50+ Motivational Quotes On Why We Should Respect Doctors

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“An apple a day keeps the doctor away.” You may have heard this famous quote as a kid, which made you ponder as you were growing up—are doctors villains?


Merely asking these questions can justify why they are not villains but rather real-life superheroes.

Being in the field of medicine is never easy as it requires persistence, hard work, and a whole lot of bravery.

Have you ever felt the constant exhaustion and lack of sleep they’ve had to endure just to tend to people’s needs? Do you know what it feels like to always be on call because people’s lives fall in your hands?

There are dozens of reasons why we should take inspiration from them. Below are 50+ Quotes for doctors.

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  • ”During surgery, God performs miracles. I don’t.” – Joshua Michael Levinson

  • “The presence of the doctor is the beginning of the cure.”—Anonymous

  • “Behind every great doctor is an even better nurse.” – Anonymous

  • “The most tragic thing in the world is a sick doctor.” – George Bernard Shaw

  • “The best doctor is the one you run to and can’t find.” – Denis Diderot

  • “Medicine cures diseases, but only doctors can cure patients.” – Carl Jung

  • “Wherever the art of medicine is loved, there is also a love of humanity.” – Hippocrates

  • “The good physician treats the disease; the great physician treats the patient with the disease.” – William Olser

  • “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” – Mahatma Gandhi

  • “To make a difference in someone’s life, you don’t have to be brilliant, rich, beautiful, or perfect. You have to care.” – Mandy Hale

  • “Every day holds the possibility of a miracle.” – Elizabeth David

  • “I gave up my life to learn how to save yours.” – Anonymous

  • “A doctor is nothing more than a consolation for the spirit.”— Petronius Arbiter

  • “The doctor is the servant, not the master for teaching Nature.” — Anonymous

  • “A certain author defines a doctor to be a man who writes prescriptions until the patient either dies or is cured by nature.”— Peter Shaw

  • “A doctor is the only man who can suffer from good health.” — Anonymous

  • “A doctor must work eighteen hours a day and seven days a week. If you cannot console yourself to this, get out of the profession.”— Martin H. Fischer

  • “A doctor who cannot take a good history and a patient who cannot give one are in danger of giving and receiving bad treatment.” — Anonymous

  • “A doctor whose breath smells has no right to a medical opinion.” — Martin H. Fischer

  • “A lucky physician is better than a learned one.” — English Proverb

  • “A man is a poor physician who has not two or three remedies ready for use in every case of illness.” — Asclepiades

  • “A man of very moderate ability may be a good physician if he devotes himself faithfully to the work.” — Oliver Wendell Holmes

  • “A man who cannot work without his hypodermic needle is a poor doctor. The amount of narcotic you use is inversely proportional to your skill.” — Martin H. Fischer

  • “A physician advised his patient that had sore eyes that he should abstain from wine, but the patient said, “I think rather, sir, from wine and water; for I have often marked it in blue eyes, and I have seen water come forth but never wine.” — Sir Francis Bacon

  • “A physician is an unfortunate gentleman who is every day required to perform a miracle, namely to reconcile health with intemperance.” — Francois Marie Arouet Voltaire

  • “A physician is judged by the three A’s, Ability, Availability, and Affability.” — Paul Reznikoff

  • “A physician is obligated to consider more than a diseased organ, more than even the whole man—he must view the man in his world.” — Harvey Cushing

  • “A wise physician, skill’d our wounds to heal, is more than armies to the public weal.” — Alexander Pope

  • “After all, we are merely the servants of the public, in spite of our M.D.s and our hospital appointments.”— Sir Henry Howarth Bashford

  • “All knowledge attains its ethical value and its human significance only by the human sense with which it is employed. Only a good man can be a great physician.” — Carl Wilhelm Hermann Nothnagel

  • “An alcoholic has been lightly defined as a man who drinks more than his own doctor.” — Alvan L. Barach

  • “Anatomy is the great ocean of intelligence upon which the true physician must sail. Bacteriology is but one little harbor.” — John E. Link

  • “Any man who is intelligent must, on considering that health is of the utmost value to human beings, have the personal understanding necessary to help himself in diseases, and be able to understand and to judge what physicians say and what they administer to his body, being versed in each of these matters to a degree reasonable for a layman.” — Hippocrates

  • “Any physician who advertises a positive cure for any disease, who issues nostrum testimonials, who sells his services to a secret remedy, or who diagnoses and treats by mail patients he has never seen, is a quack.” — Samuel Hopkins Adams

  • “As with eggs, there is no such thing as a poor doctor, doctors are either good or bad.”— Fuller Albright

  • “At a given instant, everything the surgeon knows suddenly becomes important to the solution of the problem. You can’t do it an hour later or tomorrow. Nor can you go to the library and look it up.”— John W. Kirklin

  • “Beware of the young Doctor, & the old Barber.” — Benjamin Franklin

  • “But nothing is more estimable than a physician who, having studied nature from his youth, knows the properties of the human body, the diseases which assail it, the remedies which will benefit it, exercises his art with caution and pays equal attention to the rich and the poor. “— Francois Marie Arouet Voltaire

  • “By medicine, life may be prolong’d, yet death will seize the Doctor too.” — William Shakespeare

  • “Employment is Nature’s physician, and is essential to human happiness.” — Galen

  • “Fifty years ago, the successful doctor was said to need three things; a top hat to give him Authority, a paunch to give him Dignity, and piles to give him an Anxious Expression.” — Anonymous

  • “For the most part, Western medicine doctors are not healers, preventers, listeners, or educators. But they’re damned good at saving a life and the other aspects kick the beam. It’s about time we brought some balance back to the scale.” — Claire Todae

  • “From the physician, as emphatically the student of Nature has expected not only an inquiry into the cause but an investigation of the whole empire of Nature and a determination of the applicability of every species of knowledge to the improvement of his art.”— John Gorrie

  • “Given one well-trained physician of the highest type and he will do better work for a thousand people than ten specialists.” — William James Mayo

  • “God healeth, and the physician hath the thanks.” — English Proverb

  • “He that takes medicine and neglects to diet himself wastes the skill of the physician.” — Chinese Proverb

  • “He who cures a disease may be the skillfullest, but he who prevents it is the safest physician.” — Thomas Fuller

  • “He’s the best physician that knows the worthlessness of the most medicines.” — Benjamin Franklin

  • “I felt more determined than ever to become a physician, and thus place a strong barrier between me and all ordinary marriage. I must have something to engross my thoughts, some object in life which will fill this vacuum, and prevent this sad wearing away of the heart.” — Elizabeth Blackwell

Key Takeaway:

This article does not mean that being a doctor is the only challenging profession one can take, as every field entails different hardships and takeaways.

Take inspiration and learn from their hard work and commitment. Who knows, someday, you might be one of them.

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3 thoughts on “50+ Motivational Quotes On Why We Should Respect Doctors”

  1. I rarely remember patients I might have saved, but the ones I have lost, or thought to have lost, are deeply etched in my mind.
    Boghos L. Artinian MD


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