There are no straight backs, no symmetrical faces, many wry noses, and no even legs. We are a crooked and perverse generation.
One finger in the throat and one in the rectum makes a good diagnostician.
Now the way of life that I preach is a habit to be acquired gradually by long and steady repetition. It is the practice of living for the day only, and for the day's work.
It cannot be too often or too forcibly brought home to us that the hope of the profession is with the men who do its daily work in general practice.
To confess ignorance is often wiser than to beat about the bush with a hypothetical diagnosis.
The greater the ignorance the greater the dogmatism
The successful teacher is no longer on a height, pumping knowledge at high pressure into passive receptacles.
For the general practitioner a well-used library is one of the few correctives of the premature senility which is so apt to take him.
Start at once a bedside library and spend the last half hour of the day in communion with the saints of humanity.
The natural man has only two primal passions, to get and to beget.
We are here to add what we can to life, not to get what we can from it.
The value of experience is not in seeing much, but in seeing wisely.
What is the student but a lover courting a fickle mistress who ever eludes his grasp
It is much simpler to buy books than to read them and easier to read them than to absorb their contents.
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.
The very first step towards success in any occupation is to become interested in it.
The future is today.
Look wise, say nothing, and grunt. Speech was given to conceal thought.
Avoid wine and women -- choose a freckly-faced girl for a wife they are invariably more amiable.
Nothing in life is more wonderful than faith.
Things cannot always go your way. Learn to accept in silence the minor aggravations, cultivate the gift of taciturnity and consume your own smoke with an extra draught of hard work, so that those about you may not be annoyed with the dust and soot of your complaint.
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.
The philosophies of one age have become the absurdities of the next, and the foolishness of yesterday has become the wisdom of tomorrow.
Without egotism and full of feeling, laughter is the music of life.
It is strange how the memory of a man may float to posterity on what he would have himself regarded as the most trifling of his works.