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Sir William Osler Quotes

(1849-1919), Canadian Physician

Study until twenty five, investigate until forty, profession until sixty, at which age I would have him retired on a double allowance.

Category: Age And Aging

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

Category: Doctors

The greater the ignorance the greater the dogmatism.

Category: Ignorance

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

Category: Instinct

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.

Category: Laughter

We are here to add what we can to life, not to get what we can from it.

Category: Life And Living

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.

Category: Life And Living

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

Category: Medicine

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

Category: Medicine

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

Category: Perseverance

When schemes are laid in advance, it is surprising how often the circumstances will fit in with them.

Category: Planning

Half of us are blind, few of us feel, and we are all deaf.

Category: Senses

Look wise say nothing and grunt, speech was given to conceal thought.

Category: Speakers And Speaking

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

Category: Students

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.

Category: Work