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George Shaw
(10 Dec 1751 - 22 Jul 1813)

English naturalist and anatomist.


Science Quotes by George Shaw (31 quotes)

A doctor’s reputation is made by the number of eminent men who die under his care.
— George Shaw
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Science quotes on:  |  Care (73)  |  Die (46)  |  Doctor (100)  |  Eminent (6)  |  Medicine (322)  |  Number (179)  |  Reputation (17)

A life spent in making mistakes is not only more honorable but more useful than a life spent doing nothing.
— George Shaw
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Science quotes on:  |  Honorable (5)  |  Life (917)  |  Mistake (107)  |  Nothing (267)  |  Spend (24)  |  Useful (66)

A Native American elder once described his own inner struggles in this manner: Inside of me there are two dogs. One of the dogs is mean and evil. The other dog is good. The mean dog fights the good dog all the time. When asked which dog wins, he reflected for a moment and replied, The one I feed the most.
— George Shaw
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Science quotes on:  |  Ask (99)  |  Describe (38)  |  Dog (39)  |  Elder (3)  |  Evil (67)  |  Feed (22)  |  Fight (37)  |  Good (228)  |  Inner (27)  |  Inside (16)  |  Manner (35)  |  Mean (63)  |  Moment (61)  |  Native American (3)  |  Reflect (17)  |  Reply (18)  |  Struggle (60)  |  Time (439)  |  Win (25)

Alcohol is the anesthesia by which we endure the operation of life.
— George Shaw
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Science quotes on:  |  Alcohol (16)  |  Anesthesia (4)  |  Endure (12)  |  Life (917)  |  Operation (96)

All great truths begin as blasphemies.
— George Shaw
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Science quotes on:  |  Begin (52)  |  Blasphemy (4)  |  Great (300)  |  Truth (750)

Few people think more than two or three times a year. I have made an international reputation for myself by thinking once or twice a week.
— George Shaw
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Science quotes on:  |  International (18)  |  Myself (22)  |  People (269)  |  Reputation (17)  |  Think (205)  |  Time (439)  |  Twice (11)  |  Week (8)  |  Year (214)

I hear you say “Why?” Always “Why?” You see things; and you say “Why?” But I dream things that never were; and I say “Why not?”
— George Shaw
The Serpent. Quoted in Kim Lim (ed.), 1,001 Pearls of Spiritual Wisdom: Words to Enrich, Inspire, and Guide Your Life (2014), 121
Science quotes on:  |  Dream (92)  |  Hear (33)  |  Say (126)  |  See (197)

If all economists were laid end to end, they would not reach a conclusion.
— George Shaw
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Science quotes on:  |  Conclusion (120)  |  Economist (13)  |  End (141)  |  Laid (3)  |  Reach (68)

Let no one suppose that the words doctor and patient can disguise from the parties the fact that they are employer and employee.
— George Shaw
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Science quotes on:  |  Disguise (8)  |  Doctor (100)  |  Employee (3)  |  Fact (609)  |  Let (30)  |  Medicine (322)  |  Party (16)  |  Patient (116)  |  Suppose (29)  |  Word (221)

Life is no brief candle to me. It is a sort of splendid torch which I have got a hold of for the moment, and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it on to future generations.
— George Shaw
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Science quotes on:  |  Brief (14)  |  Burn (29)  |  Candle (19)  |  Future (229)  |  Generation (111)  |  Hand (103)  |  Hold (56)  |  Life (917)  |  Moment (61)  |  Possible (100)  |  Sort (32)  |  Splendid (8)  |  Torch (7)  |  Want (120)

Make it compulsory for a doctor using a brass plate to have inscribed on it, in addition to the letters indicating his qualifications, the words 'Remember that I too am mortal.'
— George Shaw
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Science quotes on:  |  Addition (22)  |  Brass (4)  |  Compulsory (6)  |  Doctor (100)  |  Indicate (10)  |  Letter (36)  |  Medicine (322)  |  Mortal (19)  |  Plate (5)  |  Qualification (7)  |  Remember (53)  |  Word (221)

No question is so difficult to answer as that which the answer is obvious.
— George Shaw
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Science quotes on:  |  Answer (201)  |  Difficult (62)  |  Obvious (54)  |  Question (315)

Nobody supposes that doctors are less virtuous than judges; but a judge whose salary and reputation depended on whether the verdict was for plaintiff or defendant, prosecutor or prisoner, would be as little trusted as a general in the pay of the enemy.
— George Shaw
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Science quotes on:  |  Defendant (2)  |  Depend (56)  |  Doctor (100)  |  Enemy (52)  |  General (92)  |  Judge (43)  |  Less (54)  |  Little (126)  |  Medicine (322)  |  Nobody (38)  |  Pay (30)  |  Prisoner (7)  |  Reputation (17)  |  Salary (4)  |  Suppose (29)  |  Trust (40)  |  Verdict (3)  |  Virtuous (3)

People exaggerate the value of things they haven’t got: everybody worships truth and unselfishness because they have no experience with them.
— George Shaw
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Science quotes on:  |  Everybody (16)  |  Exaggerate (3)  |  Experience (268)  |  People (269)  |  Truth (750)  |  Value (180)  |  Worship (22)

Science is always simple and profound. It is only the half truths that are dangerous.
— George Shaw
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Science quotes on:  |  Dangerous (45)  |  Half (35)  |  Profound (46)  |  Science (1699)  |  Simple (111)  |  Truth (750)

Science is always wrong, it never solves a problem without creating ten more.
— George Shaw
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Science quotes on:  |  Create (98)  |  Problem (362)  |  Science (1699)  |  Solve (41)  |  Wrong (116)

Success covers a multitude of blunders.
— George Shaw
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Science quotes on:  |  Blunder (13)  |  Cover (23)  |  Multitude (14)  |  Success (202)

The golden rule is that there are no golden rules.
— George Shaw
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Science quotes on:  |  Golden (11)  |  Rule (135)

The greatest problem of communication is the illusion that it has been achieved.
— George Shaw
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Science quotes on:  |  Achieve (36)  |  Communication (58)  |  Great (300)  |  Illusion (38)  |  Problem (362)

The most tragic thing in the world is a sick doctor.
— George Shaw
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Science quotes on:  |  Doctor (100)  |  Medicine (322)  |  Sick (23)  |  Tragic (8)  |  World (667)

The one lesson that comes out of all our theorizing and experimenting is that there is only one really scientific progressive method; and that is the method of trial and error.
— George Shaw
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Science quotes on:  |  Experiment (543)  |  Lesson (32)  |  Method (154)  |  Really (50)  |  Trial And Error (5)

The only man who behaved sensibly was my tailor; he took my measurement anew every time he saw me, while all the rest went on with their old measurements and expected them to fit me.
— George Shaw
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Science quotes on:  |  Anew (5)  |  Behave (13)  |  Expect (27)  |  Fit (31)  |  Measurement (148)  |  Old (104)  |  Rest (64)  |  See (197)  |  Tailor (2)  |  Time (439)

The power of accurate observation is commonly called cynicism by those who have not got it.
— George Shaw
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Science quotes on:  |  Accurate (21)  |  Call (68)  |  Commonly (7)  |  Cynicism (4)  |  Observation (418)  |  Power (273)

There is no love sincerer than the love of food.
— George Shaw
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Science quotes on:  |  Food (139)  |  Love (164)

We are made wise not by the recollection of our past, but by the responsibility for our future.
— George Shaw
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Science quotes on:  |  Future (229)  |  Past (109)  |  Recollection (8)  |  Responsibility (47)  |  Wise (43)

We learn from experience that men never learn anything from experience.
— George Shaw
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Science quotes on:  |  Experience (268)  |  Learn (160)

What is the use of straining after an amiable view of things, when a cynical view is most likely to be the true one?
— George Shaw
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Science quotes on:  |  Amiable (5)  |  Likely (23)  |  Strain (8)  |  True (120)  |  View (115)

What we want is to see the child in pursuit of knowledge, and not knowledge in pursuit of the child.
— George Shaw
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Science quotes on:  |  Child (189)  |  Knowledge (1128)  |  Pursuit (55)  |  See (197)  |  Want (120)

When I was young I observed that nine out of every ten things I did were failures, so I did ten times more work.
— George Shaw
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Science quotes on:  |  Failure (118)  |  Observe (48)  |  Time (439)  |  Work (457)  |  Young (72)

When men die of disease they are said to die from natural causes. When they recover (and mostly they do) the doctor gets the credit of curing them.
— George Shaw
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Science quotes on:  |  Cause (231)  |  Credit (16)  |  Cure (88)  |  Die (46)  |  Disease (257)  |  Doctor (100)  |  Medicine (322)  |  Natural (128)  |  Recover (5)  |  Say (126)

When two people are under the influence of the most violent, most insane, most delusive, and most transient of passions, they are required to swear that they will remain in that exalted, abnormal, and exhausting condition continuously until death do them part.
— George Shaw
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Science quotes on:  |  Abnormal (4)  |  Condition (119)  |  Continuously (7)  |  Death (270)  |  Exalted (8)  |  Exhaust (12)  |  Influence (110)  |  Insane (7)  |  Part (146)  |  Passion (54)  |  People (269)  |  Remain (77)  |  Require (33)  |  Swear (3)  |  Transient (5)  |  Violent (15)



Quotes by others about George Shaw (1)

[I] browsed far outside science in my reading and attended public lectures - Bertrand Russell, H. G. Wells, Huxley, and Shaw being my favorite speakers. (The last, in a meeting at King's College, converted me to vegetarianism - for most of two years!).
Autobiography collected in Gardner Lindzey (ed.), A History of Psychology in Autobiography (1973), Vol. 6, 64.
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