Sir William Osler
Quotations


The greater the ignorance the greater the dogmatism.

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

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

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

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

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

If you listen carefully to the patient they will tell you the diagnosis.

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

My second fixed idea is the uselessness of men above sixty years of age, and the incalculable benefit it would be in commercial, political, and in professional life, if as a matter of course, men stopped work at this age.

Medicine is a science of uncertainty and an art of probability.

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.

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

Soap and water and common sense are the best disinfectants.

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

There are three classes of human beings: men, women and women physicians.

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.

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

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

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.



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