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William Osler Quotes

Physician
Born On
1849-07-12
Died On
1919-12-29
Birth Place
Bradford West Gwillimbury, Canada
Birth Sign
cancer
Father
Featherstone Lake Osler
Mother
Ellen Free Picton
Spouse
Grace
Nationality
Canadian
Education
McGill University Faculty of Medicine, Trinity College, Toronto, Trinity College School
Physicians

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

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

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

William Osler

The greater the ignorance the greater the dogmatism.

William Osler

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

William Osler

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

William Osler

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

William Osler

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

The best preparation for tomorrow is to do today's work superbly well.

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

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

William Osler

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

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

William Osler

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

William Osler

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

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

William Osler