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    We are here to add what we can to life, not to get what we can from life.
    — William Osler
    It is not... That some people do not know what to do with truth when it is offered to them, But the tragic fate is to reach, after patient search, a condition of mind-blindness, in which. The truth is not recognized, though it stares you in the face.
    — William Osler
    tags: fate  truth  people 
     
    The young doctor should look about early for an avocation, a pastime, that will take him away from patients, pills, and potions.
    — William Osler
    tags: young  doctor 
     
    To confess ignorance is often wiser than to beat about the bush with a hypothetical diagnosis.
    — William Osler
    tags: ignorance 
     
    Without faith a man can do nothing; with it all things are possible.
    — William Osler
    tags: men  faith 
     
    A physician who treats himself has a fool for a patient.
    — William Osler
    tags: fools 
     
    Half of us are blind, few of us feel, and we are all deaf.
    — William Osler
    Taking a lady's hand gives her confidence in her physician.
    — William Osler
    tags: confidence 
     
    Nature, the great Moloch, which exacts a frightful tax of human blood, sparing neither young nor old; taking the child from the cradle, the mother from her babe, and the father from the family.
    — William Osler
    Work is the open sesame of every portal, the great equalizer in the world, the true philosopher's stone which transmutes all the base metal of humanity into gold.
    — William Osler
    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.
    — William Osler
    tags: sad  help  comfort  courage 
     
    There is no disease more conducive to clinical humility than aneurysm of the aorta.
    — William Osler
    tags: humility 
     
    No bubble is so iridescent or floats longer than that blown by the successful teacher.
    — William Osler
    tags: successful 
     
    Start at once a bedside library and spend the last half hour of the day in communion with the saints of humanity.
    — William Osler
    tags: humanity  library 
     
    The teacher's life should have three periods, study until twenty-five, investigation until forty, profession until sixty, at which age I would have him retired on a double allowance.
    — William Osler
    tags: age  profession 
     
    The uselessness of men above sixty years of age and the incalculable benefit it would be in commercial, in political, and in professional life, if as a matter of course, men stopped work at this age.
    — William Osler
    tags: men  work  age  political  year 
     
    Jaundice is the disease that your friends diagnose.
    — William Osler
    tags: friends 
     
    Few diseases present greater difficulties in the way of diagnosis than malignant endocarditis, difficulties which in many cases are practi- cally insurmountable. It is no disparagement to the many skilled physicians who have put their cases upon record to say that, in fully one-half the diagnosis was made post mortem.
    — William Osler
    tags: present 
     
    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
    tags: men  language 
     
    To have a group of cloistered clinicians away completely from the broad current of professional life would be bad for teacher and worse for student. The primary work of a professor of medicine in a medical school is in the wards, teaching his pupils how to deal with patients and their diseases.
    — William Osler
    tags: work  bad  medicine  school  teaching 
     
    Soap and water and common sense are the best disinfectants.
    — William Osler
    tags: water 
     
    But whatever you do, take neither yourselves nor your fellow-creatures too seriously. There is tragedy enough in our daily routine, but there is room too for a keen sense of the absurdities and incongruities of life, and in the shifting panorama no one sees better than the doctor the perennial sameness of men's ways.
    — William Osler
    tags: tragedy  doctor 
     
    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
    Humanity has but three great enemies: fever, famine, and war; of these by far the greatest, by far the most terrible, is fever.
    — William Osler
    tags: humanity 
     
    Avoid wine and women - choose a freckly-faced girl for a wife; they are invariably more amiable.
    — William Osler
    tags: women  girls 
     
    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.
    — William Osler
    tags: self  fight  dangerous 
     
    We doctors have always been a simple trusting folk. Did we not believe Galen implicitly for 1500 years and Hippocrates for more than 2000?
    — William Osler
    tags: believe  year  doctor 
     
    Patients should have rest, food, fresh air, and exercise - the quadrangle of health.
    — William Osler
    tags: health  food  exercise 
     
    The most essential thing for happiness is the gift of friendship.
    — William Osler
    Shed, as you do your garments, your daily sins, whether of omission or commission, and you will wake a free man, with a new life.
    — William Osler
    tags: men  sin 
     
    To know just what has do be done, then to do it, comprises the whole philosophy of practical life.
    — William Osler
    tags: philosophy 
     
    The higher education so much needed today is not given in the school, is not to be bought in the market place, but it has to be wrought out in each one of us for himself; it is the silent influence of character on character.
    — William Osler
    A man is sane morally at thirty, rich mentally at forty, wise spiritually at fifty-or never!
    — William Osler
    tags: men  wise 
     
    Think not of the amount to be accomplished, the difficulties to be overcome, or the end to be attained, but set earnestly at the little task at your elbow, letting that be sufficient for the day.
    — William Osler
    Now of the difficulties bound up with the public in which we doctors work, I hesitate to speak in a mixed audience. Common sense in matters medical is rare, and is usually in inverse ratio to the degree of education.
    — William Osler
    tags: work  education  doctor 
     
    Nothing is life is more wonderful than faith.
    — William Osler
    tags: faith 
     
    The desire to take medicine is perhaps the greatest feature which distinguishes man from animals.
    — William Osler
    tags: animals  desires  men  medicine 
     
    Beware of people who call you 'Doc.' They rarely pay their bills.
    — William Osler
    tags: people 
     
    To it, more than to anything else, I owe whatever success I have had - to this power of settling down to the day's work and trying to do it to the best of one's ability, and letting the future take care of itself.
    — William Osler
    tags: work  power  future  care  success 
     
    As it can be maintained that all the great advances have come from men under forty, so the history of the world shows that a very large proportion of the evils may be traced to the sexagenarians, nearly all the great mistakes politically and socially, all of the worst poems, most of the bad pictures, a majority of the bad novels and not a few of the bad sermons and speeches.
    — William Osler
    tags: evil  men  world  mistakes  bad  speech  novel  poem  majority 
     
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