William Osler Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old william osler quotes, william osler sayings, and william osler proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


The trained nurse has become one of the great blessings of humanity, taking a place beside the physician and the priest.     

William Osler

Patients should have rest, food, fresh air, and exercise - the quadrangle of health.     

William Osler

By far the most dangerous foe we have to fight is apathy - indifference from whatever cause, not from a lack of knowledge, but from carelessness, from absorption in other pursuits, from a contempt bred of self satisfaction.     

William Osler

The trained nurse has become one of the great blessings of humanity, taking a place beside the physician and the priest.     

William Osler

The trained nurse has become one of the great blessings of humanity, taking a place beside the physician and the priest.     

William Osler

The teacher's life should have three periods, study until twenty-five, investigation until forty, profession until sixty, at which age I would have him retired on a double allowance.     

William Osler

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

William Osler

The person who takes medicine must recover twice, once from the disease and once from the medicine.     

William Osler

He who studies medicine without books sails an uncharted sea, but he who studies medicine without patients does not go to sea at all.     

William Osler

Acquire the art of detachment, the virtue of method, and the quality of thoroughness, but above all the grace of humility.     

William Osler

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

William Osler

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

William Osler

What is patience but an equanimity which enables you to rise superior to the trials of life.     

William Osler

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

William Osler

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

William Osler

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

William Osler

Courage and cheerfulness will not only carry you over the rough places in life, but will enable you to bring comfort and help to the weak-hearted and will console you in the sad hours.     

William Osler

It is much more important to know what sort of a patient has a disease than what sort of a disease a patient has.     

William Osler

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

William Osler

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

William Osler

The higher education so much needed today is not given in the school, is not to be bought in the market place, but it has to be wrought out in each one of us for himself; it is the silent influence of character on character.     

William Osler

Soap and water and common sense are the best disinfectants.     

William Osler

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

William Osler

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

William Osler

To have striven, to have made the effort, to have been true to certain ideals — this alone is worth the struggle.      

William Osler

Varicose veins are the result of an improper selection of grandparents.     

William Osler