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.
We are all faced with a series of great
opportunities brilliantly disguised as unsolvable problems.
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.
If we don't change, we don't grow. If we
don't grow, we aren't really living.
Leadership is not magnetic
personality--that can just as well be glib tongue.
Age is a very high price to pay for
Tact is the art of making a point without making an enemy.
A man has only two things: dreams and
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.
"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"
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.
While one person hesitates because he feels
inferior, another is busy making mistakes and becoming superior.
Keep away from people who try to belittle
Personally I'm always ready to learn,
although I do not always like being taught.
When a man is wrapped up in himself he
makes a pretty small package.
Don't mistake pleasure for happiness.
They're a different breed of dog.
Curiosity is a lust of the mind.
Neither genius, fame, nor love show the
greatness of the soul. Only kindness can do that.
Honesty is praised and starves
The ill and unfitting choice of words
wonderfully obstructs the understanding.
Take the time to do it right and you won't
have to find the time to do it over.
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.
To be good is noble; but to show others how
to be good is nobler, and no trouble.
Truth is one forever absolute, but opinion
is truth filtered through the moods, the blood, the disposition of the spectator.
What I do today is important because I am
paying a day of my life for it.
The surest sign that intelligent life
exists elsewhere in the universe is that it has never tried to contact us.
The difference between intelligence and
education is this- that intelligence will make you a good living.
No one in this world, so far as I know,
...has ever lost money by underestimating the intelligence of the great masses of the
They tell us absolutely nothing about
intelligence elsewhere in the universe, but they do prove how rare it is on earth.
Imagination is intelligence having fun.
I much prefer the sharpest criticism of a
single intelligent man to the thoughtless approval of the masses.
Man is a slow, sloppy and brilliant
thinker; the machine is fast, accurate and stupid.
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.
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.
That life is worth living is the most
necessary of assumptions, and were it not assumed, the most impossible of conclusions.
Good ideas are not adopted automatically.
They must be driven into practice with courageous patience.
Do what thy manhood bids thee do: From none
but self expect applause. He noblest lives and noblest dies, who makes and keeps his
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.
Quarrels would not last long if the fault
were only on one side.
Courage is not the absence of fear, but
rather the judgment that something else is more important than fear.
As a computer science instructor once told me: Know the rules. Know when to break them. Be consistent...
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
Andrew [email protected] said:
There are only two lasting bequests we can
hope to give our children.
In the field of observation, chance favors
the prepared mind.
Do you know what a pessimist is? A person
who thinks everybody as nasty as himself, and hates them for it.
Never doubt that a small group of
thoughtful citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.
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"
"Dying," said Fred Hollows, "is something you never live to regret."
The walls of books around him, dense with
the past, formed a kind of insulation against the present world and its disasters.
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.
Despise not a small wound, a poor kinsman,
or a humble enemy
"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."
Reality can destroy the dream; why
shouldn't the dream destroy reality?
When we can't dream any longer we die.
He hath awakened from the dream of life.
The future belongs to those who believe in
the beauty of their dreams.
The function of dreams is to teach the
waking mind how to forget what it thinks it knows but doesn't.
Dream lofty dreams, and as you dream, so
shall you become. Your vision is the promise of what you shall one day be.
Those who have compared our life to a dream
were right...We sleeping wake, and waking sleep.
Hold fast to dreams,
What happens to a dream deferred?
In bed my real love has always been the
sleep that rescued me by allowing me to dream.
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.
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.
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.
Live truth instead of professing it.
Adversity is the first path to Truth.
The gulf between knowledge and truth is
Love truth but pardon error.
We are more likely to reach the truth
through error than through confusion.
There is no worse lie than a truth
misunderstood by those who hear it.
One lie does not cost you one truth, but
Most of the change we think we see in life
is due to truths being in and out of favor.
It is astonishing what force, purity, and
wisdom it requires for a human being to keep clear of falsehoods.
Nature understands no jesting. She is
always true, always serious, always severe. She is always right, and the errors are always
those of man.
Truth, Sir, is a cow, which will yield such
people [sceptics] no more milk, and so they are gone to milk the bull.
If you tell the truth, you have infinite
power supporting you; but if not, you have infinite power against you.
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
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.
Art is not a study of positive reality, it
is the seeking for ideal truth.
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
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.
Honesty is the best policy.
Truth is always straightforward.
Everything that is possible to be believed
is an image of the truth.
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
The truth is often a terrible weapon of
aggression. It is possible to lie, and even to murder, with the truth.
The high minded man must care more for the
truth than for what people think.
No pleasure is comparable to the standing
upon the vantage ground of Truth.
For truth is precious and divine; Too rich
a pearl for carnal swine.
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
Truth may be stretched, but cannot be
broken, and always gets above falsehood, as oil does above water.
Truth obtains victory, not untruth.
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.
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.
[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!).
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.
Time is a great teacher-- Unfortunately, it
kills all of its pupils.
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.
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.
There are two kind of statistics, the kind
you look up, and the kind you make up.
Statistics are like alienists - they will
testify for either side.
Numbers are like people; torture them
enough and they'll tell you anything.
There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned
lies, and statistics.
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.
He uses statistics as a drunken man uses a
lamp post - for support rather than for illumination.
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.
Statistics are like a bikini - what they
reveal is suggestive, but what they conceal is vital.
Testimonials may be more compelling than
mountains of facts and figures (as mountains of facts and figures in social psychology so
There is no such thing as luck; only
adequate and inadequate preparation to cope with the statistical universe.
49% of all statistics . . . are wrong.
50% of the citizens of this country have a
below average understanding of statistics.
49% of the U.S. population belongs to some
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.
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
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
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.
A citizen of America will cross the ocean
to fight for democracy, but won't cross the street to vote in a national election.
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.
Democracy is a form of government that
substitutes election by the incompetent many for appointment by the corrupt few.
Don't vote. It only encourages them.
Voters don't decide issues, they decide who
will decide the issues.
We, the people, are not free. Our democracy
is but a name. We vote? What does that mean? We choose between Tweedledum and Tweedledee.
It's not who votes. It's who counts the
Politics is the gentle art of getting votes
from the poor and campaign funds from the rich by promising to protect each from the
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.
Fortune favors the bold.
To win without risk is to triumph without
Only those who dare to fail greatly can
ever achieve greatly.
He that will not sail till all dangers are
over must never put to sea.
Better hazard once than always be in fear.
The policy of being too cautious is the
greatest risk of all.
He who doesn't risk never gets to drink
Only those who will risk going too far can
possibly find out how far one can go.
In the long run, we get no more than we
have been willing to risk giving.
When written in Chinese, the word
"crisis" is composed of two characters.
I understand by "freedom of
spirit" something quite definite - the unconditional will to say No, where it is
dangerous to say No.
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.
"Even when all the experts agree, they
may well be mistaken."
From [email protected] Mon Apr 29 17:09:54 1996
I like these quotes which David Jackson
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
My only treasure is my reputation.
Reputations are made by searching for
things that can't be done and doing them.
A good reputation is more valuable than
A good name, like good will, is got by many
actions and lost by one.
It is a maxim with me that no man was ever
written out of reputation but by himself.
A good name is seldom regained. When
character is gone, all is gone, and one of the richest jewels of life is lost forever.
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
The prosecutor has more control over life,
liberty, and reputation than any other person in America.
Character assassination is at once easier
and surer than physical assault; and it involves far less risk for the assassin.
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.
Reputation, reputation, reputation!
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.
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
Criticism is prejudice made plausible.
Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry and
Education is the process of driving a set
of prejudices down your throat.
I'm interested in the fact that the less
secure a man is, the more likely he is to have extreme prejudice.
In the dust where we have buried the silent
races and their abominations we have buried so much of the delicate magic of life.
The mind of a bigot is like the pupil of
the eye; the more light you pour upon it, the more it will contract.
Prejudice is never easy unless it can pass
itself off for reason.
Even human nature can be corrected and set
on the right path, for otherwise we should all drown in a sea of prejudices.
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.
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.
The only tyrant I accept in this world is
the still voice within.
God Himself has no right to be a tyrant.
The mob is the mother of tyrants.
Of all the tyrannies that affect mankind,
tyranny in religion is the worst.
Government is a dangerous servant and a
terrible master.... remember you can lose freedom more quickly to yourselves than any
The world is made up for the most part of
morons and natural tyrants, sure of themselves, strong in their own opinions, never
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.
The people always have some champion whom
they set over them and nurse into greatness.... This and no other is the root from which
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.
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.
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.
The most important thing in communication
is to hear what isn't being said.
The world is emblematic. Parts of speech
are metaphors because the whole of nature is a metaphor of the human mind.
To communicate, put your thoughts in order;
give them a purpose; use them to persuade, to instruct, to discover, to seduce.
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
The two words "information" and
"communication" are often used interchangeably, but they signify quite different
things. Information is giving out; communication is getting through.
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.
If you your lips would keep from slips,
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.
"I do not feel obliged to believe that
the same God who endowed us with sense, reason and intellect has intended us to forego
It is my ambition to say in ten sentences
what others say in a whole book.
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.
Laziness is no more than the habit of
resting before you get tired.
I would rather be able to appreciate things
I can not have than to have things I am not able to appreciate.
"Education makes a people easy to
lead, but difficult to drive; easy to govern, but impossible to enslave."
Patriotism is your conviction that this
country is superior to all others because you were born in it.
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.
He who knows others is wise. He who knows
himself is enlightened.
There never was child so lovely but his
mother was glad to get him asleep.
Complete possession is proved only by
giving. All you are unable to give possesses you.
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.
Dost thou love life? Then do not squander
time, for that is the stuff life is made of.
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.
A thick head can do as much damage as a
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.
No matter how old a mother is she watches
her middle-aged children for signs of improvement.
Journalism is merely history's first draft.
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.
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.
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.
An adventure is only an inconvenience
rightly considered. An inconvenience is only an adventure wrongly considered.
"Heroism on command, senseless
violence, and all the loathsome nonsense that goes by the name of patriotism -- how
passionately I hate them!"
What we hope ever to do with ease, we must
learn first to do with diligence.
Thought is the labour of the intellect,
reverie is its pleasure.
Our greatest glory is not in never failing,
but in rising up every time we fail.
Conscience is the inner voice warning us
that someone may be looking.
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.
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.
Restlessness and discontent are the first
necessities of progress.
I do not believe that any man fears to be
dead, but only the stroke of death.
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.
The most valuable of all talents is that of
never using two words when one will do.
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.
Everyone thinks of changing the world, but
no one thinks of changing himself.
He who opens a school door, closes a
Skeptical scrutiny is the means, in both
science and religion, by which deep insights can be winnowed from deep nonsense.
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.
The old believe everything, the middle-aged
suspect everything, the young know everything.
Being defeated is often a temporary
condition. Giving up is what makes it permanent.
If we encounter a man of rare intellect, we
should ask him what books he reads.
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.
You must allow people to be right, because
it consoles them for not being anything else.
The highest reward for a person's toil is
not what they get for it, but what they become by it.
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.
Never tell people how to do things. Tell
them what to do and they will surprise you with their ingenuity.
This is the final test of the gentleman:
his respect for those who can be of no possible service to him.
Be the master of your will and the slave of
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
Whoever undertakes to set himself up as a
judge of Truth and Knowledge is shipwrecked by the laughter of the gods.
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.
Whoever controls the language, the images,
controls the race.
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.
Great works are performed not by strength,
It has been said, "A tracheostomy is a
bleeding, infected hole in the neck: --no more, and no less.
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.
David Ryon, MD
What sculpture is to a block of marble,
education is to an human soul.
Don't let your clinical impression get in
the way of the facts.
There's a fine line between genius and
insanity. I have erased this line.
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.
Let us so live that when we come to die
even the undertaker will be sorry.
These days people seek knowledge, not
wisdom. Knowledge is of the past, wisdom is of the future.
A great many people mistake opinions for
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
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.
The mind is its own place, and in itself,
can make heaven of Hell, and a hell of Heaven.
"The death of democracy is not likely
to be assassination from ambush.
"The point to remember is that what
the government gives, it must first take away."
"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."
"Despite all our accomplishments, we
owe our existence to a six-inch layer of topsoil and the fact it rains."
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.
The public easily confuses people who fish
in murky waters with those who draw from deep wells.
After you have consulted with many people
about what you ought to do, consult with very few about what you are going to do
A professional is someone who can do his
best work when he doesn't feel like it.
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.
The truth is a precious commodity. That's
why I use it so sparingly.
It usually takes me more than three weeks
to prepare a good impromptu speech.
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.
He that knows little often repeats it.
My grandfather once told me that there were
two kinds of people: those who do the work and those who take the credit.
It is the first of all problems for a man
to find out what kind of work he is to do in this universe.
[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.]
Most of our so-called reasoning consists in
finding arguments for going on believing as we already do.
Nurture your minds with great thoughts. To
believe in the heroic makes heroes.
A man's first care should be to avoid the
reproaches of his own heart, his next to escape the censures of the world.
To get something done, a committee should
consist of no more than three men, two of whom are absent.
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.
No man is a hero to his valet.
You cannot depend on your eyes when your
imagination is out of focus.
"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."
And Dr. Conover noted and quoted;
A pompous physician is the plaintiff's
lawyer's best friend.
Lawyers have a special ability to sense one
part money in one billion parts sanctimony.
Man is the only animal that can remain on
friendly terms with the victims he intends to eat until he eats them.
God gave us memories so that we might have
roses in December.
If a little knowledge is dangerous, where
is the man who has so much as to be out of danger?
The worth of a book is to be measured by
what you can carry away from it.
Never attribute to maliciousness what can
be adequately explained by stupidity.
The large print giveth, and the small print
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.
The moment of victory is much too short to
live for that and nothing else.
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.
If you judge, investigate.
Destiny: A tyrant's authority for crime and
a fool's excuse for failure.
Live in such a way that you would not be
ashamed to sell your parrot to the town gossip.
Beware of small expenses; a small leak will
sink a great ship.
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.
We are all ignorant, only in different
ways, and no one is as ignorant as an educated man outside his own field.
If you want to get rid of somebody, just
tell them something for their own good.
As you grow older, you'll find the only
things you regret are the things you didn't do.
An expert is a person who avoids small
error as he sweeps on to the grand fallacy
An unarmed man can only flee from evil, and
evil is not overcome by fleeing from it.
"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."
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.
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.
I like to do all the talking myself. It
saves time and prevents arguments.
When we ask advice, we are usually looking
for an accomplice.
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.
In every work of genius we recognize our
own rejected thoughts: they come back to us with a certain alienated majesty.
Truth, like gold, is to be obtained not by
its growth, but by washing away from it all that is not gold.
An idea is not responsible for the people who believe in it.
From: Dennis Hudson, R.N.
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
Truth is not only violated by falsehood; it
may be equally outraged by silence.
The actions of men are the best
interpreters of their thoughts.
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.
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
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.
You must have been warned against letting
the golden hours slip by.
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.
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.
History will be kind to me for I intend to
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
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.
MARGRETTA M. STYLES
The only function of economic forecasting
is to make astrology look respectable.
It is better to be prepared for an
opportunity and not have one than to have an opportunity and not be prepared.
He is happiest, be he king or peasant who
finds peace in his home.
If a person never contradicts himself, it
must be that he says nothing.
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.
Every great movement must experience three
stages: ridicule, discussion, adoption.
The only journey is the one within.
Never mistake knowledge for wisdom. One
helps you make a living; the other helps you make a life.
A man who gives his children habits of
industry provides for them better than by giving them fortune.
I care not for a man's religion whose dog
or cat are not the better for it.
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.
The trouble with the world is that the
stupid are cocksure and the intelligent are full of doubt.
...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.
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.
The time you enjoy wasting is not wasted
A shy failure is nobler than an immodest
In matters of conscience, the law of
majority has no place.
I have never been hurt by anything I didn't
Go often to the house of thy friend, for
weeds choke the unused path.
Before we set our hearts too much on
anything, let us examine how happy are those who already possess it.
Generosity is giving more than you can, and
pride is taking less than you need.
There is nothing like returning to a place
that remains unchanged to find the ways in which you yourself have altered.
Visits always give pleasure - if not the
arrival, the departure.
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
Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of
fear, not absence of fear.
A country without memory is a country of
Patience has its limits. Take it too far,
and it's cowardice.
Poetry is a deal of joy and pain and
wonder, with a dash of the dictionary.
Nothing has a stronger influence
psychologically on their environment, and especially on their children, than the unlived
lives of the parents.
I live in the crowd of jollity, not so much
to enjoy company as to shun myself.
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.
Our lives begin to end the day we become
silent about things that matter.
A wise man proportions his belief to the
To have a death worth dying, one must first
have a life worth living.
Don't let your fears stand in the way of
Speak if you have words stronger than
silence, or keep your silence.
Imagination is more important than
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.
I cannot believe that the purpose of life
is to be 'happy.'
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.
Everything comes to him who waits, except a
The beginning of wisdom is the definition of
It is preferable to use superior judgment to
avoid having to use superior skill.
"The nurse has become one of the great
blessings of humanity, taking a place beside the physician and the priest,
"When GOD has laid His hands upon the
patient, take yours off!"
Error of opinion may be tolerated where
reason is left free to combat it.
We gain strength, and courage, and confidence
by each experience in which we really stop to look fear in the face. . .
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