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Sunday, May 12, 2013

Wit and Wisdom from the RT Cave

The following are wit and wisdom previously featured on RT Cave:
  1. Silence
  2. It's easier to criticize a doctor than to be one.
  3. If you're ignorant then you are not telling a lie, you are just ignorant.
  4. Wisdom that is not expressed is like an Albuterol treatment for pneumonia -- both are useless. But a person who hides behind ignorance is better than one who keep his wisdom to himself.
  5. Brevity is the soul of wisdom.  Albuterol is the soul of doctors.
  6. Albuterol is God's medicine. Everybody ought to bathe in it. Grim care, moroseness, anxiety, - all this rust of life, ought to be scoured off by the mist of Ventolin. It is better than mirth and even better than emery. Every man ought to rub himself with it.
  7. If 80% of what we did wasn't useless we'd probably care more 
  8. An RTs best friend is a patient who refuses what's not needed 
  9. If it weren't for ignorance most of what we RTs did wouldn't be a waste of time. Yet if we got rid of all ignorant people there'd be no one left on earth. 
  10. The best of all gifts around any Christmas tree: the presence of a happy family all wrapped up in each other. ~Burton Hillis
  11. When you talk you only hear things you already know. When you listen you learn new things. Chinese proverb 
  12. I thought I was wrong once but I was mistaken." nurse
  13. Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever. Indian philosopher 
  14. No matter what you say is the wrong thing, and that's why it's better just to stay silent. me 
  15. Words are open to interpretation, and therefore it's wiser to not use words at all.
  16. If words offend you then you will never learn. 
  17. If you are afraid to make mistakes you will never learn-- friend
  18. I thought I was wrong once, but I was mistaken -- friend
  19. Epictetus: The key is to keep company only with people who uplift you, whose presence calls forth your best. 
  20. Epictetus: The essence of philosophy is that a man should so live that his happiness shall depend as little as possible on external things.
  21. What is smart? Education doesn't make you smart, in fact education can corrupt you. You can have a Harvard degree and still make stupid decisions. You have people with little education running successful businesses. So education doesn't make you smart. What makes you smart is common sense. What makes you smart is knowing how to apply the wisdom you learn.
  22. Silence shows you care
  23. Give your kids enough to do something, but not enough to do nothing
  24. If the stupid read this blog, they don't stay stupid long. They either leave or they become smart.
  25. The nature of medical causation is such that it takes as much time and trouble to rectify an error as to establish the truth. Thus it may require the experience of one man's life to arrive at some plausible theory, and the counter-experience of another man's life to show that it is false." Late 19th century writer
  26. "The purpose of education, of thought -- of life, even -- is to clarify our ideas so we can develop knowledge instead of opinion." Norman Cantor 
  27. Epictetus: There is only one way to happiness and that is to cease worrying about things which are beyond the power of our will.
  28. Epictetus: To accuse others for one's own misfortunes is a sign of want of education. To accuse oneself shows that one's education has begun. To accuse neither oneself nor others shows that one's education is complete.'
  29. "The purpose of education, of thought -- of life, even -- is to clarify our ideas so we can develop knowledge instead of opinion." Norman Cantor 
  30. Ignorance and low-grade minds are the cause of fanaticism and superstition. When such people become leaders of mankind, they become the molders of public opinion.
  31. Take time to think, and think for yourself.
  32. He who would serve the cause of truth in science must be, above all, a free thinker." Ptolemy
  33. Kind words are more effective than the best of gifts, and if you are really concerned, you will give both. (Sirach 18:17)
  34. You're going to spend more mornings getting up to go to work than to school, so choose a career you'll enjoy doing -- Career Counselor 
  35. "You can take all the money in the world and distribute it equally. 5 years latter the poor will be poor again and the rich will be rich again." Grandpa Frea
  36. Ventilitize: The process of loading up a patient with so much ventolin there will be no further need for hospitalization.
  37. Kind words are more effective than the best of gifts, and if you are really concerned, you will give both.  (Sirach 18:17)
  38. A hero only comes around when one is desperately needed  
  39. The elderly are the seat of wisdom in any society. They are the sages who help us get through life by making wise decisions, and by sticking to principles that hold any society together.
  40. "My concern is not whether God is on our side; my greatest concern is to be on God's side, for God is always right." Abraham Lincoln.

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