William Osler Quotes

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Born: July 12, 1849, Bradford West Gwillimbury, Canda
Birth Country: Canada
Died: Oxford, England, December 29, 1919
Occupation: Physician

In seeking absolute truth we aim at the unattainable and must be content with broken portions.
- William Osler

Medicine is a science of uncertainty and an art of probability.
- William Osler

No bubble is so iridescent or floats longer than that blown by the successful teacher.
- William Osler

No human being is constituted to know the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth and even the best of men must be content with fragments, with partial glimpses, never the full fruition.
- William Osler

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.
- William Osler

Soap and water and common sense are the best disinfectants.
- William Osler

The future is today.
- William Osler

The good physician treats the disease the great physician treats the patient who has the disease.
- William Osler

The philosophies of one age have become the absurdities of the next, and the foolishness of yesterday has become the wisdom of tomorrow.
- William Osler

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

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

There are, in truth, no specialties in medicine, since to know fully many of the most important diseases a man must be familiar with their manifestations in many organs.
- 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

We are here to add what we can to life, not to get what we can from life.
- William Osler

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