Oneself Quotes (3 quotes)
Chief Seattle, of the Indians that inhabited the Seattle area, wrote a wonderful paper that has to do with putting oneself in tune with the universe. He said, Why should I lament the disappearance of my people! All things end, and the white man will find this out also. And this goes for the universe. One can be at peace with that. This doesnt mean that one shouldnt participate in efforts to correct the situation. But underlying the effort to change must be an at peace. To win a dog sled race is great. To lose is okay too.
On principle, there is nothing new in the postulate that in the end exact science should aim at nothing more than the description of what can really be observed. The question is only whether from now on we shall have to refrain from tying description to a clear hypothesis about the real nature of the world. There are many who wish to pronounce such abdication even today. But I believe that this means making things a little too easy for oneself.
The first [quality] to be named must always be the power of attention, of giving one's whole mind to the patient without the interposition of anything of oneself. It sounds simple but only the very greatest doctors ever fully attain it. The second thing to be striven for is intuition. This sounds an impossibility, for who can control that small quiet monitor? But intuition is only interference from experience stored and not actively recalled. The last aptitude I shall mention that must be attained by the good physician is that of handling the sick man's mind.