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    The value of experience is not in seeing much, but in seeing wisely.
    — William Osler
    tags: experience  value  seeing 
     
    The greater the ignorance the greater the dogmatism.
    — William Osler
    tags: ignorance 
     
    Every patient you see is a lesson in much more than the malady from which he suffers.
    — William Osler
    tags: lessons 
     
    The very first step towards success in any occupation is to become interested in it.
    — William Osler
    Acquire the art of detachment, the virtue of method, and the quality of thoroughness, but above all the grace of humility.
    — 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
    tags: law  body 
     
    The trained nurse has become one of the great blessings of humanity, taking a place beside the physician and the priest.
    — William Osler
    tags: humanity  blessing 
     
    Medicine is a science of uncertainty and an art of probability.
    — William Osler
    tags: medicine 
     
    There are three classes of human beings: men, women and women physicians.
    — William Osler
    tags: men  women  human 
     
    The practice of medicine will be very much as you make it - to one a worry, a care, a perpetual annoyance; to another, a daily job and a life of as much happiness and usefulness as can well fall to the lot of man, because it is a life of self-sacrifice and of countless opportunities to comfort and help the weak-hearted, and to raise up those that fall.
    — William Osler
    One of the first duties of the physician is to educate the masses not to take medicine.
    — William Osler
    tags: medicine 
     
    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
    tags: alone  learn 
     
    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
    tags: medicine  book 
     
    Gentlemen, I have a confession to make. Half of what we have taught you is in error, and furthermore we cannot tell you which half it is
    — William Osler
    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.
    — William Osler
    tags: care 
     
    The person who takes medicine must recover twice, once from the disease and once from the medicine.
    — William Osler
    tags: people  medicine 
     
    Be calm and strong and patient. Meet failure and disappointment with courage. Rise superior to the trials of life, and never give in to hopelessness or despair. In danger, in adversity, cling to your principles and ideals. Aequanimitas!
    — 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
    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.
    — William Osler
    tags: control  medicine  book  read 
     
    The practice of medicine is an art, not a trade; a calling, not a business; a calling in which your heart will be exercised equally with your head. Often the best part of your work will have nothing to do with potions and powders, but with the exercise of an influence of the strong upon the weak, of the righteous upon the wicked, of the wise upon the foolish.
    — William Osler
    The good physician treats the disease; the great physician treats the patient who has the disease.
    — William Osler
    We are all dietetic sinners; only a small percent of what we eat nourishes us; the balance goes to waste and loss of energy.
    — William Osler
    tags: loss  energy  balance 
     
    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.
    — William Osler
    tags: men  work  hope  profession 
     
    Happiness lies in the absorption in some vocation which satisfies the soul.
    — William Osler
    tags: happiness  lies  soul 
     
    Patients rarely die of the disease from which they suffer. Secondary or terminal infections are the real cause of death.
    — William Osler
    tags: death  real  die 
     
    Nothing will sustain you more potently than the power to recognize in your humdrum routine, as perhaps it may be thought, the true poetry of life.
    — William Osler
    tags: power  thoughts  true  poetry 
     
    It is much simpler to buy books than to read them and easier to read them than to absorb their contents.
    — William Osler
    tags: book  read 
     
    If it were not for the great variability among individuals, medicine might as well be a science, not an art.
    — William Osler
    tags: medicine 
     
    We are constantly misled by the ease with which our minds fall into the ruts of one or two experiences
    — William Osler
    tags: experience  mind 
     
    Things cannot always go your way. Learn to accept in silence the minor aggravations, cultivate the gift of taciturnity and consume your own smoke with an extra draught of hard work, so that those about you may not be annoyed with the dust and soot of your complaints.
    — William Osler
    tags: work  silence  gift  learn  smoke 
     
    A well-trained, sensible doctor is one of the most valuable assets of a community.
    — William Osler
    tags: community  doctor 
     
    One special advantage of the skeptical attitude of mind is that a man is never vexed to find that after all he has been in the wrong.
    — William Osler
    tags: men  attitude  wrong  mind  advantage 
     
    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
    Advice is sought to confirm a position already taken.
    — William Osler
    tags: advice 
     
    I desire no other epitaph - no hurry about it, I may say - than the statement that I taught medical students in the wards, as I regard this as by far the most useful and important work I have been called upon to do.
    — William Osler
    tags: desires  work 
     
    The successful teacher is no longer on a height, pumping knowledge at high pressure into passive receptacles.
    — William Osler
    tags: successful 
     
    To have striven, to have made the effort, to have been true to certain ideals - this alone is worth the struggle.
    — William Osler
    tags: alone  true  struggle  worth 
     
    There are only two sorts of doctors; those who practise with their brains, and those who practise with their tongues.
    — William Osler
    tags: brain 
     
    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
    tags: young  drugs 
     
    The extraordinary development of modern science may be her undoing. Specialism, now a necessity, has fragmented the specialities themselves in a way that makes the outlook hazardous. The workers lose all sense of proportion in a maze of minutiae.
    — William Osler
    tags: development 
     
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