71 Best Doctor Quotes For Budding Physicians

Rajnandini Roychoudhury
Dec 12, 2023 By Rajnandini Roychoudhury
Originally Published on Mar 13, 2021
Edited by Jacob Fitzbright
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Doctors are described as those who are medical practitioners.

A practitioner of medicine can either be a physician or a surgeon. A physician diagnoses and treats illness while a surgeon performs surgery on their patients.

Medicine has been practiced since the advent of humankind. The human body is fragile and thus needs checkups from doctors from time to time.

The ability to save someone's life often lies in the hands of a doctor and thus, as a result, it is considered one of the noblest professions in the world. For any doctor, to save the life of a patient from the sure hand of death is the biggest gift possible.

For patients, a doctor is synonymous with God. In many cases, to save a life of a patient, the love and the care of a doctor are enough.

So if you aspire to become a doctor, be sure to go through these doctors quotes as they will surely inspire you. We hope you like these doctor quotes!

If you like this, check out funny nurse quotes and caregiver quotes.

Best Doctor Quotes

Enlisted below are some of the best doctor quotes and some good quotes about doctors and physicians. You will also find quotes on how to praise a doctor. We should always be thankful for the physician fraternity because they are the ones who are going to save the life of many needy people.

1. "There are only two sorts of doctors: those who practice with their brains, and those who practice with their tongues."

- William Osler.

2. "The aim of medicine is to prevent disease and prolong life, the ideal of medicine is to eliminate the need of a physician."

- William J. Mayo.

3. "Medicines cure diseases, but only doctors can cure patients."

- Carl Jung.

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

- Jonathan Swift.

5. "Each patient carries his own doctor inside him."

- Norman Cousins, 'Anatomy Of An Illness'.

6. "One of the first duties of the physician is to educate the masses not to take medicine."

- William Osler.

7. "Let the young know they will never find a more interesting, more instructive book than the patient himself."

- Giorgio Baglivi.

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

- Marcel Proust.

9. "In nothing do men more nearly approach the gods than in giving health to men."

- Marcus Tullius Cicero.

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

- Richard Diaz.

11. "A doctor, like anyone else who has to deal with human beings, each of them unique, cannot be a scientist; he is either, like the surgeon, a craftsman, or, like the physician and the psychologist, an artist."

- W. H. Auden.

12. "The doctor of the future will give no medicine but will instruct his patient in the care of the human frame, in diet, and the cause and prevention of disease."

- Thomas A. Edison

13. "Sometimes, the best thing we can do for our patients is to tell them what the best behavior is and then negotiate something they can live with."

- Nancy Dickey.

14. "True health care reform cannot happen in Washington. It has to happen in our kitchens, in our homes, in our communities. All health care is personal."

- Mehmet Oz.

15. "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.

16. "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, 'God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater'.

Famous Quotes By Doctors

Here are the most famous quotes by doctors and physicians on the nature of medicine and life and death. For any doctor

17. "The deviation of man from the state in which he was originally placed by nature seems to have proved to him a prolific source of diseases."

- Edward Jenner.

18. "At the moment the world is suffering from large numbers of people who have no purpose in life - for whom there is no opportunity - and that's sad."

- Jonas Salk.

19. "I was tired, and what was the use?"

- Ronald Ross.

20. "If the love of surgery is a proof of a person's being adapted for it, then certainly I am fitted to be a surgeon... I am more and more delighted with my profession."

- Joseph Lister.

21. "If we exert ourselves with determination, no obstacle can stop our progress."

- Dr. B. C. Roy.

22. "It is the lone worker who makes the first advance in a subject."

- Alexander Fleming.

23. "I have the impression that the new generation of young people are coming up on the scene with a sense of 'ancestorhood', and with more wisdom than was evident before."

- Jonas Salk.

24. "I am a doctor - it's a profession that may be considered a special mission, a devotion."

- Ewa Kopacz.

25. "The joy I felt at the prospect before me of being the instrument destined to take away from the world one of its greatest calamities was so excessive that I sometimes found myself in a kind of reverie."

- Edward Jenner.

26. "I trust I may be enabled in the treatment of patients always to act with a single eye to their good."

- Joseph Lister.

27. "Neither wisdom nor goodwill is now dominant. Hope lies in dreams, in imagination."

- Jonas Salk.

28. "The world requires at least ten years to understand a new idea, however important or simple it may be."

- Ronald Ross.

29. "How fortunate we didn't have these animal tests in the 1940s, for penicillin would probably not have been granted a license, and possibly the whole field of antibiotics might never have been realized."

- Alexander Fleming.

30. "My young friends, you are soldiers in the battle of freedom-freedom from want, fear, ignorance, frustration and helplessness."

- Dr. B.C.Roy.

31. "It's just chance that I happened to be here at this particular time when there was available…"

- Jonas Salk.

Quotes By Hippocrates

Hippocrates was 'The Father of Medicine' and thus here are the best quotes by Hippocrates to refresh you when you are sick:

32. "The life so short, the craft so long to learn."

- Hippocrates.

33. "As to diseases, make a habit of two things - to help, or at least, to do no harm."

- Hippocrates.

34. "Whoever is to acquire a competent knowledge of medicine, ought to be possessed of the following advantages: a natural disposition; instructional a favorable place for the study; early tuition, love of labor; leisure."

- Hippocrates.

35. "The person intending to practice this kind of surgery must serve in the army, and accompany it on expeditions abroad; for in this way he would become experienced in this practice."

- Hippocrates.

36. "Health is primarily that state in which these constituent substances are in the correct proportion to each other, both in strength and quantity, and are well mixed."

- Hippocrates.

37. "Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food."

- Hippocrates.

38. "The physician must be able to tell the antecedents, know the present, and foretell the future..."

- Hippocrates.

39. "Time is that wherein there is opportunity, and opportunity is that wherein there is no great time."

- Hippocrates.

40. "Those diseases which medicines do not cure, iron cures; those which iron cannot cure, fire cures; and those which fire cannot cure, are to be reckoned wholly incurable."

- Hippocrates, 'Aphorisms'.

41. "I will not use the knife, not even, verily, on sufferers from stone, but I will give place to such as are craftsmen therein."

- Hippocrates, 'The Hippocratic Oath'.

Medical Quotes

Enlisted below are some funny quotes about doctors along with medical quotes.

42. "I have an obligation to use what I know to try to bring real, usable medical science to every doctor and bedside and patient."

- Patrick Soon-Shiong.

43. "Medical science has proven time and again that when the resources are provided, great progress in the treatment, cure, and prevention of disease can occur."

- Michael J. Fox.

44. "The outstanding doctor constantly emphasized the humanitarian aspect of medical care."

- Benjamin Carson.

45. "Community health centers do a great deal with limited resources."

- Jan Schakowsky.

46. "Medical science begin to notice for good health, peace of mind, self-confidence, optimism is something very important. And also preventive measure."

- Dalai Lama.

47. "Formerly, when religion was strong and science weak, men mistook magic for medicine; now, when science is strong and religion weak, men mistake medicine for magic."

- Thomas Szasz.

48. "In the actual condition of medical science, the physician mostly plays the part of simple spectator of the sad episodes which his profession furnishes him."

- Francois Magendie.

49. "When you have really solid biology and medical science at the core of an issue, it makes it much easier to identify what potential solutions may be."

- James Redford.

50. "Medical science in particular will get exponentially better."

- Benjamin Stone.

51. "To array a man's will against his sickness is the supreme art of medicine."

- Henry Ward Beecher.

Healing Quotes

Here are some inspirational quotes about healing which will heal everyone.

52. "Healing is a matter of time, but it is sometimes also a matter of opportunity."

- Hippocrates.

53. "Healing takes courage, and we all have courage, even if we have to dig a little to find it."

- Tori Amos.

54. "Treating the body is really about treating the mind. It is all psychosomatic - every bit of it. No exceptions."

- Esther Hicks.

55. "Healing may not be so much about getting better, as about letting go of everything that isn't you - all of the expectations, all of the beliefs - and becoming who you are."

- Rachel Naomi Remen.

56. "The natural healing force within each one of us is the greatest force in getting well."

- Hippocrates.

57. "Healing yourself is connected with healing others."

- Yoko Ono.

58. "The wish for healing has always been half of health."

- Seneca the Younger.

59. "If you restore balance in your own self, you will be contributing immensely to the healing of the world."

- Deepak Chopra.

60. "Healing comes when we choose to walk away from darkness and move towards a brighter light."

- Dieter F. Uchtdorf.

61. "Healing is the application of love to the places inside that hurt."

- Iyanla Vanzant.

Doctor Quotes From TV Series

Here are the best quotes by Doctors from many TV series. You will also find doctor Seuss quotes which are hilarious.

62. "People never change. They just become more of who they really are."

- Dr. House, 'House MD'.

63. "Hello. I'm Dr. Shaun Murphy. I'm a surgical resident at San Jose St. Bonaventure Hospital."

- Shaun, 'The Good Doctor'.

64. "I'm a human being, I make mistakes. I'm flawed. We all are."

-Derek Shepherd, 'Grey's Anatomy'.

65. "The advantage of being a freak is it makes you stronger."

- Dr. House, 'House MD'.

66. "You're right, I'm weird. Part of my weirdness is that I perseverate."

- Shaun, 'The Good Doctor'.

67. "The weird thing about telling someone they're dying is it tends to focus their priorities."

- Dr. House, 'House MD'.

68. "This is your starting line. This is your arena. How well you play? That's up to you."

- Richard Webber, 'Grey's Anatomy'.

69. "Whenever people want you to do something they think is wrong, they say it's 'reality'."

- Shaun, 'The Good Doctor'.

70. "Everybody wants their place in history. No one wants to be the astronaut that nobody remembers."

- Meredith Grey, 'Grey's Anatomy'.

71. "Life is pain... You know how many times I wanted to just give up?"

- Dr. House, 'House MD'.

Here at Kidadl, we have carefully created lots of interesting family-friendly quotes for everyone to enjoy! If you liked our suggestions for doctor quotes then why not take a look at Doctor Who quotes, or Doctor Strange quotes

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Written by Rajnandini Roychoudhury

Bachelor of Arts specializing in English, Master of Arts specializing in English

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Rajnandini RoychoudhuryBachelor of Arts specializing in English, Master of Arts specializing in English

With a Master of Arts in English, Rajnandini has pursued her passion for the arts and has become an experienced content writer. She has worked with companies such as Writer's Zone and has had her writing skills recognized by publications such as The Telegraph. Rajnandini is also trilingual and enjoys various hobbies such as music, movies, travel, philanthropy, writing her blog, and reading classic British literature. 

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