PHYSICIAN, n. One upon whom we set our hopes when ill and our dogs when well.
From the Devil’s Dictionary, by Ambrose Bierce
I wonder what it must have been like, what dignity it must have conferred on children of the Iroquois confederacy that any child over three was welcome to speak about matters of group importance in the tribal council.
Aurora Levins Morales, in Medicine Stories: History, Culture and the Politics of Integrity
You live it forward, but understand it backward.
Abraham Verghese, on life, from Cutting for Stone