i. “Without the aid of statistics nothing like real medicine is possible.” (Pierre Charles Alexandre Louis)

ii. “Before the eighteenth century the demographic impact of the profession of medicine remained negligible. Relatively few persons could afford to pay a doctor for his often very expensive services; and for every case in which the doctor’s attendance really made a difference between life and death, there were other instances in which even the best available professional services made little difference to the course of the disease, or actually hindered recovery. …Only with the eighteenth century did the situation begin to change; and it was not until after 1850 or so that the practice of medicine and the organization of medical services begin to make large-scale differences in human survival rates and population growth.” (William Hardy McNeill, Plagues and Peoples)

iii. “The unbiased opinion of most medical men of sound judgment and long experience … [holds that] the amount of death and disaster in the world would be less, if all disease were left to itself.” (Harvard professor Jacob Bigelow, 1835).

iv. “No testimony is sufficient to establish a miracle, unless the testimony be of such a kind, that its falsehood would be more miraculous, than the fact, which it endeavors to establish.” (David Hume)

v. “If you hide your ignorance, no one will hit you, and you’ll never learn.” (Ray Bradbury)

vi. “It doesn’t matter who you are. You mustn’t go around saying who you are, or else you get captured by the mask of false identity. It’s the work that identifies you.” (-ll-)

vii. “Whereas back then I wrote about the tyranny of the majority, today I’d combine that with the tyranny of the minorities. These days, you have to be careful of both.” (-ll-)

viii. “What you would seem to be, be really.” (Benjamin Franklin)

ix. “He’s a Fool that cannot conceal his Wisdom.” (-ll-)

x. “The Sting of a Reproach, is the Truth of it.” (-ll-)

xi. “We are not so sensible of the greatest Health as of the least Sickness.” (-ll-)

xii. “Lost Time is never found again.” (-ll-)

xiii. “Most Fools think they are only ignorant.” (-ll-)

xiv. “Many a Man thinks he is buying Pleasure when he is really selling himself a Slave to it.” (-ll-)

xv. “It is the mind which creates the world around us, and even though we stand side by side in the same meadow, my eyes will never see what is beheld by yours, my heart will never stir to the emotions with which yours is touched.” (George Gissing. Related link.)

xvi. “Time is money — says the vulgarest saw known to any age or people. Turn it round about, and you get a precious truth — money is time. […] What are we doing all our lives but purchasing, or trying to purchase, time? And most of us, having grasped it with one hand, throw it away with the other.” (-ll-)

xvii. “A real failure does not need an excuse. It is an end in itself.” (Gertrude Stein)

xviii. “Everybody thinks that this civilization has lasted a very long time but it really does take very few grandfathers’ granddaughters to take us back to the dark ages.” (-ll-)

xix. “The world is made up, for the most part, of fools and knaves, both irreconcileable foes to truth.” (George Viliers, 2nd Duke of Buckingham)

xx. “People never want to be told anything they do not believe already.” (James Branch Cabell)

August 22, 2013 - Posted by | quotes

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