1. "I knew medicine only by its absence - specifically, the absence of a father growing up."
2. "...My worried mother thoroughly interrogated me regarding every drug teenagers take, never suspecting that the most intoxicating thing I'd experienced, by far, was the volume of romantic poetry she'd handed me the previous week."
3. "Books became my closest confidants, finely ground lenses providing new views on the world."
4. "In our rare reflective moments, we were all silently apologizing to our cadavers, not because we sensed the transgression but because we did not."
5. "Drowning, even in blood, one adapts, learn to float, to swim, even to enjoy life."
6. "As a resident, my highest ideal was not saving lives - everyone dies eventually - but guiding a patient or family to an understanding of death or illness."
7. "When there's no place for the scalpel, words are the surgeon's only tool."
8. "You can't ever reach perfection, but you can believe in an asymptote toward which you are ceaselessly striving."
9. "People often ask if it is a calling, and my answer is yes. You can't see it as a job, because if it's a job, it's the worst one there is."
10. "The good news is I've already outlived two Brontës, Keats, and Stephen Crane. The bad news is that I haven't written anything."
original by barefootmeds