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The very first step in any occupation is to become interested in it. W.O.

Circa 1868

The good observer is not limited to the large hospital. W.O.

Circa 1889


Half of us are blind, few of us feel, and we are all deaf. W.O.

Circa 1900

Great minds are pre-eminently good or bad, and education makes them better or worse. W.O.


Do not waste the hours of daylight in listening to that which you may read by night. W.O.

Circa 1905

(From Edward H. Richardson Papers)


Educate your nerve centres so that not the slightest dilator or contractor influence shall pass to the vessels of your face under any professional trial. W.O.

Plaque erected at Oxford University. Modeled by Vernet, sculptor, Paris. Cast in bronze by The J. Arthur Limerick Co., Baltimore

The philosophies of one age have become the absurdities of the next, and the foolishness of yesterday has become the wisdom of tomorrow. W.O.

On a return visit to Johns Hopkins, 1913.

The occasion was the opening of the Henry Phipps Psychiatric Clinic.

Spend the last half-hour of the day in communion with the saints of humanity. W.O.


(From the William W. Russell collection)

You may learn to consume your own smoke. The atmosphere is darkened by the murmurings and whimperings of men and women over the non-essentials, the trifles that are inevitably incident to the hurly-burly of the day's routine. W.O.


(Gift of J. Scott Willock and Esther Rosencrantz)


To have striven, to have made an effort, to have been true to certain ideals -- this alone is worth the struggle. W.O.

June 1918

(From the Henry M. Thomas Papers)


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Osler at Work

Osler with Colleagues and Friends

Osler and Family



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