Doctor Sayings and Quotes

Being a doctor is one of the noblest professions. They heal the sick and are tasked with making life saving decisions. Below you’ll find a collection of wise and insightful doctor quotes.


Our profession is the only one which works unceasingly to annihilate itself.     

Martin H. Fischer

The best doctor is the one you run to and can't find.     

Denis Diderot

My doctor is wonderful. Once when I couldn't afford an operation, he touched up the X-rays.     

Joey Bishop

Doctors are men who prescribe medicines of which they know little, to cure diseases of which they know less, in human beings of whom they know nothing.     

Francois Marie Arouet Voltaire

My doctor is nice; every time I see him, I'm ashamed of what I think of doctors in general.     

Mignon McLaughlin

The doctor of the future will give no medicine but will interest his patients in the care of the human frame, in diet and in the cause and prevention of disease.     

Thomas Edison

We are in the age of M.D., medical darkness, which seeks legislative protection from the light.     

James Lendall Basford

The man who doctors himself with the aid of medical books, runs the risk of dying of a typographical error.     

Evan Esar

Doctors think a lot of patients are cured who have simply quit in disgust.     

Don Herold

Disease increases in proportion to the increase in the number of doctors in a place.     

Mahatma Gandhi

You may not be able to read a doctor's handwriting and prescription, but you'll notice his bills are neatly typewritten.     

Earl Wilson

An ignorant doctor is the aide de camp of death.     

Avicenna

You need a good bedside manner with doctors or you will get nowhere.     

William S. Burroughs

Doctors always think anybody doing something they aren't is a quack; also they think all patients are idiots.     

Flannery O'Connor

You can't judge the ability of a doctor by the amount of praise the undertakers give him.     

Evan Esar

My doctor told me I shouldn't work out until I'm in better shape. I told him, All right; don't send me a bill until I pay you.     

Steven Wright

A great doctor kills more people than a great general.     

G.W. Leibniz

Surgeons must be very careful when they take the knife! Underneath their fine incisions. Stirs the Culprit Life!     

Emily Dickinson

Though the doctors treated him, let his blood, and gave him medications to drink, he nevertheless recovered.     

Leo Tolstoy

Doctors don't seem to realize that most of us are perfectly content not having to visualize ourselves as animated bags of skin filled with obscene glop.     

Joe Haldeman

A doctor whose breath smells has no right to medical opinion.     

Martin H. Fischer

Though fancy may be the patient's complaint, necessity is often the doctor's.     

Zimmermann

My intent was to carry out my duty as a doctor, to end their suffering. Unfortunately, that entailed, in their cases, ending of the life.     

Jack Kevorkian

The doctor is not unfrequently death's pilot fish.     

G. D. Prentice

It is not much trouble to doctor sick folks, but to doctor healthy ones is troublesome.     

H. W. SHAW

The best doctors in the world are Doctor Diet, Doctor Quiet, and Doctor Merryman.     

Jonathan Swift

I know of nothing more laughable than a doctor who does not die of old age.     

Francois Marie Arouet Voltaire

People pay the doctor for his trouble; for his kindness they still remain in his debt.     

Seneca

A wealthy doctor who can help a poor man, and will not without a fee, has less sense of humanity than a poor ruffian, who kills a rich man to supply his necessities.     

Joseph Addison

I wondher why ye can always read a doctor's bill an' ye niver can read his purscription.     

Finley Peter Dunne

Doctors are the same as lawyers, the sole difference being that lawyers only rob you, but doctors rob you and kill you too.     

Anton Chekhov

The most exquisite pleasure in the practice of medicine comes from nudging a layman in the direction of terror, then bringing him back to safety again.     

Kurt Vonnegut

Doctors are great as long as you don't need them.     

Edward E. Rosenbaum

Never go to a doctor whose office plants have died.     

Erma Bombeck

I got the bill for my surgery. Now I know what those doctors were wearing masks for.     

James H. Boren

You cannot be a good doctor without pity.     

Axel Munthe

Most doctors are prisoners of their education and shackled by their profession.     

Richard Diaz

God heals and the doctor takes the fees.     

Benjamin Franklin

Doctors put a wall up between themselves and their patients; nurses broke it down.     

Jodi Picoult

Medicines cure diseases, but only doctors can cure patients.     

Carl Jung

I told the doctor I broke my leg in two places. He told me to quit going to those places.     

Henny Youngman

A doctor gave a man six months to live. The man couldn't pay his bill, so he gave him another six months.     

Henny Youngman

You know what they call the fellow who finishes last in his medical school graduating class? They call him Doctor.     

Abe Lemons

A doctor is a man who writes prescriptions, till the patient either dies or is cured by nature.     

John Taylor

Where there's a doctor it's always a bad sign. Even when they are not doing the killing themselves it means a death is close, and in that way they are like ravens or crows.     

Margaret Atwood

There is no such thing as an infallible doctor.     

Edward E. Rosenbaum

I mean some doctor told me I had six months to live and I went to their funeral.     

Keith Richard

Each patient carries his own doctor inside him.     

Norman Cousins

For each illness that doctors cure with medicine, they provoke ten in healthy people by inoculating them with the virus that is a thousand times more powerful than any microbe: the idea that one is ill.     

Marcel Proust

There is more to be feared from the doctor than the disease.     

Roman Proverb

Better to hunt in fields, for health unbought, / Than fee the doctor for a nauseous draught, / The wise, for cure, on exercise depend; / God never made his work, for man to mend.     

John Dryden

The only difference between lawyers and doctors is that lawyers simply rob you, whereas doctors both rob you and kill you too.      

Anton Chekov

Sometimes even doctors need to be reminded that laughter is the best medicine.     

Martha Bolton

Crime isn't a disease, it's a symptom. Cops are like a doctor that gives you aspirin for a brain tumor.     

Raymond Chandler

Personally I have always felt that the best doctor in the world is the veterinarian. He can't ask his patients what's the matter—He's got to just know.     

Will Rogers

The doctor must act as agent of the sick man's will to live and as supporter of his right to live.     

Viktor E. Frankl

The busy, capable doctor, well aware of all the burdens he must carry, and not in the least inclined to shirk his duties, may stumble badly in those small moral moments that constantly press upon him or her— the nature of a hello or good-bye, the tone of voice as a question is asked or answered, the private thoughts one has and the effect they have on our face, our hands as they do their work, our posture, our gait.     

Robert Coles

He wrote a doctor's hand— the hand which from the beginning of time has been so disastrous to the pharmacist and so profitable to the undertaker.     

Mark Twain

It is a poor doctor who cannot prescribe an expensive cure for rich patient.     

Sydney Tremayne

Our doctor would never really operate unless it was absolutely necessary. He was just that way. If he didn't need the money, he wouldn't lay a hand on you.     

Herb Shriner

Doctors prescribe medicines of which they know little, to cure diseases of which they know less, in human beings of which they know nothing.     

Voltaire

A smart mother makes often a better diagnosis than a poor doctor.     

August Bier

God and the doctor we alike adore / But only when in danger, not before; / The danger o'er, both are alike requited, / God is forgotten, and the Doctor slighted.     

John Owen

And for my nimbly penurious and diminutively groping persona; / an unfathomably enlightening poem a day; / keeps the doctor forever away.     

Nikhil Parekh

Count the mossy marbles in the graveyard! / Our old doctor and his patients, there they lie. / All regardless of the weather, / They are waiting there together, / For that long-sought 'better by-and-by.'     

Henry Clay Work

After you find out all the things that can go wrong, your life becomes less about living and more about waiting.     

Chuck Palahniuk

Doctors and nurses are among the most irradiated professions.     

Steven Magee

There's never been a doctor who served many patients who, despite their best efforts, did not lose some of them to death. But they understood that was part of life itself.     

Zig Ziglar

Joy, temperance, and repose, slam the door on the doctor's nose.     

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

A doctor can bury his mistakes but an architect can only advise his clients to plant vines.     

Frank Lloyd Wright

It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.     

Jesus Christ

Cowards die many times before their death......and the valiant doctors save them from dying...     

Ankala Subbarao

Your doctors have the ability to legally kill you with a cocktail of potent prescription drugs.     

Steven Magee

When I told my doctor I couldn't afford an operation, he offered to touch-up my X-rays.     

Henny Youngman

Illness is the doctor to whom we pay most heed; to kindness, to knowledge, we make promise only; pain we obey.     

Marcel Proust

When a doctor does go wrong he is the first of criminals. He has nerve and he has knowledge.     

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Whenever a doctor cannot do good, he must be kept from doing harm.     

Hippocrates