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   Most people are not afraid of dying; they are afraid of not having lived. It is not the prospect of death that frightens most people.  People can accept the inescapable fact of mortality. What frightens them more is the dread of insignificance, the notion that we will be born, and live, and one day die, and none of it will matter.  People don't really want to live forever. They understand that the story of their lives has to have a beginning, a middle, and an end.  But, what they desperately want is to live long enough to get it right, to feel they have done something worthwhile with their lives, however long.
.....Rabbi Harold Kushner, Living a life that matters.
Education doesn't make you proud. It makes you humble.
My reputation is such that I have never lost a patient who wasn't truly sick.

How easily, how secretly, how safely in books do we make bare without shame the poverty of human ignorance!These are the masters that instruct us without Rod and ferrule, without words of anger, without payment of money or clothing.  Should ye approach them, they are not asleep; if he seek to question them, they do not hide themselves; Should you err they do not chide; and should ye show ignorance they know not how to laugh. O Books! ye alone are free and give to all that seek, and set free all that serve you zealously.

…..Richard D. Bury, Philobiblon, Grolier Club Edition, vol.ii, p.22

The most essential part of the students instructions is obtained, as I believe, not in the lecture room, but at the bedside.Nothing seen there is lost; the rhythms of disease are learned by frequent repetition; its unforeseen circumstances stamp them indelibly on the memory.Before the student is aware of what is acquired he has learned the aspects and causes and problem issue of the diseases he has seen with his teacher, and the proper mode of dealing with them, so far as his master knows.

…..Oliver Wendell Holmes, Introductory Lecture 1867.