of the aorta.
- William Osler

Medicine is a science of uncertainty and an art of probability.
- William Osler

To study the phenomena of disease without books is
to sail an uncharted sea,
while to study books without patients is not to go to sea at all.
- William Osler

The very first step towards success in any occupation
is to become interested in it.
- William Osler

We are here to add what we can to life,
not to get what we can from life.
- William Osler

It is much simpler to buy books than to read them and
easier to read them than to absorb their contents.
- William Osler

Look wise, say nothing, and grunt.
Speech was given to conceal thought.
- William Osler

Soap and water and common sense are the best disinfectants.
- William Osler

The philosophies of one age have become the absurdities of the next,
and the foolishness of yesterday has become the wisdom of tomorrow.
- William Osler

The future is today.
- William Osler

In seeking absolute truth we aim at the unattainable
and must be content with broken portions.
- William Osler

There are, in truth, no specialties in medicine,
since to know fully many of the most important diseases
a man must be familiar with their manifestations in many organs.
- William Osler

The good physician treats the disease;
the great physician treats the patient who has the disease.
- William Osler

Observe, record, tabulate, communicate.
Use your five senses.
Learn to see, learn to hear, learn to feel,
learn to smell, and know that by practice alone you can become expert.
- William Osler

It is much more important to know what sort of a patient
has a disease than what sort of a disease a patient has.
- William Osler

Variability is the law of life, and as no two faces are the same,
so no two bodies are alike, and no two individuals
react alike and behave alike under the abnormal conditions
which we know as disease.
- William Osler

No human being is constituted to know the truth,
the whole truth, and nothing but the truth;
and even the best of men must be content with fragments,
with partial glimpses, never the full fruition.
- William Osler

To go against the dominant thinking of your friends,
of most of the people you see every day,
is perhaps the most difficult act of heroism you can perform.
- Theodore H. White PHOTO

The essence of life is not in
the great victories and grand failures,
but in the simple joys.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie PHOTO

If not us, who, if not now, when?
- Anonymous

To live is to choose. But to choose well,
you must know who you are and what you stand for,
where you want to go and why you want to get there.
- Kofi Annan

You have enemies? Good.
That means you've stood up for something,
sometime in your life.
- Winston Churchill

Compassion is the ultimate value in life.
Service is the ultimate action.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

We who lived in concentration camps can remember the men
who walked through the huts comforting others,
giving away their last piece of bread...
They offer sufficient proof that everything
can be taken from a man but one thing:
to choose one's attitude in any given set of circumstances,
to choose one's own way.
- Viktor E. Frankl

Don't underestimate the value of Doing Nothing,
of just going along,
listening to all the things you can't hear,
and not bothering.
- A. A. Milne (Winnie-The-Pooh)

The man who has won millions at the cost of his conscience is a failure.
- B. C. Forbes

The first step in the evolution of ethics
is a sense of solidarity with other human beings.
- Albert Schweitzer

We should be too big to take offense
and too noble to give it.
- Abraham Lincoln

We tell lies, yet it is easy to show that lying is immoral.
- Epictetus

We should take care not to make the intellect our god;
it has, of course, powerful muscles, but no personality.
- Albert Einstein

The fact is, that to do anything in the world worth doing,
we must not stand back shivering and thinking of the cold and danger,
but jump in and scramble through as well as we can.
- Robert Cushing

When will our consciences grow so tender
that we will act to prevent human misery rather than avenge it?
- Eleanor Roosevelt

The envious person grows lean
with the fatness of their neighbor.
- Socrates

We must use time creatively.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

When the tempest rages, when the thunders roar,
and the lightnings blaze around us
it is then that the truly brave man stands firm at his post.
- Luther Martin

The heart, not the head, must be the guide.
- Arthur Erickson

The hope of a secure and livable world
lies with disciplined nonconformists
who are dedicated to justice, peace and brotherhood.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

If a man hasn't discovered something that he will die for,
he isn't fit to live.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

We must use time wisely and forever realize
that the time is always ripe to do right.
- Nelson Mandela

The real lessons from the book of life
are inscribed in a corner of the margin.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The pursuit of truth does not permit violence on one's opponent.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

The indispensable first step to getting
the things you want out of life is this:
Decide what you want.
- Ben Stein

The most wasted of all days is one without laughter.
- e. e. cummings

We should not pretend to understand the world
only by the intellect.
The judgment of the intellect
is only part of the truth.
- Carl Jung

We hardly ever realize that we can
cut anything out of our lives,
anytime, in the blink of an eye.
- Carlos Castaneda

To have done anything just for money
is to have been truly idle.
- Henry David Thoreau

The quality, not the longevity, of one's life is what is important.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

There is more value in a very good painting
that is completed and on display,
than in an excellent painting
that is still in the artist's studio,
or perhaps still in his mind.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

When the well's dry, we know the worth of water.
- Benjamin Franklin

IF it is to be, it is up to me.
- Anonymous

The law of sacrifice is uniform throughout the world.
To be effective it demands the sacrifice
of the bravest and the most spotless.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

The probability that we may fail
in the struggle ought not to deter us
from the support of a cause we believe to be just.
- Abraham Lincoln

When virtue is lost, benevolence appears,
when benevolence is lost right conduct appears,
when right conduct is lost, expedience appears.
Expediency is the mere shadow of right and truth;
it is the beginning of disorder.
- Lao Tzu

The value of a man should be seen in what he gives
and not in what he is able to receive.
- Albert Einstein

The WAY is Not The Way for You,
Unless You Come With an Open Mind,
Clean Hands, and a Loving Heart.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

There is no value in life except what you choose to place upon it
and no happiness in any place except what you bring to it yourself.
- Henry David Thoreau

Try not to become a man of success,
but rather try to become a man of value.
- Albert Einstein

If I were to wish for anything,
I should not wish for wealth and power,
but for the passionate sense of potential -
for the eye which, ever young and ardent, sees the possible.
Pleasure disappoints; possibility never.
- Soren Kierkegaard


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