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Be Interested

Selected Quotes from Sir William Osler (1849-1919)

“The very first step towards success in any occupation is to become interested in it.”

“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."

“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.”

“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.”

“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.”

“It is much simpler to buy books than to read them and easier to read them than to absorb their contents.”

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

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

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

“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.”

“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.”

“The greater the ignorance the greater the dogmatism.”

“To know what has to be done, and to do it, comprises the whole philosophy of practical life.”

“The good physician treats the disease; the great physician treats the patient who has the disease.”

“The future is today.”

“The best preparation for tomorrow is to do today’s work superbly well.”

“Soap and water and common sense are the best disinfectants.”

“The value of experience is not in seeing much, but in seeing wisely.”

“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.”

“The higher the standard of education in a profession, the less marked will be the charlatanism.”

“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.”

“Nothing in life is more wonderful than faith – the one great moving force which we can neither weigh in the balance nor test in the crucible.”

“We are constantly misled by the ease with which our minds fall into the ruts of one or two experiences.”

“The successful teacher is no longer on a height, pumping knowledge at high pressure into passive receptacles.”

“The search for static security – in the law and elsewhere – is misguided. The fact is security can only be achieved through constant change, adapting old ideas that have outlived their usefulness to current facts.”

“In science the credit goes to the man who convinces the world, not to the man to whom the idea first occurs.”

“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 complaint."

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