100 Inspiring Medical Quotes By Famous Doctors

Last Updated: March 6, 2023 by Team

Medicine is the science, art, and practice of caring for a patient by a physician or any medical professional. It covers the treatment, diagnosis, and prevention of ailments and illness. Medicine is so important. The diagnosis, prognosis, prevention, treatment, or palliation of illness and disease is vital for all of us throughout our lives. Put simply, in order to lead a healthy life we all rely on medicine.

The science of medicine has improved our quality of life across the globe and has changed millions of lives and we must celebrate this. Thus, in this post, we brought you the most inspirational and motivational medicine quotes. The reason we know these quotes are the real deal? They come from high-profile famous doctors themselves.

100 Medical Quotes

Top 10 Medical Quotes

“Unilaterally cutting cost won’t eliminate the inefficiencies, unnecessary procedures and avoidable burdens on the system. But if we work together with fresh thinking and strategically-smarter spending, we can recast into a more and humane and efficient health care system and the lower overall costs to governments will follow.” – Dr. Louis Hugo Francescutti

“Modern medicine is a negation of health. It isn’t organized to serve human health, but only itself, as an institution. It makes more people sick than it heals.” – Ivan Illich

“. . . the medical profession must demonstrate leadership in regaining that vision for the health care system that we were once proud of, one that serves all Canadians, one that provides timely, universal access to high quality, patient-centred care across the continuum of health.” – Dr. Jeffrey Turnbull

“For many years, both physicians and patients have had a ‘more is better’ attitude. It is time to adopt a ‘think twice’ attitude and to avoid unnecessary and potentially harmful tests, procedures and treatment.” – Dr. Wendy Levinson

“You can’t judge the ability of a doctor by the amount of praise the undertakers give him.” – Evan Esar

“’The art of medicine consists of amusing the patient while nature cures the disease.” – Voltaire

“Nurses serve their patients in the most important capacities. We know that they serve as our first lines of communication when something goes wrong or when we are concerned about health.” – Lois Capps

“Laws of the House of God, #13: The delivery of good medical care is to do as much nothing as possible.” – Samuel Shem

“Let the young know they will never find a more interesting, more instructive book than the patient himself.” – Giorgio Baglivi

“Science has everything to say about what is possible. Science has nothing to say about what is permissible.” – Charles Krauthammer


Short Medical Quotes

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“Penicillin sat on a shelf for ten years while i was called a quack.”

“I did it sounds way better than I could’ve done it.”

“Don’t just do something; stand there!” – Martin Gabel

“Study to save lives.”

“Behind every fine doctor, there is always a nurse.”

“Nobody, but nobody, is going to stop breathing on me!”

“Learn To Listen With Your Fingers.”

“The greatest wealth is health.”

“An apple a day keeps the doctor away.”

“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.”

“Happiness is nothing more than good health and a bad memory.”

“Prevention is better than cure.”

“Laughter is the best medicine.”

“The first wealth is health.”

“Good health and good sense are two of life’s greatest blessings.”

I believe that the greatest gift you can give your family and the world is a healthy you.

Funny Medical Quotes

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“You have to be odd to be number 1.” – Dr. Seuss

“Not all angels have wings, some have stethoscopes.”

“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

“Be like the stem cell, differentiate yourself from others.”

“True professionals provide considered advice. And sometimes doing nothing is exactly the right thing to do. The same is true of medicine. Recognize that the doctor who advises no action may be the one who really cares for you.” – Dr. Gilbert H. Welch

“The first duty of the physician is to educate the masses not to take medicine.”

“Each patient carries his own doctor inside him.” – Norman Cousin

“The more fashionable doctors in italy, began to delegate to slaves the manual attentions they deemed necessary for their patients … that the art of medicine went to ruin.”

“The good physician treats the disease; the great physician treats the patient who has the disease.” – William Osler

“People pay the doctor for his trouble; for his kindness they still remain in his debt.” – Seneca

“As a GP, I think that reassurance is 90% of your job, but equally as important is how you deliver it.”

“The physician, who, having just forbidden his cardiac patient indulgence in tobacco, alcohol and amorous intimacies, was asked by the victim, ‘Tell me, doctor, if I give these things up, will I live longer?’ to which his physician replied with charm and candor, ‘No, but it’ll seem longer.’” – Bernard Meyer

“Though the doctors treated him, let his blood, and gave him medications to drink, he nevertheless recovered.” – Leo Tolstoy

“Study hard until you can say “I am a doctor” everything is gonna be alright.”

“Trust yourself. You know more than you think you do.” – Benjamin Spock

“Combating excess is a contemporary manifestation of a much older desire to avoid doing harm when we try to help or heal.”

I want to experience the most beautiful adrenaline rush of my life. A rush while taking medical pledge/oath.

Medical Aid Quotes

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“Those Burdens Are What Make Medicine Holy And Wholly Impossible: In Taking Up Another’s Cross, One Must Sometimes Get Crushed By The Weight.”

“It may seem a strange principle to enunciate as the very first requirement in a hospital that it should do the sick no harm.” – Florence Nightingale

“Everything Can Be Taken From A Man But One Thing: The Last Of The Human Freedoms—To Choose One’s Attitude In Any Given Set Of Circumstances, To Choose One’s Own Way.”

“It all starts by caring enough to engage the patient in the decision-making. Many people argue that ‘We don’t have time for this in the consultation. I’d rather just tell people what I think is best for them and then they can decide whether they want it or not.’”

“They’ve told us they’re suffering because of a lack of access to timely, effective care, confused by a system that is limited in the services it provides, that is cumbersome and almost too complex to navigate, and angered by a system that fails to put their needs first or even engage them about their health issues.” – Dr. Jeffrey Turnbull

“One day, people will thank you that you didn’t give up now.”

“The availability of good medical care tends to vary inversely with the need for it in the population served.” – JULIAN TUDOR HART

“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

“Prevention is better than cure’ is a terrible adage in a way, because it makes so much sort of obvious sense that no one really interrogates it properly. . . We have shifted a massive amount of resource within health services from the sick to the well, probably harming the well in the process, or at least some of them, and certainly harming the sick, because if you take resources, they have to come from somewhere.” – Dr Iona Heath

Learning medicine is more than just getting A on the exam and heal the patients. It is also about healing ourselves so we grow to be a better person.

Medical Student Quotes

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“I have always believed that the primary function of doctors should be to teach people how not to get sick in the first place. the word ‘doctor’ comes from the latin word for ‘teacher.’”

“We must accept finite disappointment but never lose infinite hope.” – Martin Luther King

“Out of your vulnerabilities will come your strength.” – Sigmund Freud

“Medicine should probably be leaving the well to be well instead of constantly trying to find something wrong with them.” – Dr Iona Heath

“The harder you’ll work for something, the greater you will feel when you’ll achieve it.”

“The chapter you are learning today is going to save someone’s life tomorrow. Pay attention.”

“The doctor sees all the weakness of mankind; the lawyer all the wickedness, the theologian all the stupidity.” – Arthur Schopenhauer

“The doctor of the future will give no medicine but will interest his patients in the care of the human frame, in diet and in the cause and prevention of disease.” – Thomas Edison

“Let me congratulate you on the choice of calling which offers a combination of intellectual and moral interests found in no other profession.” – Sir William Olser

“Sooner or later your work speaks for itself. Outlasting critics feel like it will take a very long time, but you’re more patient than they are.” – Seth Godin

“You don’t have to be brilliant to be a doctor. You have to be hardworking and have good character. That’s what makes good doctors.”

“Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.”

Sludy hord until one day you can say Trust Me, I'm your Doctor.

Inspiring Medical Quotes

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“So I told them the truth: the hours are terrible, the pay is terrible, the conditions are terrible; you’re underappreciated, unsupported, disrespected and frequently physically endangered. but there’s no better job in the world.”

“In Examining Disease, We Gain Wisdom About Anatomy And Physiology And Biology. In Examining The Person With Disease, We Gain Wisdom About Life.”

“If The Love Of Surgery Is A Proof Of A Person’s Being Adapted For It, Then Certainly I Am Fitted…What A High Degree Of Enjoyment I Am Having From Day To Day Experiencing In This Bloody And Butchering Department Of The Healing Art.”

“Medicine is a science of uncertainty and the art of probability.” – William Osler

“Always remember the privilege it is to be a physician.” – Daniel P. Logan

“Best clinical decisions are at the heart of appropriate care, the goal to which our system should aspire.” – Dr. Anna Reid

“Let Me Tell You The Secret That Has Led Me To My Goal. My Strength Lies Solely In My Tenacity.”

“I think it is possible for ordinary people to choose to be extraordinary.” – Elon Musk

“Do your best. One day, you will be someone’s hero.”

“Successful people do what unsuccessful people are not willing to do. Don’t wish it were easier; wish you were better.”

“The physician treats with words; within the physician-patient social system, the patient is moved by fears and other sentiments, and these are modified by the physician’s words and phrases. Physicians dispense not only medicines but words that influence medicines or, all by themselves, that affect the patient more than the medicine” – Dr Morgan Martin

“The difference between ordinary and extraordinary is that little ‘extra’.”

“Often the best medicine is no medicine at all, or the best intervention is no intervention at all. But those conversations with patients that take that time to explain that the evidence simply doesn’t support doing a test or prescribing a drug – are long conversations and it’s much easier in clinical practice to do things quickly and prescribe or order a test.” – Robyn Ward

“Drugs are not always necessary. Belief in recovery always is.” – Norman Cousins

“The physician’s highest calling, his only calling, is to make sick people healthy – to heal, as it is termed.” – Samuel Hahnemann

“Whenever you hear the consensus of scientists agrees on something or other, reach for your wallet, because you’re being had.” – Michael Crichton

“Do as much as possible for the patient, and as little as possible to the patient.” – Dr Bernard Lown

“Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.” – Albert Schweitzer

“Though fancy may be the patient’s complaint, necessity is often the doctor’s.” – Zimmermann

“He is the best physician who is the most ingenious inspirer of hope.” – Samuel Taylor Coleridge

“There is only one cardinal rule: one must always listen to the patient.”

Medicine really matured me as a person because, as a physician, you're obviously dealing with life and death issues [...] You can't get more serious than life and death. And if you can handle that, you can handle anything. (Ken Jeong)

Motivational Medical Quotes

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“We need more physicians on air. we understand the human being, experience and condition, and we need to be using media to deliver that. We cannot be afraid to entertain…”

“A Physician Is Obligated To Consider More Than A Diseased Organ, More Even Than The Whole Man – He Must View The Man In His World.”

“I have had dreams and I have had nightmares, but I have conquered my nightmares because of my dreams.” – Jonas Salk

“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. This means that in order to be a good doctor a man must also have a good character, that is to say, whatever weaknesses and foibles he may have, he must love his fellow human beings in the concrete and desire their good before his own.” – W. H. Auden

“To array a man’s will against his sickness is the supreme art of medicine.” – Henry Ward Beecher

“No matter how old you are, no matter how much you weigh, you can still control the health of your body.”

“A good physician treats the disease, the great physician treats the patient who has the disease.”

“Medical science is making such remarkable progress that soon none of us will be well.”

“The physician must be able to tell the antecedents, know the present, and foretell the future…to do good or to do no harm.”

“When a doctor does go wrong he is the first of criminals. He has nerve and he has knowledge.” – Arthur Conan Doyle

“If you aren’t willing to keep looking for light in the darkest of places without stopping even when it seems impossible, you will never succeed.”

“I will follow that system of regimen which, according to my ability and judgment, I consider for the benefit of my patients, and abstain from whatever is deleterious and mischievous.” – Hippocrates

“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

“Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves.” – Carl Jung

“When Health Is Absent, Wisdom Cannot Reveal Itself, Strength Cannot Fight, Intelligence Cannot Be Applied, Art Cannot Become Manifest, Wealth Becomes Useless.”

“I Hope That Some Day The Practice Of Producing Cowpox In Human Beings Will Spread Over The World – When That Day Comes, There Will Be No More Smallpox.”

“A surgeon is a doctor who can operate and who knows when not to.” – Theodor Kocher

“There are only two sorts of doctors: those who practice with their brains, and those who practice with their tongues.” – William Osler

“Mental Health Is The Final Frontier Of Medicine That We Need To Crack. So Many People Struggle On Feeling Lonely, Isolated, Unsupported, Lost And Unable To Cope. This Must Change.”

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

“The art of medicine was to be properly learned only from its practice and its exercise.” – Thomas Sydenham

“Only the healing art enables one to make a name for himself and at the same time give benefit to others.”

“Medicines cure diseases, but only doctors can cure patients.” – Carl Jung

“To study the phenomena of disease without books is to sail an uncharted sea, while to study books without patients is not to go to sea at all.” – William Osler

“As a medical doctor, it is my duty to evaluate the situation with as much data as i can gather and as much expertise as i have and as much experience as I have to determine whether or not the wish of the patient is medically justified.”

“Our goal: Drive the Triple Aim, simultaneously improving the health of the population, enhancing the experience and outcomes of the patient, and reducing per capita cost of care for the benefit of communities.” – The Institute For Healthcare Improvement

“Physicians and patients need to work together to pursue care that improves health, avoids harms and eliminates wasteful practices”

“It is much more important to know what sort of a patient has a disease than what sort of a disease a patient has.”

It's more important to understand the imbalances in your body's basic systems and restore balance. rather than name the disease and match the pill to the ill.

Medical Quotes About Life

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“Your time is limited, don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma, which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other’s opinions drown your own inner voice. Most importantly, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition, they somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.” – Steve Jobs

“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

“The purpose of a doctor or any human in general should not be to simply delay the death of the patient, but to increase the person’s quality of life. ”

“I want to experience the most beautiful adrenaline rush of my life. A rush while taking medical pledge/oath.”

“I don’t believe medical discoveries are doing much to advance human life. as fast as we create ways to extend it we are inventing ways to shorten it.”

“We get out of life what we put into it. The way we treat others is the way we ourselves get treated.” – Ben Carson

“The life so short, the craft so long to learn.” – Hippocrates

“Only a doctor can teach how to love life.”

“I have missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I have lost almost 300 games. 26 times I have been trusted to take the game-winning shot and missed. I have failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.” – Michael Jordan

“Life affords no greater responsibility, no greater privilege, than the raising of the next generation.” – C. Everett Koop

The doctor of the future will give no medicine, but will interest his patient in the care of the human frame, in diet and in the cause and prevention of disease. THOMAS EDISON

Final thoughts

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Medical science and healthcare have made tremendous progress over the years, with advancements in technology, research, and medical practices improving our understanding and treatment of various diseases and health conditions. These advances have led to longer life expectancies and improved quality of life for people worldwide.

However, despite these advancements, many challenges are still facing the medical field. Healthcare disparities and access to medical care remain significant issues, particularly in low-income and marginalized communities. Additionally, the emergence of new diseases and the evolution of existing ones threaten public health substantially.

Continued investment in research and development and efforts to improve healthcare infrastructure and access is critical to address these challenges. It is also essential to prioritize preventative healthcare measures, including healthy lifestyle choices and routine medical checkups, to catch health issues early and improve outcomes.

In conclusion, while medical science has come a long way, there is still much work to be done to ensure that everyone has access to quality healthcare and to continue advancing medical knowledge and practices for the benefit of all.

Follow these above medical quotes for medical students to study harder to advance toward their ultimate aim. Hopefully, give you more of a window into what practicing medicine can be like.


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  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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