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Quotations by author » William Osler
Canadian Physician, 1849-1919
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A library represents the mind of its collector, his fancies and foibles, his strength and weakness, his prejudices and preferences. Particularly is this the case if, to the character of a collector, he adds -- or tries to add -- the qualities of a student who wishes to know the books and the lives of the men who wrote them. The friendships of his life, the phases of his growth, the vagaries of his mind, all are represented.
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A physician who treats himself has a fool for a patient.
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Advice is sought to confirm a position already taken.
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Avoid wine and women -- choose a freckly-faced girl for a wife; they are invariably more amiable.
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By far the most dangerous foe we have to fight is apathy - indifference from whatever cause, not from a lack of knowledge, but from carelessness, from absorption in other pursuits, from a contempt bred of self satisfaction
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Care more for the individual patient than for the special features of the disease. . . . Put yourself in his place . . . The kindly word, the cheerful greeting, the sympathetic look -- these the patient understands.
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Courage and cheerfulness will not only carry you over the rough places in life, but will enable you to bring comfort and help to the weak-hearted and will console you in the sad hours
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For the general practitioner a well-used library is one of the few correctives of the premature senility which is so apt to take him.
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Half of us are blind, few of us feel, and we are all deaf.
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He who studies medicine without books sails an uncharted sea, but he who studies medicine without patients does not go to sea at all.
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Here's the advice Sir William Osler gave the students at Yale: "Live neither in the past nor in the future, but let each day absorb all your interest, energy and enthusiasm. The best preparation for tomorrow is to live today superbly well."
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In science the credit goes to the man who convinces the world, not to the man to whom the idea first occurs.
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In seeking absolute truth we aim at the unattainable and must be content with broken portions.
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It cannot be too often or too forcibly brought home to us that the hope of the profession is with the men who do its daily work in general practice.
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It is much more important to know what sort of a patient has a disease than what sort of a disease a patient has.
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It is much simpler to buy books than to read them and easier to read them than to absorb their contents.
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It is not the delicate neurotic person who is prone to angina, but the robust, the vigorous in mind and body, the keen and ambitious man, the indicator of whose engines is always at "full speed ahead."
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It is strange how the memory of a man may float to posterity on what he would have himself regarded as the most trifling of his works.
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Look wise, say nothing, and grunt. Speech was given to conceal thought.
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Medicine is learned by the bedside and not in the classroom. Let not your conceptions of disease come from words heard in the lecture room or read from the book. See, and then reason and compare and control. But see first.
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