Top 33 Abraham Verghese Quotes

Yesterday misspent can’t be recall’dVanity makes beauty contemptibleWisdom is more valuable than riches.


God will judge us, Mr. Harris, by–by what we did to relieve the suffering of our fellow human beings. I don’t think God cares what doctrine we embrace.


When you win, you often lose, that’s just a fact. There’s no currency to straighten a warped spirit, or open a closed heart, a selfish heart…


Be ready. Be seated. See what courage sounds like. See how brave it is to reveal yourself in this way. But above all, see what it is to still live, to profoundly influence the lives of others after you are gone, by your words.


A man is only as rich as the number of children he fathers. After all, what else do we leave behind in this world…


God will judge us by what we did to relieve the suffering of our fellow human beings. I don’t think God cares what doctrine we embrace.


Doubt is a first cousin to faith, Ghosh. To have faith, you have to suspend your disbelief.


There is a point when grief exceeds the human capacity to emote, and as a result one is strangely composed-


… telling herself stories about herself in a singsong voice, creating her own mythology.


When a man is a mystery to himself you can hardly call him mysterious.


Tell us please, what treatment in an emergency is administered by ear?”….I met his gaze and I did not blink. “Words of comfort,” I said to my father.


…a world where a sparrow’s fate and that of a man can be decided in the blink of a cat’s eye, such is the true measure of time.


The crookedness of the serpent is still straight enough to slide through the snake hole.


No blade can puncture the human heart like the well-chosen words of a spiteful son.


That’s the funny thing about America–the blessed thing. As many people as there are to hold you back, there are angels whose humanity makes up for all the others. I’ve had my share of angels.


To be around someone whose self-confidence is more than what our first glance led us to expect is seductive.


it was all I had, all I’ve ever had, the only currency, the only proof that I was alive. Memory.” p 380


Life is full of signs. The trick is to know how to read them. Ghosh called this heuristics, a method for solving a problem for which no formula exists.


The world turns on our every action, and our every omission, whether we know it or not.


Don’t leave the instrument sitting in its case, my son. Play! Leave no part of your instrument unexplored. Why settle for ‘Three Blind Mice’ when you can play the ‘Gloria’?


Surely you couldn’t be a good doctor and a terrible human being—surely the laws of man, if not God, didn’t allow it.


The world turns on our every action, and our every omission, whether we know it or not.” -Cutting for Stone


Surgery was the most difficult thing I could imagine.And so I became a surgeon.


[American ambulance crews] salvaged people we’d never see in Missing, because no one would have tied to bring them to a hospital. Judging someone to be beyond help never crossed the minds of police, firemen, or doctors here.


My desire to be a physician had a lot to do with that sense of medicine as a ministry of healing, not just a science. And not even just a science and an art, but also a calling, also a ministry.


Students undergo a conversion in the third year of medical school – not pre-clinical to clinical, but pre-cynical to cynical.


Certainly when I got to medical school, I had role models of the kind of physicians I wanted to be. I had an uncle who, looking back, was probably not the most-educated physician around, but he carried it off so well.


I think America is really in denial about the degree to which residents, particularly foreign medical graduates, man the county hospitals of this country, and but for their services, I’m not sure how exactly we could manage.


The bottom line: health care reform is about the patient, not about the physician.


I’ve never bought this idea of taking a therapeutic distance. If I see a student or house staff cry, I take great faith in that. That’s a great person; they’re going to be a great doctor.


Literature is a beautiful way of keeping the imagination alive, of visiting worlds you would never have time to in your day-to-day life. It keeps you abreast of a wider spectrum of human activities.


I love to read poetry but I haven’t written anything that I’m willing to show anybody.


Modern society has evolved to the point where we counter the old-fashioned fatalism surrounding the word ‘cancer’ by embracing the idea of the Uber-mind – that our will possesses nearly supernatural powers.



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