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Teaching Quotes

"It has been my experience that folks who have no vices have very few virtues." Abraham Lincoln

"I don't know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody" - Bill Cosby

Wisdom comes privately from God as a by-product of right decisions, godly reactions and the application of scriptural principles to daily circumstances. - Charles Swindoll

"Professor Goddard does not know the relation between action and reaction and the need to have something better than a vacuum against which to react. He seems to lack the basic knowledge ladled out daily in high schools." 1921 New York Times editorial about Robert Goddard's revolutionary rocket work.

"The concept is interesting and well-formed, but in order to earn better than a 'C,' the idea must be feasible." A Yale University management professor in response to Fred Smith's paper proposing reliable overnight delivery service. (Smith went on to found Fedex Corp.)

"So we went to Atari and said, 'Hey, we've got this amazing thing, even built with some of your parts, and what do you think about funding us? Or we'll give it to you. We just want to do it. Pay our salary, we'll come work for you.' And they said, 'No.' So then we went to Hewlett-Packard, and they said, 'Hey, we don't need you. You haven't even got through college yet.'"

Heroes in Medicine

Susan La Flesche Picotte - first female Native American physician

Family Practice and Teaching - collection by RCB

--Apple Computer Inc. founder Steve Jobs on attempts to get Atari and H-P interested in his and Steve Wozniak's personal computer.

Never hold discussions with the monkey when the organ grinder is in the room. -Winston Churchill

At a speech at the American Sports Awards Banquet Jim Valvono, the former North Carolina State Basketball coach and NCAA champion became aware of the flashing light signaling that he only had 30 seconds to close his remarks. He looked up and laughed and said, "I've got tumors all over my body and I'm going to worry about some guy flashing a message that I've only got 30 seconds?"

"One of the signs of impending mental breakdown is the belief that your work is terribly important." Bertrand Russell

The major challenges of our times are increasing tolerance to individual differences without damaging the values that have built this nation and preserving respect for the God-given power of authority without infringing upon the rights of the individual. - RCB

Albert Einstein Great spirits have always encountered violent resistance from mediocre minds

A lie is not the truth, but the truth can be made up, if you know how - Lily Tomlin

Do not expect to be applauded when you do the right thing, and do not expect to be forgiven when you err. But even your enemies will respect commitment - and a conscience at peace is worth more than a thousand tainted victories. Bail Organa (Princess Leia’s father in Star Wars) words by author Michael Kube-McDowell

On a tombstone: "I TOLD YOU I WAS SICK"

Lederer in Time to Heal states that physicians are a product of the society that we live in. We live in a society of instant gratification. Few if any want to accept responsibility for their actions. Good patient care demands constant vigilance on the part of patient and physician. Often, in the process of good care, doctors and patients will be at odds with one another. I like what Lee Golusinski, MD had to say:

"When patients get upset and say I am being parental and coercive by doing this, I remind them that there are three names on each bottle of medication: the patient's, mine, and the pharmacist. We all have responsibilities on this team, and if one of us is not meeting those responsibilities (such as monitoring INRs for patients on coumadin), I will not take on the risk they bring by not meeting their responsibilities."

"Look around the table. If you don't see a sucker, get up, because you're the sucker." Amarillo Slim

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