William Osler

Sir William Osler, 1st Baronet (July 12, 1849 December 29, 1919) was a Canadian physician. He has been called one of the greatest icons of modern medicine.
Found 20 thoughts of William Osler

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.

William Osler

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

William Osler

Study until 25, investigate until 40, profession until 60, at which age I would have him retired on a double allowance.

William Osler

The desire to take medicine is perhaps the greatest feature which distinguishes man from animals.

William Osler

The future is today.

William Osler

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

William Osler

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

William Osler

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

William Osler

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

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

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

William Osler

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

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 young physician starts life with 20 drugs for each disease, and the old physician ends life with one drug for 20 diseases.

William Osler

The natural man has only two primal passions, to get and to beget.

William Osler

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

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

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

William Osler

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

William Osler

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

William Osler