William Osler

Sir William Osler, 1st Baronet (July 12, 1849 - December 29, 1919) was a Canadian physician

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Few diseases present greater difficulties in the way of diagnosis than malignant endocarditis, difficulties which in many cases are practi- cally insurmountable. It is no disparagement to the many skilled physicians who have put their cases upon record to say that, in fully one-half the diagnosis was made post mortem.
Half of us are blind, few of us feel, and we are all deaf.
In science the credit goes to the man who convinces the world, not to the man to whom the idea first occurs.
Live neither in the past nor in the future, but let each day's work absorb your entire energies, and satisfy your widest ambition.
Look wise say nothing and grunt, speech was given to conceal thought.
Look wise, say nothing, and grunt. Speech was given to conceal thought.
Medicine is a science of uncertainty and an art of probability.
One of the first duties of the physician is to educate the masses not to take medicine.
Shut out all of your past except that which will help you weather your tomorrows.
Study until twenty five, investigate until forty, profession until sixty, at which age I would have him retired on a double allowance.
The desire to take medicine is perhaps the greatest feature which distinguishes man from animals.
The greater the ignorance the greater the dogmatism.
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.
There is no more difficult art to acquire than the art of observation, and for some men it is quite as difficult to record an observation in brief and plain language.
To have striven, to have made the effort, to have been true to certain ideals -- this alone is worth the struggle.
We are here to add what we can to life, not to get what we can from it.
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.

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