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    Sir William Osler Quotes

    British (Canadian-born) physician

    Quotes by Sir William Osler

    • Look wise, say nothing, and grunt. Speech was given to conceal thought.
    • Shut out all of your past except that which will help you weather your tomorrows.
    • The greater the ignorance the greater the dogmatism.
    • To study the phenomenon of disease without books is to sail an uncharted sea, while to study books without patients is not to go to sea at all.
    • One of the first duties of the physician is to educate the masses not to take medicine.
      Aphorisms from his Bedside Teachings (1961) p. 105
    • The desire to take medicine is perhaps the greatest feature which distinguishes man from animals.
      In H. Cushing, Life of Sir William Osler (1925)
    • Live neither in the past nor in the future, but let each day's work absorb your entire energies, and satisfy your widest ambition.
      to his students
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