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    The clean tongue, the clear head, and the bright eye are birthrights of each day.
    — William Osler
    tags: eyes 
     
    The natural man has only two primal passions, to get and beget.
    — William Osler
    tags: men  passion 
     
    Faith is a most precious commodity, without which we should be very badly off.
    — William Osler
    tags: faith 
     
    In seeking absolute truth we aim at the unattainable and must be content with broken portions.
    — William Osler
    tags: truth  broken 
     
    There is a form of laughter that springs from the heart, heard every day in the merry voice of childhood, the expression of a laughter - loving spirit that defies analysis by the philosopher, which has nothing rigid or mechanical in it, and totally without social significance. Bubbling spontaneously from the heart of child or man. Without egotism and full of feeling, laughter is the music of life.
    — William Osler
    Varicose veins are the result of an improper selection of grandparents.
    — William Osler
    Look wise, say nothing, and grunt. Speech was given to conceal thought.
    — William Osler
    tags: thoughts  speech  wise 
     
    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
    tags: truth  men  human 
     
    Personally, I do not see in Canada it would be a feasible thing if any Ministry organized taking over both the Health and the Disease of the entire community... even in the most favourable circumstances... there would be that absence of competition and that sense of independence... I do not believe it would be good for the profession or good for the Public.
    — William Osler
    Shut out all of your past except that which will help you weather your tomorrows.
    — William Osler
    tags: past  help  tomorrow 
     
    Now the way of life that I preach is a habit to be acquired gradually by long and steady repetition. It is the practice of living for the day only, and for the day's work.
    — William Osler
    tags: work  living 
     
    He who knows syphilis knows medicine
    — William Osler
    tags: medicine 
     
    In the Mortality Bills, pneumonia is an easy second, to tuberculosis; indeed in many cities the death-rate is now higher and it has become, to use the phrase of Bunyan 'the captain of the men of death.'
    — William Osler
    tags: death  men 
     
    The future belongs to Science. More and more she will control the destinies of the nations. Already she has them in her crucible and on her balances.
    — William Osler
    tags: future  control  balance 
     
    The librarian of today, and it will be true still more of the librarians of tomorrow, are not fiery dragons interposed between the people and the books. They are useful public servants, who manage libraries in the interest of the public . . . Many still think that a great reader, or a writer of books, will make an excellent librarian. This is pure fallacy.
    — William Osler
    The great majority gave no signs one way or the other; like birth, their death was a sleep and a forgetting.
    — William Osler
    tags: death  sleep  birth  majority 
     
    That man can interrogate as well as observe nature was a lesson slowly learned in his evolution.
    — William Osler
    tags: nature  men  lessons  evolution 
     
    Fed on the dry husks of facts, the human heart has a hidden want which science cannot supply.
    — William Osler
    tags: heart  human  facts 
     
    Save the fleeting minute; learn gracefully to dodge the bore.
    — William Osler
    tags: learn 
     
    The only way to treat the common cold is with contempt.
    — William Osler
    Too many men slip early out of the habit of studious reading, and yet that is essential.
    — William Osler
    tags: men  reading 
     
    When schemes are laid in advance, it is surprising how often the circumstances will fit in with them.
    — William Osler
    No dreams, no visions, no delicious fantasies, no castles in the air, with which, as the old song so truly says, hearts are broken, heads are turned.
    — William Osler
    tags: fantasy  heart  broken  song  vision  dreams 
     
    Let each hour of the day have its allotted duty, and cultivate that power of concentration which grows with its exercise.
    — William Osler
    tags: power  exercise 
     
    The great minds, the great works transcend all limitations of time, of language, and of race, and the scholar can never feel initiated into the company of the elect until he can approach all of life's problems from the cosmopolitan standpoint.
    — William Osler
    tags: time  work  language  problem  mind  race  company 
     
    There is no more potent antidote to the corroding influence of mammon than the presence in the community of a body of men devoted to science, living for investigation and caring nothing for the lust of the eyes and the pride of life.
    — William Osler
    Throw away all ambition beyond that of doing the day's work well. The travelers on the road to success live in the present, heedless of taking thought for the morrow. Live neither in the past nor in the future, but let each day's work absorb your entire energies, and satisfy your wildest ambition.
    — William Osler
    Engrossed late and soon in professional cares, getting and spending, you may may so lay waste your powers that you may find, too late, with hearts given away, that t here is no place in your habit-stricken souls for those gentler influences which make your life worth living.
    — William Osler
    tags: heart  power  living  soul  influence  care  worth 
     
    To do today's work well and not to bother about tomorrow is the secret of accomplishment
    — William Osler
    tags: secret  work  tomorrow 
     
    The true poetry of life: the poetry of the commonplace, of the ordinary man, of the plain, toil-worn woman, with their loves and their joys, their sorrows and their griefs.
    — William Osler
    tags: men  women  joy  grief  sorrow  true  poetry 
     
    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.
    — William Osler
    tags: men  work  memory 
     
    Take the sum of human achievement in action, in science, in art, in literature subtract the work of the men above forty, and while we should miss great treasures, even priceless treasures, we would practically be where we are today ... The effective, moving, vitalizing work of the world is done between the ages of twenty-five and forty.
    — William Osler
    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.
    — William Osler
    tags: men  people  body  mind 
     
    Perhaps no sin so easily besets us as a sense of self-satisfied superiority to others.
    — William Osler
    tags: sin 
     
    The higher the standard of education in a profession, the less marked will be the charlatanism.
    — William Osler
    Even in populous districts, the practice of medicine is a lonely road which winds up-hill all the way and a man may easily go astray and never reach the Delectable Mountains unless he early finds those shepherd guides of whom Bunyan tells, Knowledge, Experience, Watchful, and Sincere.
    — William Osler
    tags: men  experience  medicine 
     
    What is patience but an equanimity which enables you to rise superior to the trials of life.
    — William Osler
    tags: patience 
     
    Without egotism and full of feeling, laughter is the music of life.
    — William Osler
    tags: laughter  music 
     
    It is not as if our homeopathic brothers are asleep: far from it, they are awake - many of them at any rate - to the importance of the scientific study of disease.
    — William Osler
    tags: awake 
     
    Laughter is the music of life.
    — William Osler
    tags: laughter  music 
     
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