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Words & Thoughts

by which to Live . . .

by which to Nurse . . .

You can't have a better tomorrow if you are thinking about yesterday all the time.
Charles P. Kettering suggested by
Robert C. Knies, Jr., RN, MSN, CEN ENW''s Section Editor for Research

We are all faced with a series of great opportunities brilliantly disguised as unsolvable problems.
John W. Gardner  suggested by
Robert C. Knies, Jr., RN, MSN, CEN ENW''s Section Editor for Research

I cannot say whether things will get better if we change; what I can say is they must change if they are to get better.
G. C. Lichtenberg  suggested by
Robert C. Knies, Jr., RN, MSN, CEN ENW''s Section Editor for Research

If we don't change, we don't grow. If we don't grow, we aren't really living.
Gail Sheehy  suggested by
Robert C. Knies, Jr., RN, MSN, CEN ENW''s Section Editor for Research

Leadership is not magnetic personality--that can just as well be glib tongue.
It is not 'making friends and influencing people'  --that is flattery.
Leadership is lifting a person's vision to higher sights,
the raising of a person's performance to a higher standard,
the building of a personality beyond its normal limitations.
Peter Drucker  suggested by
Robert C. Knies, Jr., RN, MSN, CEN ENW''s Section Editor for Research

Age is a very high price to pay for maturity.
Mark Twain  suggested by
Robert C. Knies, Jr., RN, MSN, CEN ENW''s Section Editor for Research

Tact is the art of making a point without making an enemy.

A man has only two things: dreams and courage.
Gutzon Borglum

Friend - One who knows all about you and likes you just the same.

From what we get, we can make a living; what we give, however, makes a life.
Arthur Ashe

"But do not despise the lore that has come down from distant years; for oft it may chance that old wives keep in memory word of things that once were needful for the wise to know"
J.R.R. Tolkien

A sweater is a garment worn by a child when his mother feels chilly.

A note of music gains significance from the silence on either side.
Anne Morrow Lindberg

While one person hesitates because he feels inferior, another is busy making mistakes and becoming superior.
Henry C. Link

Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions.
Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.
Mark Twain

Personally I'm always ready to learn, although I do not always like being taught.
Winston Churchill

When a man is wrapped up in himself he makes a pretty small package.
John Ruskin

Don't mistake pleasure for happiness. They're a different breed of dog.
Josh Billings

Curiosity is a lust of the mind.
Thomas Hobbes

Neither genius, fame, nor love show the greatness of the soul. Only kindness can do that.
Jean Baptiste Henri Lacordaire

Honesty is praised and starves
Juvenal, "Satire" I, line 74

The ill and unfitting choice of words wonderfully obstructs the understanding.
Francis Bacon

Take the time to do it right and you won't have to find the time to do it over.
Michael Seaver, RN, EMT

The bottom line is that they are a pain in the butt, yet it is part of the specialty. Talk to all of the ED and private attendings involved to come up with a common approach to the problem. And, oh yeah, if he ever comes back again, treat him like every body else. Eventually, even crazy, belligerent, sociopathic people get sick. Reminds me of an old axiom. "What do crazy people die from? The same thing everybody else dies from." Food for thought.

Stephen A. Pulley, D.O., FACOEP [email protected]
Assistant Director and ALS Medical Director Department of Emergency Medicine
Delaware County Memorial Hospital
Faculty Albert Einstein Medical Center Emergency Medicine Residency

To be good is noble; but to show others how to be good is nobler, and no trouble.
Mark Twain

Truth is one forever absolute, but opinion is truth filtered through the moods, the blood, the disposition of the spectator.
Wendell Phillips (1811-1884) Idols [October 4, 1859]

What I do today is important because I am paying a day of my life for it.
What I accomplish must be worthwhile because the price is high.
David Crippen, MD, FCCM

The surest sign that intelligent life exists elsewhere in the universe is that it has never tried to contact us.
Calvin and Hobbes (Bill Watterson)

The difference between intelligence and education is this- that intelligence will make you a good living.
Charles Kettering (1876-1958)

No one in this world, so far as I know, ...has ever lost money by underestimating the intelligence of the great masses of the plain people.
H.L. Mencken (1880-1956)

They tell us absolutely nothing about intelligence elsewhere in the universe, but they do prove how rare it is on earth.
Arthur C. Clarke has observed of Unidentified Flying Objects

Imagination is intelligence having fun.

I much prefer the sharpest criticism of a single intelligent man to the thoughtless approval of the masses.
Johann Kepler

Man is a slow, sloppy and brilliant thinker; the machine is fast, accurate and stupid.
William M. Kelly

Many highly intelligent people are poor thinkers. Many people of average intelligence are skilled thinkers. The power of a car is separate from the way the car is driven.
Edward de Bono

If it felt good saying it to a supervisor, it was the wrong thing to say.
Jason Whaley, NREMT-B
[email protected]
Medical University of South Carolina - PA Program [email protected]
Charleston County Fire Rescue


Critics are like eunuchs in a harem: they know how it's done, they've seen it done every day, but they're unable to do it themselves. Brendan Behan

A hurricane is an eviction notice from God.
Carl Hiassen

That life is worth living is the most necessary of assumptions, and were it not assumed, the most impossible of conclusions.
George Santayana

Good ideas are not adopted automatically. They must be driven into practice with courageous patience.
Admiral Hyman Rickover

Do what thy manhood bids thee do: From none but self expect applause. He noblest lives and noblest dies, who makes and keeps his self-made laws.
Sir Richard Francis Burton

Life is a series of collisions with the future; it is not the sum of what we have been, but what we yearn to be.
Jose Ortega y Gasset

Quarrels would not last long if the fault were only on one side.
Francois de La Rochefoucauld

Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgment that something else is more important than fear.
Ambrose Redmoon

As a computer science instructor once told me: Know the rules. Know when to break them. Be consistent...

Hugh D. Greenbaum, BS, EMT-1
Systems Engineer Hughes Aircraft Co.
"What does this button do? <BOOM!

Use your health, even to the point of wearing it out. That is what it is for. Spend all you have before you die and do not outlive yourself.
Preface "The Doctor's Dilemma"

Andrew [email protected] said:
"Most of us are broad minded enough to admit there are two sides to every question - our own side, and the side that no intelligent, informed, sane and self respecting person could possibly hold"

There are only two lasting bequests we can hope to give our children.
One of these is roots, the other, wings.
Hodding Carter

In the field of observation, chance favors the prepared mind.
Louis Pasteur

Do you know what a pessimist is? A person who thinks everybody as nasty as himself, and hates them for it.
George Bernard Shaw

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.
Margaret Mead

Make it compulsory for a doctor using a brass plate to have inscribed on it, in addition to the letters indicating his qualifications, the words "Remember that I too am mortal"
The Doctor's Dilemma"

"Dying," said Fred Hollows, "is something you never live to regret."

[quoted by Malcolm Fisher,
Intensive Care Unit PH 61/2/99268656
Royal North Shore Hospital of Sydney Fax 61/2/4398418
St Leonards,NSW,2065 Australia]

The walls of books around him, dense with the past, formed a kind of insulation against the present world and its disasters.
Ross MacDonald

Wise men talk because they have something to say. Fools talk because they have to say something.

In great matters men show themselves as they wish to be seen; in small matters, as they are.
Gamaliel Bradford

Despise not a small wound, a poor kinsman, or a humble enemy
English Proverb

"But do not dispise the lore that has come down from distant years; for oft it may chance that old wives keep in memory word of things that once were needful for the wise to know."
J.R.R. Tolkien

Jerry Fandel EMT-P

Reality can destroy the dream; why shouldn't the dream destroy reality?
George Moore

When we can't dream any longer we die.
Emma Goldman (1869-1940)

He hath awakened from the dream of life.
Percy Bysshe Shelley 1792-1822
Adonais [1821], st. 39

The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.
Eleanor Roosevelt (1884-1962)

The function of dreams is to teach the waking mind how to forget what it thinks it knows but doesn't.
William R. Stimson

Dream lofty dreams, and as you dream, so shall you become. Your vision is the promise of what you shall one day be.
James Allen

Those who have compared our life to a dream were right...We sleeping wake, and waking sleep.
Michel Eyquem de Montaigne (1553-1592)|Essays, bk. II [1580], ch. 12

Hold fast to dreams,
For if dreams die,
Life is a broken-winged bird,
That cannot fly.
Langston Hughes

What happens to a dream deferred?
Does it dry up
like a raisin in the sun?...
Or does it explode?
Langston Hughes (1902-1967)
Harlem [1951]

In bed my real love has always been the sleep that rescued me by allowing me to dream.
Luigi Pirandello (1867-1936)

One of the characteristics of the dream is that nothing surprises us in it. With no regret, we agree to live in it with strangers, completely cut off from our habits and friends.
Jean Cocteau (1891-1963)

The dream is the small hidden door in the deepest and most intimate sanctum of the soul, which opens into that primeval cosmic night that was soul long before there was a conscious ego and will be soul far beyond what a conscious ego could ever reach.
Carl Gustav Jung (1875-1961)
From Psychological Reflections:
A Jung Anthology[1953], p. 46: vol. 10,
The Meaning of Psychology for Modern Man [1934]

Dreams surely are difficult, confusing, and not everything in them is brought to pass for mankind. For fleeting dreams have two gates: one is fashioned of horn and one of ivory. Those which pass through the one of sawn ivory are deceptive, bringing tidings which come to nought, but those which issue from the one of polished horn bring true results when a mortal sees them.
Homer (c. B.C. 700)
The Odyssey, bk. XIX, l. 560

Live truth instead of professing it.
Elbert Hubbard (1856-1915)

Adversity is the first path to Truth.
Lord Byron (1788-1824)

The gulf between knowledge and truth is infinite.
Henry Miller (1891-1980)

Love truth but pardon error.
Voltaire (1694-1778)

We are more likely to reach the truth through error than through confusion.
Francis Bacon (1561-1626)

There is no worse lie than a truth misunderstood by those who hear it.
William James (1842-1910)
Varieties of Religious Experience

One lie does not cost you one truth, but the truth.
Friedrich Hebbel

Most of the change we think we see in life is due to truths being in and out of favor.
Robert Frost (1874-1963)

It is astonishing what force, purity, and wisdom it requires for a human being to keep clear of falsehoods.
Margaret Fuller

Nature understands no jesting. She is always true, always serious, always severe. She is always right, and the errors are always those of man.
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832)

Truth, Sir, is a cow, which will yield such people [sceptics] no more milk, and so they are gone to milk the bull.
Dr. Samuel Johnson (1709-1784) in 21 July 1763

If you tell the truth, you have infinite power supporting you; but if not, you have infinite power against you.
Charles Gordon

The belief that there is only one truth and that oneself is in possession of it seems to me the deepest root of all evil that is in the world.
Max Born

We all know that Art is not truth. Art is a lie that makes us realize truth, at least the truth that is given us to understand.
Pablo Picasso (1881-1973)

Art is not a study of positive reality, it is the seeking for ideal truth.
George Sand (1804-1876)

I believe it is an established maxim in morals that he who makes an assertion without knowing whether it is true or false is guilty of falsehood, and the accidental truth of the assertion does not justify or excuse him.
Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865)

The very purpose of the First Amendment is to foreclose public authority from assuming a guardianship of the public mind. ... In this field every person must be his own watchman for the truth, because the forefathers did not trust any government to separate the truth from the false for us.
...Thomas v Collins, 323 U.S. 516 (1945)

Honesty is the best policy.
Miguel Cervantes (1547-1616)

Truth is always straightforward.
Sophocles (B.C. 495-406)

Everything that is possible to be believed is an image of the truth.
William Blake (1757-1828)

Truth is so great a perfection, that if God would render himself visible to men, he would choose light for his body and truth for his soul.
Pythagoras (B.C. 582-507)

The truth is often a terrible weapon of aggression. It is possible to lie, and even to murder, with the truth.
Alfred Adler

The high minded man must care more for the truth than for what people think.
Aristotle (384-322 BC)

No pleasure is comparable to the standing upon the vantage ground of Truth.
Francis Bacon (1561-1626)

For truth is precious and divine; Too rich a pearl for carnal swine.
Samuel Butler (1835-1902)

Truth is a gem that is found at a great depth; whilst on the surface of this world, all things are weighed by the false scale of custom.
Lord Byron (1788-1824)

Truth may be stretched, but cannot be broken, and always gets above falsehood, as oil does above water.
Miguel Cervantes (1547-1616)

Truth obtains victory, not untruth.
Truth is the way that leads to the regions of light.
Upanishads (c. B.C. 800)

The first duty of a lecturer: to hand you after an hour's discourse a nugget of pure truth to wrap up between the pages of your notebooks, and keep on the mantelpiece forever.
Virginia Woolf (1882-1941)

        There are and can be only two ways of searching into and discovering truth. The one flies from the senses and particulars to the most general axioms...this way is now in fashion. The other derives axioms from the senses and particulars, rising by a gradual and unbroken ascent, so that it arrives at the most general axioms last of all. This is the true way, but as yet untried.
Francis Bacon (1561-1626)
Novum Organum [1620]

        [T]he truth has to fight constantly for its life! ... [An idea] will have to be rephrased and reprinted many times, often by many different people, before it has any chance of taking hold. This is upsetting to an idealist like me, someone more disposed to believe in the notion of a monolithic and absolute truth that in the notion of a pluralistic and relative truth (a notion championed by a certain school of anthropologists and sociologists, who un-self-consciously insist "all systems of belief are equally valid", seemingly without realizing that this dogma of relativism not only is just a narrow-minded as any other dogma, but moreover is unbelievably wishy-washy!).

Douglas R. Hofstadter - "World Views in Collision"
Scientific American magazine (2/82),
reprinted in _Metamagical Themas_ (1985)

It's better to be an optimist and a fool than a pessimist and right.

The only thing one can do with good advice is to pass it on. It is never of any use to oneself.
Oscar Wilde

Time is a great teacher-- Unfortunately, it kills all of its pupils.
Hector Berlioz

More people would learn from their mistakes if they weren't so busy denying they made them.

Don't be afraid to take a big step. You can't cross a chasm in two small jumps.
David Lloyd George

The value of the average conversation could be enormously improved by the constant use of four simple words: "I do not know." Andre Maurois

Figures won't lie, but liars can figure.
Fletcher Knebel (1911- )

There are two kind of statistics, the kind you look up, and the kind you make up.
Rex Stout (1886-1975)

Statistics are like alienists - they will testify for either side.
Fiorello H. La Guardia (1882-1947)

Numbers are like people; torture them enough and they'll tell you anything.

There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics.
Benjamin Disraeli (1804-1881)

The weaker the data available upon which to base one's conclusion, the greater the precision which should be quoted in order to give the data authenticity.
Norman R. Augustine (1935- )
American author and chairman, Martin Marietta Corporation.

He uses statistics as a drunken man uses a lamp post - for support rather than for illumination.
Andrew Lang

I am one of the unpraised, unrewarded millions without whom statistics would be a bankrupt science. It is we who are born, who marry, who die, in constant ratio.
Logan Pearsall Smith (1865-1946)

Statistics are like a bikini - what they reveal is suggestive, but what they conceal is vital.
Aaron Levenstein

Testimonials may be more compelling than mountains of facts and figures (as mountains of facts and figures in social psychology so compellingly demonstrate).
Mark Snyder (1988)

There is no such thing as luck; only adequate and inadequate preparation to cope with the statistical universe.
Robert A. Heinlein (1907-1988)
Have Space Suit Will Travel c. 1958

49% of all statistics . . . are wrong.
Statistics Canada 1985

50% of the citizens of this country have a below average understanding of statistics.

49% of the U.S. population belongs to some minority group.

A statistician is someone who has his head in the oven and his feet in ice water and says, "On average, I feel fine."

Absence of thought is indeed a powerful factor in human affairs -statistically speaking the most powerful.
Hannah Arendt
Contributions to "The New Yorker" Nov 18, 1977

I always find that statistics are hard to swallow and impossible to digest. The only one I can ever remember is that if all the people who go to sleep in church were laid end to end they would be a lot more comfortable.
Mrs. Robert A. Taft
wife of American politician

Three statisticians are hunting together. They come upon a deer in a clearing. The first statistician raises his gun and fires. He misses the deer by a foot to the left. The second statistician quickly raises his gun to his shoulder and fires. He misses the deer by a foot to the right. The third statistician throws down his gun and yells, "WE GOT HIM!"

July 4. Statistics show that we lose more fools on this day than in all the other days of the year put together. This proves, by the number left in stock, that one fourth of July per year is now inadequate, the country has grown so.
Mark Twain (1835-1910) - Pudd'nhead Wilson, 1894

        In the space of one hundred and seventy-six years the Lower Mississippi has shortened itself two hundred and forty-two miles. That is an average of a trifle over one mile and a third per year. Therefore, any calm person, who is not blind or idiotic, can see that in the Old O\"olitic Silurian Period, just a million years ago next November, the Lower Mississippi River was upward of one million three hundred thousand miles long, and stuck out over the Gulf of Mexico like a fishing-rod. And by the same token any person can see that seven hundred and forty-two years from now the Lower Mississippi will be only a mile and three-quarters long, and Cairo and New Orleans will have joined their streets together, and be plodding comfortably along under a single mayor and a mutual board of aldermen. There is something fascinating about science. One gets such wholesale returns of conjecture out of such a trifling investment of fact.

Mark Twain (1835-1910), _Life on the Mississippi, 1874
in Darrell Huff, _How to Lie with Statistics, 1954.

A citizen of America will cross the ocean to fight for democracy, but won't cross the street to vote in a national election.
Bill Vaughan

If more politicians in this country were thinking about the next generation instead of the next election, it might be better for the United States and the world.
Claude Pepper,
quoted in the Orlando Sentinel-Star, December 29, 1946.

Democracy is a form of government that substitutes election by the incompetent many for appointment by the corrupt few.
George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)

Don't vote. It only encourages them.
Cheaper Food Stores bag, 1988

Voters don't decide issues, they decide who will decide the issues.
George F. Will (b. 1941)

We, the people, are not free. Our democracy is but a name. We vote? What does that mean? We choose between Tweedledum and Tweedledee.
Helen Keller (1880-1968)

It's not who votes. It's who counts the votes.
Joseph Stalin (1879-1953)

Politics is the gentle art of getting votes from the poor and campaign funds from the rich by promising to protect each from the other.
Oscar Ameringer

Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.

It takes two to speak the truth---one to talk and the other to listen.

Dare to be naive.
R. Buckminster Fuller

Fortune favors the bold.
Virgil (70-19 BC)

To win without risk is to triumph without glory.
Pierre Corneille

Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.
Robert F. Kennedy

He that will not sail till all dangers are over must never put to sea.
Thomas Fuller (1608-1661)

Better hazard once than always be in fear.
Thomas Fuller (1608-1661)

The policy of being too cautious is the greatest risk of all.
Jawaharlal Nehru (1889-1964)

He who doesn't risk never gets to drink champagne.
Russian saying

Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.
T.S. Eliot (1888-1965)

In the long run, we get no more than we have been willing to risk giving.
Sheldon B. Kopp [psychiatrist] (1929- )

When written in Chinese, the word "crisis" is composed of two characters.
One represents danger and the other represents opportunity.
John F. Kennedy (1917-1963)

I understand by "freedom of spirit" something quite definite - the unconditional will to say No, where it is dangerous to say No.
Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche (1844-1900)

Risk! Risk Anything! Care no more for the opinion of others, for those other voices. Do the hardest thing on earth for you. Act for yourself. Face the truth.
Katherine Mansfield

"Even when all the experts agree, they may well be mistaken."
Bertrand Russell, The Skeptical Essays (Allann and Unwin, London)

From [email protected] Mon Apr 29 17:09:54 1996

I like these quotes which David Jackson sent.

Carl Zwanzig: "Duct tape is like the Force. It has a light side, a dark side, and it holds the universe together...."

Douglas Adams: "There is a theory which states that if ever anybody discovers exactly what the Universe is for and why it is here, it will instantly disappear and be replaced by something even more bizarre and inexplicable. There is another theory which states that this has already happened."

Albert Einstein: "Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former."

Unknown: "Astronomers say the universe is finite, which is a comforting thought for those people who can't remember where they leave things."

Edward P. Tryon: "In answer to the question of why it happened, I offer the modest proposal that our Universe is simply one of those things which happen from time to time."

John Andrew Holmes: "It is well to remember that the entire universe, with one trifling exception, is composed of others."

Max Frisch: "Technology is a way of organizing the universe so that man doesn't have to experience it."

Kilgore Trout: "The universe is a big place, perhaps the biggest."

Douglas Adams: "In the beginning the Universe was created. This has made a lot of people very angry and been widely regarded as a bad move."

William J. Broad: "The crux... is that the vast majority of the mass of the universe seems to be missing."

Fred Hoyle: "There is a coherent plan in the universe, though I don't know what it's a plan for."

Ray Bradbury: "We are an impossibility in an impossible universe."

Christopher Morley: "My theology, briefly, is that the universe was dictated but not signed."

It's not the voting that's democracy, it's the counting.
Tom Stoppard (1937- )
Jumpers (1972) act 1


My only treasure is my reputation.
Simon Bolivar (1786-1830)

Reputations are made by searching for things that can't be done and doing them.
Frank Tyger

A good reputation is more valuable than money.
Publilius Syrus (c. 42 BC) - Maxims

A good name, like good will, is got by many actions and lost by one.
Lord Jeffery

It is a maxim with me that no man was ever written out of reputation but by himself.
Richard Bentley (1662-1742)

A good name is seldom regained. When character is gone, all is gone, and one of the richest jewels of life is lost forever.
J. Haves

Be it true or false, what is said about men often has as much influence upon their lives, and especially upon their destinies, as what they do.
Victor Hugo (1802-1885), Les Miserables

The prosecutor has more control over life, liberty, and reputation than any other person in America.
Robert J. Jackson (1892-1954)
U.S. Atorney General and U.S. Supreme court Justice
Quoted in the Washington Post, Aug. 26, 1990

Character assassination is at once easier and surer than physical assault; and it involves far less risk for the assassin.
Alan Barth (1906- )
The Loyalty of free men. [1951]

A man's name is not like a mantel which merely hangs about him, and which one perchance may safely twitch and pull, but a perfectly fitting garment, which, like the skin, has grown over him, at which one cannot rake and scrape without injuring the man himself.
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832)

Reputation, reputation, reputation!
Oh! I have lost my reputation. I have
lost the immortal part of myself,
and what remains is bestial.

William Shakespeare (1564-1616)
Othello (1602-4) act 2, sc. 3, l. [264]

There are two modes of establishing our reputation: to be praised by honest men, and to be abused by rogues. It is best, however, to secure the former, because it will invariably be accompanied by the latter.
Charles Caleb Colton

You need only reflect that one of the best ways to get yourself a reputation as a dangerous citizen these days is to go about repeating the very phrases which our founding fathers used in their struggle for independence.
C. A. Beard

Criticism is prejudice made plausible.
H.L. Mencken (1880-1956)

Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry and narrow-mindedness.
Mark Twain (1835-1910)

Education is the process of driving a set of prejudices down your throat.
Martin H. Fischer

I'm interested in the fact that the less secure a man is, the more likely he is to have extreme prejudice.
Clint Eastwood

In the dust where we have buried the silent races and their abominations we have buried so much of the delicate magic of life.
D. H. Lawrence (1885-1930)

The mind of a bigot is like the pupil of the eye; the more light you pour upon it, the more it will contract.
Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809-1894)

Prejudice is never easy unless it can pass itself off for reason.
William Hazlitt (1778-1830) On Prejudice, 1839

Even human nature can be corrected and set on the right path, for otherwise we should all drown in a sea of prejudices.
Fedor Mikhallovich Dostoevsky (1821-1881) Crime and Punishment

I never lecture, not because I am shy or a bad speaker, but simply because I detest the sort of people who go to lectures and don't want to meet them.
H.L. Mencken (1880-1956)

Have no fear of robbers or murderers. They are external dangers, petty dangers. We should fear ourselves. Prejudices are the real robbers; vices the real murderers. The great dangers are within us. Why worry about what threatens our heads or our purses? Let us think instead of what threatens our souls.
Victor Hugo (1802-1885), Les Miserables

The only tyrant I accept in this world is the still voice within.
Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948)

God Himself has no right to be a tyrant.
William Godwin (English minister, reformer, philosopher"
"Sketches in History" 1784

The mob is the mother of tyrants.
Diogenes the Cynic (412 to 323 B.C.)

Of all the tyrannies that affect mankind, tyranny in religion is the worst.
Thomas Paine (1737-1809)

Government is a dangerous servant and a terrible master.... remember you can lose freedom more quickly to yourselves than any other tyrant.
Robert A. Heinlein (1907 - 1988) The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress c 1966

The world is made up for the most part of morons and natural tyrants, sure of themselves, strong in their own opinions, never doubting anything.
Clarence Darrow (1857-1938)

Those who voluntarily put power into the hands of a tyrant or an enemy must not wonder if it be at last turned against themselves.
Aesop (620-560 BC)

The people always have some champion whom they set over them and nurse into greatness.... This and no other is the root from which tyranny springs.
Plato (428-348? BC), "The Republic"

Throughout the history of mankind there have been murderers and tyrants; and while it may seem momentarily that they have the upper hand, they have always fallen. Always.
Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948)

Once a government is committed to the principle of silencing the voice of the opposition, it has only one way to go, and that is down the path of increasingly repressive measures, until it becomes a source of terror to all its citizens and creates a country where everyone lives in fear.
Harry S Truman (1884-1972)

When democracy granted democratic methods to us in times of opposition, this was bound to happen in a democratic system. However, we National Socialists never asserted that we represented a democratic point of view, but we have declared openly that we used the democratic methods only to gain power and that, after assuming the power, we would deny to our adversaries without any consideration the means which were granted to us in times of our opposition.
Joseph Paul Goebbels (1897-1945)

The most important thing in communication is to hear what isn't being said.
Peter F. Drucker

The world is emblematic. Parts of speech are metaphors because the whole of nature is a metaphor of the human mind.
Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

To communicate, put your thoughts in order; give them a purpose; use them to persuade, to instruct, to discover, to seduce.
William Safire (b. 1929)
Reader's Digest

I know that you believe that you understood what you think I said, but I am not sure you realize that what you heard is not what I meant.
Robert McCloskey
U.S. State Department spokesman at one of his regular noon briefings during the worst days of the Vietnam War.
Marvin Kalb in TV Guide, Mar. 31, 1984.

The two words "information" and "communication" are often used interchangeably, but they signify quite different things. Information is giving out; communication is getting through.
Sydney J. Harris

The ability to speak is a short cut to distinction. It puts a man in the limelight, raises him head and shoulders above the crowd, and the man who can speak acceptably is usually given credit for an ability out of all proportion to what he really possesses.
Lowell Thomas (1892-1981)

If you your lips would keep from slips,
Five things observe with care;
To whom you speak, of whom you speak,
And how, and when, and where.
William E. Norris (1847-1925) Thirlby Hall

We rely upon the poets, the philosophers and the playwrights to articulate what most of us can only feel, in joy or sorrow. They illuminate the thoughts for which we only grope. They give us the strength and balm we cannot find in ourselves. Whenever I find my courage wavering I rush to them. They give me the wisdom of acceptance, the will and resilience to push on.
Helen Hayes

"I do not feel obliged to believe that the same God who endowed us with sense, reason and intellect has intended us to forego their use."

It is my ambition to say in ten sentences what others say in a whole book.
Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900)

The greatest good you can do for another is not just share your riches, but reveal to them their own.

Fear is a darkroom for developing negatives.

Bachelors should be heavily taxed. It is not fair that some men should be happier than others.
Oscar Wilde

Laziness is no more than the habit of resting before you get tired.
Jules Renard

I would rather be able to appreciate things I can not have than to have things I am not able to appreciate.
Elbert Hubbard

"Education makes a people easy to lead, but difficult to drive; easy to govern, but impossible to enslave."
Lord Brougham 1778-1868

Patriotism is your conviction that this country is superior to all others because you were born in it.
G.B. Shaw

Confidence is the feeling you have before you understand the situation.

A designer knows he has achieved perfection not when there is nothing left to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.
Antoine de Saint-Euxpery

He who knows others is wise. He who knows himself is enlightened.
Man is not the creature of circumstances. Circumstances are the creatures of men.
Benjamin Disraeli

There never was child so lovely but his mother was glad to get him asleep.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Complete possession is proved only by giving. All you are unable to give possesses you.
Andre Gide

If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put foundations under them.

Success is the ability to go from failure to failure without losing your enthusiasm.
Winston Churchill

Dost thou love life? Then do not squander time, for that is the stuff life is made of.
Benjamin Franklin

Change babies and politicians frequently -- for the same reason.

Once you have flown, you will walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward; for there you have been, there you long to return.
Da Vinci

A thick head can do as much damage as a hard heart.
H.W. Dodds

A man is a critic when he cannot be an artist, in the same way that a man becomes an informer when he cannot be a soldier.
Gustave Flaubert

No matter how old a mother is she watches her middle-aged children for signs of improvement.
Florida Scott-Maxwell

Journalism is merely history's first draft.
Geoffrey C. Ward

Love does not consist in gazing at each other, but in looking outward together in the same direction.Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Education ... has produced a vast population able to read but unable to distinguish what is worth reading.
G.M. Trevelyan

If you can't be replaced, you can't be promoted.

Intensive Care is like the withdrawal method of contraception. Best used early and certainly before physiology is irreversible.
Dermot McKeown
Edinburgh Royal Infirmary ICU

A new idea is delicate. It can be killed by a sneer or a yawn; it can be stabbed to death by a joke or worried to death by a frown on the right person's brow.
Charles Brower

An adventure is only an inconvenience rightly considered. An inconvenience is only an adventure wrongly considered.
G. K. Chesterton
[quoted from James Munus, MD, Neuroanesthesia Handbook The Cleveland Clinic  [http://www.anes.ccf.org:8080/pilot/neuro/notes/hnn7.htm]

"Heroism on command, senseless violence, and all the loathsome nonsense that goes by the name of patriotism -- how passionately I hate them!"
Albert Einstein

What we hope ever to do with ease, we must learn first to do with diligence.
Samuel Johnson

Thought is the labour of the intellect, reverie is its pleasure.
Victor Hugo

Our greatest glory is not in never failing, but in rising up every time we fail.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Conscience is the inner voice warning us that someone may be looking.
H.L. Mencken

The louder he talks of honour, the faster we count our spoons.

God respects us when we work and loves us when we sing.

Support the strong, give courage to the timid, remind the indifferent, and warn the opposed.
Whitney M. Young

Some people would not recognize subtlety if it hit them on the head.

A liberal is a man too broad-minded to take his own side in a quarrel.
Robert Frost

(quoted in CCM-L by Chris Junker Date: Thu, 5 Dec 1996)

Restlessness and discontent are the first necessities of progress.
Thomas A. Edison

I do not believe that any man fears to be dead, but only the stroke of death.
Francis Bacon

Hemorrhage is the only defense of an anesthetized patient against an incompetent surgeon

Man's mind stretched to a new idea never goes back to its original dimensions.
Oliver Wendell Holmes

The most valuable of all talents is that of never using two words when one will do.
Thomas Jefferson

Expecting the world to treat you fairly because you are a good person is a little like expecting the bull not to attack you because you are a vegetarian.
Dennis Wholey

Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.
Leo Tolstoy

He who opens a school door, closes a prison.
Victor Hugo (1802-1885)

Skeptical scrutiny is the means, in both science and religion, by which deep insights can be winnowed from deep nonsense.
Carl Sagan (1934-1996)

We sometimes pretend something is true not because there's evidence for it but because we want it to be true, we confuse reality with our hopes and fears.
Carl Sagan (1934-1996)

The old believe everything, the middle-aged suspect everything, the young know everything.
Oscar Wilde

Being defeated is often a temporary condition. Giving up is what makes it permanent.
Marilyn vos Savant

If we encounter a man of rare intellect, we should ask him what books he reads.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

A musician must make music, an artist must paint, a poet must write, if he is to be ultimately at peace with himself. What one can be, one must be.
Abraham Maslow

You must allow people to be right, because it consoles them for not being anything else.
Andre' Gide

The highest reward for a person's toil is not what they get for it, but what they become by it.
John Ruskin

It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare, it is because we do not dare that they are difficult.

All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

Never tell people how to do things. Tell them what to do and they will surprise you with their ingenuity.
General George S. Patton, Jr.

This is the final test of the gentleman: his respect for those who can be of no possible service to him.
William Lyon Phelps

Be the master of your will and the slave of your conscience.
Hasidic saying

Life is not a static thing. The only people who do not change their minds are incompetents in asylums, who can't are those in cemeteries.
Everett Dirksen

Whoever undertakes to set himself up as a judge of Truth and Knowledge is shipwrecked by the laughter of the gods.
Albert Einstein

Half of the harm that is done in this world is due to people who want to feel important. They don't mean to do harm but the harm does not interest them.
T.S. Eliot

Whoever controls the language, the images, controls the race.
Allen Ginzberg

It is not only for what we do that we are held responsible, but also for what we do not do.

Always bear in mind that your own resolution to success is more important than any other one thing.
Abraham Lincoln

Great works are performed not by strength, but perseverance.
Samuel Johnson

It has been said, "A tracheostomy is a bleeding, infected hole in the neck: --no more, and no less.
Loren D. Nelson, MD
Department of Surgical Education
Orlando Regional Healthcare System
Orlando, Florida 32806

It must be considered that there is nothing more difficult to carry out, nor more dangerous to handle, nor more doubtful of success, than to initiate a new order of things. For the reformer has enemies in all those who profit by the old order, and only lukewarm defenders in all those who would profit by the new order, this placitude arising partly from fear of their adversaries, who have the laws in their favor; and partly from the incredulity of mankind, who do not truly believe in anything new until they have had actual experience of it.
Niccolo Machiavelli

David Ryon, MD
Critical Care Medicine
Pulmonary Medicine
Melbourne, Florida 32901

What sculpture is to a block of marble, education is to an human soul.
Joseph Addison (1672-1719), English essayist.
Spectator, no. 215 (London, 6 Nov. 1711).

From http://www.worldortho.com/database.html

Don't let your clinical impression get in the way of the facts.
Joseph Civetta, M.D.

Nicholas Namias, M.D.
Assistant Professor of Surgery TK Glenn Building Emory University School of Medicine 69 Butler St. SE Atlanta GA 30303 404-616-3552

There's a fine line between genius and insanity. I have erased this line.
Oscar Levant

The punishment which the wise suffer who refuse to take part in the government, is to live under the government of worse men.

SMART is when you believe only half of what you hear. BRILLIANT is when you know which half to believe.
Donni Toth, RN, MS Informatics/Occupational Health Nursing University of Utah 608 11th Avenue, Salt Lake City, UT 84103 Phone: (801)363-0847 e-mail:

Let us so live that when we come to die even the undertaker will be sorry.
Mark Twain

These days people seek knowledge, not wisdom. Knowledge is of the past, wisdom is of the future.
Vernon Cooper

A great many people mistake opinions for thoughts.
Herbert V. Prochnow

Attitude by Charles Swindoll

    "The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life. Attitude, to me, is more important than facts. It is more important than the past, than education, than money, than circumstances, than failures, than successes, than what other people think or say or do. It is more important than appearance, giftedness, or skill. It will make or break a company, a church, a home. The remarkable thing is we have a choice every day regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day. We cannot change our past? we cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude? I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I react to it. And so it is with you. We are in charge of our Attitudes".

Date: Sun, 6 Apr 1997 23:31:21 -0400 From: Ron Blaul
"When in charge - Ponder, When in trouble - Delegate, When in doubt -Mumble".

There are two kinds of men who never amount to much: those who cannot do what they are told, and those who can do nothing else.
Cyrus Curtis

The mind is its own place, and in itself, can make heaven of Hell, and a hell of Heaven.
John Milton

"The death of democracy is not likely to be assassination from ambush.
It will be a slow extinction from apathy, indifference, and undernourishment."
Robert M. Hutchins, Great Books (1954)

"The point to remember is that what the government gives, it must first take away."
John S. Coleman, Address to Detroit Chamber of Commerce

"Doing for people what they can and ought to do for themselves is a dangerous experiment. In the last analysis the welfare of the workers depends upon their own private initiative."
Samuel Gompers, President of the AFL 1886 - 1924

"Despite all our accomplishments, we owe our existence to a six-inch layer of topsoil and the fact it rains."
Today's American farmer

Remember, life is not what happens to you but what you make of what happens to you. Everyone dies, but not everyone fully lives. Too many people are having "near-life experiences.

Thought is the blossom; language the bud; action the fruit behind it.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

The public easily confuses people who fish in murky waters with those who draw from deep wells.
Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche

May your sword always be within reach and may your Foe's skill and luck be less than your own.
Debbie Douglass [email protected] Systems Administrator

After you have consulted with many people about what you ought to do, consult with very few about what you are going to do
Niccolo Machiavelli (1469-1527)

A professional is someone who can do his best work when he doesn't feel like it.
Alistair Cooke

The young wish to give their elders the full benefits of their inexperience.

Mothers all want their sons to grow up to be president but they don't want them to become politicians in the process.
John F. Kennedy

The truth is a precious commodity. That's why I use it so sparingly.
Mark Twain

It usually takes me more than three weeks to prepare a good impromptu speech.
Mark Twain

Men are apt to mistake the strength of their feeling for the strength of their argument. The heated mind resents the chill touch and relentless scrutiny of logic.
William E. Gladstone

He that knows little often repeats it.
Thomas Fuller

My grandfather once told me that there were two kinds of people: those who do the work and those who take the credit.
He told me to try to be in the first group; there was much less competition.
Indira Gandhi

It is the first of all problems for a man to find out what kind of work he is to do in this universe.
Thomas Carlyle

[As a PA a good share of my first semester in training stressed "team approach" to medical care. It makes up a fair piece of the socialization process for a new PA student.]
The model that emerged for me was not one of a ladder but one of a scaffold. Ladders have narrow places to stand with room for only one at a time. A scaffold holds us all up together were we can work on a problem jointly.
Paul S. Robinson

Most of our so-called reasoning consists in finding arguments for going on believing as we already do.
James Robinson

Nurture your minds with great thoughts. To believe in the heroic makes heroes.
Benjamin Disraeli

A man's first care should be to avoid the reproaches of his own heart, his next to escape the censures of the world.
English Proverb

To get something done, a committee should consist of no more than three men, two of whom are absent.
Robert Copeland

Some men are just as sure of the truth of their opinions as are others of what they know.

Failures are divided into two classes- those who thought and never did, and those who did and never thought.
John Charles Salak

No man is a hero to his valet.
Anne Bigot Cornuel

You cannot depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus.
Mark Twain

Date: Sun, 27 Jul 1997 03:55:48 -0600
From: "Eric B. Richardson" [email protected]

# Eric B. Richardson, Emergency medicine resident, Detroit, MI #

        "I have three treasures which I hold and keep. The first is mercy; the second is economy; the third is daring not to be ahead of others. From mercy comes courage; from economy comes generosity; From humility comes leadership. Nowadays men shun mercy, but try to be brave; they abandon economy, but try to be generous; they do not believe in humility, but always try to be first...Mercy brings victory in battle and strength in defense. It is the means by which heaven saves and guards."
Lao Tsu, Tao Te Ching, verse 67

Date: Sun, 27 Jul 1997 14:04:04 -0500
From: "Paul S. Robinson" [email protected]

And Dr. Conover noted and quoted;
    "If a person (a) is poorly, (b) receives treatment intended to make him better, and (c) gets better, then no power of reasoning known to medical science can convince him that it may not have been the treatment that restored his health."
Sir Peter Medawar, in The Art of the Soluble

A pompous physician is the plaintiff's lawyer's best friend.
Gene Gandy, JD, EMT-P

Lawyers have a special ability to sense one part money in one billion parts sanctimony.
Gene Gandy, JD, EMT-P

Man is the only animal that can remain on friendly terms with the victims he intends to eat until he eats them.
Samuel Butler

God gave us memories so that we might have roses in December.
James M. Barrie

If a little knowledge is dangerous, where is the man who has so much as to be out of danger?
Thomas Henry Huxley

The worth of a book is to be measured by what you can carry away from it.
James Bryce

Never attribute to maliciousness what can be adequately explained by stupidity.
Mark Twain

The large print giveth, and the small print taketh away.
Tom Waits

The primary duty of the University to a student is to provide him with such instructors as will make him realize that the responsibility for progress is his own and no one else's.
S.E.Whitehall, 1933

The moment of victory is much too short to live for that and nothing else.
Martina Navratilova

Accustom[ed?] to the veneer of noise, to the shibboleths of promotion, public relations, and market research, society is suspicious of those who value silence.
John Lahr

If you judge, investigate.

Destiny: A tyrant's authority for crime and a fool's excuse for failure.
Ambrose Bierce

Live in such a way that you would not be ashamed to sell your parrot to the town gossip.
Will Rogers

Beware of small expenses; a small leak will sink a great ship.
Benjamin Franklin

If you consult enough experts, you can confirm any opinion.

One will rarely err if extreme actions be ascribed to vanity, ordinary actions to habit, and mean actions to fear.
Friedrich Nietzsche

We are all ignorant, only in different ways, and no one is as ignorant as an educated man outside his own field.
Will Rogers

If you want to get rid of somebody, just tell them something for their own good.
Kin Hubbard

As you grow older, you'll find the only things you regret are the things you didn't do.
Zachary Scott

An expert is a person who avoids small error as he sweeps on to the grand fallacy
Benjamin Stolberg

An unarmed man can only flee from evil, and evil is not overcome by fleeing from it.
Col. Jeff Cooper

        "The care of every man's soul belongs to himself. But what if he neglect the care of it? Well what if he neglect the care of his health or his estate, which would more nearly relate to the state. Will the magistrate make a law that he not be poor or sick? Laws provide against injury from others; but not from ourselves. God himself will not save men against their wills."
Thomas Jefferson; October 1776

Follow those who seek the truth! Flee from those who've found it!

Children have never been very good at listening to their elders, but they have never failed to imitate them.
James Baldwin

The really efficient laborer will be found not to crowd his day with work, but will saunter to his task surrounded by a wide halo of ease and leisure.
Henry David Thoreau

I like to do all the talking myself. It saves time and prevents arguments.
Oscar Wilde

When we ask advice, we are usually looking for an accomplice.
Marquis de la Grange

It is in vain to hope to please all alike. Let a man stand with his face in what direction he will, he must necessarily turn his back on one half of the world.
George Dennison Prentice

In every work of genius we recognize our own rejected thoughts: they come back to us with a certain alienated majesty.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Truth, like gold, is to be obtained not by its growth, but by washing away from it all that is not gold.
Leo Tolstoy

An idea is not responsible for the people who believe in it.

From: Dennis Hudson, R.N.
Subject: RE: protocols-dogma
Date: Mon, 17 Nov 1997 11:34:44 -0600

        I once saw three brothers juggling knives and cleavers amongst themselves. It rather reminded me of a good trauma team. Each one knew what he was supposed to do, and when. They each knew what the other two were supposed to do as well. Had they not worked with a plan, a guideline, then someone would have gotten........the point.

Dennis R Hudson RN CEN
Emergency Services
Jefferson Regional Medical Center
Pine Bluff, AR USA

Truth is not only violated by falsehood; it may be equally outraged by silence.
Henri-Frederic Amiel

The actions of men are the best interpreters of their thoughts.
John Locke

        The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, who strives valiantly; who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, and spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best, knows the triumph of high achievement; and who, at worst, if he fails, fails at daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls, who know neither victory nor defeat.
Theodore Roosevelt

There are two classes of people in this world--those who take the best and enjoy it and those who wish for something better and try to create it. The world needs the appreciation of the first and the discontent of the second.
Florence Nightingale

The ideals which have lighted my way, and time after time have given me new courage to face life cheerfully, have been Kindness, Beauty, and Truth.
Albert Einstein

You must have been warned against letting the golden hours slip by.
Yes, but some of them are golden only because we let them slip by.
James M. Barrie

Education is an admirable thing, but it is well to remember from time to time that nothing that is worth knowing can be taught.

The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.
Saint Augustine

The young wish to give their elders the full benefits of their inexperience.

Not all those who know their minds know their hearts as well.
La Rochefoucauld

History will be kind to me for I intend to write it.
Winston Churchill

The secret of man's being is not only to live but to have something to live for.

Wherever there is a human being, there is an opportunity for kindness.

Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.
Theodore Roosevelt.

        In the beginning, God created nursing. He (or She) said, I will take a solid, simple, significant system of education and an adequate, applicable base of clinical research and on these rocks, will I build My greatest gift to Mankind---nursing practice.

        On the seventh day, He threw up His hands. And has left it up to us.

Sunday, April 05, 1998 at 14:59:32 (EDT) - bugs.napanet.net From NursingNe Web Page Chat

The only function of economic forecasting is to make astrology look respectable.
John Kenneth Galbraith

It is better to be prepared for an opportunity and not have one than to have an opportunity and not be prepared.
Whitney Young, Jr.

He is happiest, be he king or peasant who finds peace in his home.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832)

If a person never contradicts himself, it must be that he says nothing.
Miguel de Unamuno

Modern man thinks he loses something - time - when he does not do things quickly. Yet he does not know what to do with the time he gains -- except kill it.
Erich Fromm

Every great movement must experience three stages: ridicule, discussion, adoption.
John Stuart Mill

The only journey is the one within.
Rainer Maria Rilke

Never mistake knowledge for wisdom. One helps you make a living; the other helps you make a life.
Sandra Carey

A man who gives his children habits of industry provides for them better than by giving them fortune.
Richard Whately

I care not for a man's religion whose dog or cat are not the better for it.
Abraham Lincoln

Experience is a hard teacher because she gives the test first, the lesson afterward.

Technology is dominated by two types of people: those who understand what they do not manage, and those who manage what they do not understand.

Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none.

You can't have a better tomorrow if you are thinking about yesterday all the time.
Charles F. Kettering

The trouble with the world is that the stupid are cocksure and the intelligent are full of doubt.
Bertrand Russell

    ...no battle is ever won...they are not even fought. The field only reveals to man his own folly and despair, and Victory is an illusion of philosophers and fools.
William Faulkner [The Sound and the Fury]

You will find as you look back upon your life that the moments when you have really lived are the moments when you have done things in a spirit of love.

A man's manners are a mirror in which he shows his portrait.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

The time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time.
Bertrand Russell

A shy failure is nobler than an immodest success.
Kahlil Gibran (1883-1931) Sand and Foam

In matters of conscience, the law of majority has no place.
Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi

I have never been hurt by anything I didn't say.
Calvin Coolidge

Go often to the house of thy friend, for weeds choke the unused path.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Before we set our hearts too much on anything, let us examine how happy are those who already possess it.
La Rochefoucauld

Generosity is giving more than you can, and pride is taking less than you need.
Kahlil Gibran (1883-1931) Sand and Foam

There is nothing like returning to a place that remains unchanged to find the ways in which you yourself have altered.
Nelson Mandela
A Long Walk to Freedom

Visits always give pleasure - if not the arrival, the departure.
Portuguese Proverb

When I play with my cat, how do I know that she is not passing time with me rather than I with her?

Happiness is as a butterfly which, when pursued, is always beyond our grasp, but which if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you.
Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804-1864)

Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear, not absence of fear.
Mark Twain

A country without memory is a country of madmen.

Patience has its limits. Take it too far, and it's cowardice.
George Jackson

Poetry is a deal of joy and pain and wonder, with a dash of the dictionary.
Kahlil Gibran (1883-1931) Sand and Foam

Nothing has a stronger influence psychologically on their environment, and especially on their children, than the unlived lives of the parents.
Carl Jung

I live in the crowd of jollity, not so much to enjoy company as to shun myself.
Samuel Johnson

        They came for the communists, and I did not speak up because I wasn't a communist; They came for the socialists, and I did not speak up because I was not a socialist; They came for the union leaders, and I did not speak up because I wasn't a union leader; They came for the Jews, and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Jew. Then they came for me, and there was no one left to speak up for me.
Martin Niemoller, 1892-1984

Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

A wise man proportions his belief to the evidence.
David Hume (1711-1776)

To have a death worth dying, one must first have a life worth living.
G. Sheehan

Don't let your fears stand in the way of your dreams.

Speak if you have words stronger than silence, or keep your silence.

Imagination is more important than knowledge.
A. Einstein

One cannot always be a hero, but one can always be a (hu)man.

We do not see things as they are, we see things as we are.
Talmudic Saying

I cannot believe that the purpose of life is to be 'happy.'
I think the purpose of life is: to be useful, to be responsible, to be compassionate.
It is above all: to matter, to count, to stand for something, to have make some difference that you lived at all.
Leo Rosten

Good Judgment is the reward for experience. Experience is the price for poor judgment.

Error of opinion may be tolerated where reason is left free to combat it.
Thomas Jefferson

Everything comes to him who waits, except a loaned book.
Kim Hubbard

The beginning of wisdom is the definition of terms.

It is preferable to use superior judgment to avoid having to use superior skill.
suggested by  Robert Eager

"The nurse has become one of the great blessings of humanity, taking a place beside the physician and the priest,
and not inferior to either in her mission"
Sir William Osler, MD (1849-1919)
suggested by 
Diana Meyer, RN, MSN

"When GOD has laid His hands upon the patient, take yours off!"
Ken Mattox, MD

suggested by  Diana Meyer, RN, MSN

Error of opinion may be tolerated where reason is left free to combat it.
Thomas Jefferson First Inaugural Address March 4, 1801

We gain strength, and courage, and confidence by each experience in which we really stop to look fear in the face. . .
---we must do that which we think we cannot.
Eleanor Roosevelt
suggested by Robert C. Knies, Jr., RN, MSN, CEN ENW''s Section Editor for Research

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