"The record of one's life must needs prove more interesting to him who writes it than to him who reads what has been written."
"Some minds remain open long enough for the truth not only to enter but to pass through by way of a ready exit without pausing anywhere along the route."
"... it is easier to recount grievances and slights than it is to set down a broad redress of such grievances and slights. The reason is that one fears to be thought of as an arrant braggart."
"He looked at the book, took my name, and consulted his records. Then he informed me I had been lost at sea and was dead. Under the circumstances, he could not possibly give me any money... Even the fact that he was dealing with someone who had been dead for several days failed to awaken interest in his official heart."
"O sleep, O gentle sleep, I thought gratefully, Nature's gentle nurse."
"Fortunately, perhaps, I was completely ignorant of the orthodox theory of the disease (polio-myelitis)."
"My mother used to say, 'He who angers you, conquers you!' But my mother was a saint."
"... panic plays no part in the training of a nurse."
"A measure of victory has been won, and honors have been bestowed in token thereof. But honours fade or are forgotten, and monuments crumble into dust. It is the battle itself that matters - and the battle must go on."
"His response was remarkable for its irrelevance, if for nothing else."
"I was wholly unprepared for the extraordinary attitude of the medical world in its readiness to condemn anything that smacked of reform or that ran contrary to approved methods of practice."