100 Inspiring Quotes for Doctors

Last updated Apr 8, 2021 | Published on Apr 8, 2021

Being a doctor is a privilege.

As per the words of Sir William Osler, “Let me congratulate you on the choice of calling which offers you the choice of intellectual and moral interests found in no other profession.”

According to Lewis Thomas, “Doctors, once dressed up in one professional costume or another, have been in busy practice since the earliest records of every culture on the earth. It is hard to think of a more dependable or enduring occupation, harder still to imagine any future events leading to its extinction.”

Martin H. Fischer uttered that  “A doctor must work eighteen hours a day and seven days a week. If you cannot console yourself to this, get out of this profession.” Despite this being a much stronger statement, it reflects our profession is all about dedication and sacrifice.

March 30th of every year is celebrated as “National Doctors’ Day” in the United States. On this day, we dedicate 100 inspiring quotes for doctors.

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Thank you quotes for doctors and nurses

“In nothing do men more nearly approach the gods than in giving health to men.” – Cicero

“Medicines can cure diseases, but only doctors can cure patients.” – Carl Jung.

“People pay the doctor for his trouble; for his kindness, they still remain in his debt.” – Seneca.

“The doctors of the future will give no medicine but will interest his patients in the care of the human frame, in diet and in cause and prevention of disease.” – Thomas Edison.

“Patients who trust their doctors and have a psychological expectation of getting better could trigger a reaction in their body.” – Irving Krisch.

“The simple act of caring is heroic.” – Edward Albert.

“From caring comes courage.” – Lao Tzu.

“He is the best physician who is the most ingenious inspirer of hope.” – Samuel Taylor Coleridge.

“Whoever saves the life of one person, it shall be as if he had saved the life of mankind.” – Quran.

“The best doctors give the least medicine.” – Benjamin Franklin.

“There is no such thing as an infallible doctor” – Edward E Rosenbaum.

“As doctors, we are not trained to communicate and understand the power of our words as it is related to patient’s ability and desire to survive” – Bernie Siegel

“Medicine heals doubt as well as medicine.” – Karl Marx

“Do as much as possible for the patient, and as little as possible to the patient.” – Sigmund Freud

“Physicians and patients need to work together to pursue care that improves health, avoid harm and eliminate wasteful practices.” – Dr. Amir Qaseem

“You need to get a good bedside manner with doctors or you will get nowhere” – William S. Burroughs

“I am just really, really thankful. I am thankful to the doctors.” – Natalie Cole

“I am lucky: I have a fantastic doctor and a fantastic dentist.” – Anna Deavere

 “One cannot be deeply responsive to the world without being saddened often.” – Erich Fromm

“A good doctor’s comforting and reassuring words are sometimes more powerful than the medicines.”

“You have been much more to me than just a doctor. You have been my therapist, supporter, friend, well-wisher, and angel in disguise. Thank you.”

“I will be able to thank you for your medical services by paying my dues, but I will never be able to thank you enough for all the support and advice you gave me as a friend. Thanks, doctor.”

“Any doctor can prescribe, but only a few good ones can really heal. You are the latter. Thanks.”

“Apart from your MD, I certify that you have the following skills – Good Listener, Lots of Patience, and a Caring attitude. Thanks, doc.”

Thank you quotes for doctors and nurses during Covid-19

“Thank you for what you do. We love you.” – Billie Eilish.

“Thank you endlessly to the doctors, nurses, and all frontline healthcare workers. Let’s continue to do our part to help them out.” – Mandy Moore

“We’re all facing a tremendous amount of fear and uncertainty at a time like this. You’re not immune to that, I know. And yet, there you are.” – Director Ron Howard.

Below are quotes of some anonymous patients who contribute their word of thanks to all generous doctors and nurses.

“There aren’t words to express gratitude for all you’re doing at work and all you’re sacrificing at home. So even though it’s not nearly enough, thank you so much for all you’re doing!”

“I appreciate every one of you. This hits close to home. As many of you may have families, know that you are not alone. They say heroes come and go but legends never die and you guys are living legends. Because of you, we are safe. Thank you so much. Much love and respect.”

Future doctor quotes

“Those who choose to become doctors do it because they have to heal.” – Alexandra Fuller.

“Always remember the privilege it is to be a physician.” – Daniel P. Logan, MD.

“We practice medicine that our historical ancestors could only dream of, and we have access to amazing treatments and cures for our patients on a daily basis.” – Suni Dhand. MD

“The doctor of the future will be oneself” – Albert Schweitzer.

“Medicine is only for those who cannot imagine doing anything else” – Luanda Grazette.

“To study the phenomena of disease without books is to sail an uncharted sea, while to study books without patients is not to go to sea at all.” – Dr. William Osler

“During my college life, I learnt that Medicine is not a career, but a love for humanity” – Kate Ackert.

“When a man goes through six years training to be a doctor, he will not be the same. He knows too much.” – Enid Bagnold.

“Observation, Reason, Human understanding, Courage, these make the physician.” – Martin Fischer.

“The greater the ignorance, the greater the dogmatism” – Dr. William Osler

“The purpose of the doctor or any human, in general, should not be to simply delay the death of the patient but to increase the quality of life.” – Patch Adams

“Wherever the art of medicine is loved, there is also a love of humanity.” – Hippocrates

Some other anonymous future doctor quotes

“The chapter you are learning today is going to save someone’s life tomorrow.”

“You are going to handle patients at the hospital, and you think you cannot handle these study stresses?”

“Somebody’s life will be in your hands one day.”

“Medicine is more than a career. It is a lifestyle.”

“If you cannot wake up in the middle of the night for studying, then how will you wake up and save a life?”

“Don’t quit!! You will look the prettiest in the white coat.”

“Your devotion and care will bring healing, comfort, and hope.”

“Studying medicine is like true love. You will suffer, fail, learn, fail again, fight and grow, but you will never let it go.”

“Becoming a doctor is a beautiful way to save lives.”

Funny Doctor Quotes

“Shouldn’t we be told no to many pharmaceuticals in the same way we are told to say no to drugs?” – Dr. Franklin Lipman.

“I told the doctor I broke my leg in two places. He told me to quit going to those places.” – Henny Youngman

“I went to the doctors the other day and said, ‘Have you got anything for wind?’.So he gave me a kite.” – Tommy Cooper.

“My doctor is wonderful. Once I couldn’t afford an operation, he touched up the X-rays” – Joey Bishop.

“An apple a day keeps the doctor away, but if the doctor is cute, forget the fruit.”

“Happy Doctors day to those who convinced me that I wasn’t dying after a website convinced me I was.”

“Thanks to my doctor for keeping me healthy so I can save my sick days for when I am not sick.”

Best doctor quotes

“I am a doctor – it’s a profession that may be considered a special mission, a devotion. It calls for involvement, respect, and willingness to help all other people.” – Eva Kopacz.

“A doctor gave a man six months to live. He could not pay his bills, so he gave him another six months.” – Walter Matthau.

“A doctor is not a mechanic. A car does not react to the mechanic, but the human being does.” – Randa Heines.

“A good physician treats the disease, a great physician treats the patient who has the disease.” – William Osler.

“The most tragic thing in this world is a sick doctor” – George Bernard Shaw

“There has never been a doctor who served many patients who despite their best efforts did not lose some of them to death. But they understood that was a part of life itself.” – Zig Ziglar.

“It is important to know what sort of a person has a disease than to know what sort of disease a person has.” – William Osler.

“A physician who treats himself has a fool for a patient.” – Dr. William Osler

“The most exquisite pleasure in the practice of medicine comes from nudging a layman in the direction of terror, then bringing him back to safety again.” – Kurt Vonnegut Jr.

“Each patient carries a doctor inside him.” – Norman cousin.

“A doctor whose breath smells has no right to medical opinion.” – Martin H. Fischer.

“I am not a doctor. I just have a tremendous amount of common sense.” – Steve Harvey.

 “Doctors always think anybody doing something they aren’t a quack.” – Flannery O’Connor.

“A doctor is a man who writes prescriptions, till the patient either dies or is cured by nature.” – John Taylor.

“Our profession is the only one which works unceasingly to annihilate itself.” – Martin H. Fischer.

“For each illness that doctors cure with medicine, they provoke ten in healthy people by inoculating them with the virus that is a thousand times more powerful than any microbe: the idea that one is ill.” – Marcel Proust.

“My doctor is nice; every time I see him, I’m ashamed of what I think of doctors in general.” – Mignon McLaughlin.

“Some people think that doctors and nurses can put scrambled eggs back in the shell.” – Cass Canfield.

“Doctors make the worst patients. The best patients are the ones who ask a lot of questions and keep an open mind.” – Neil Melendez.

“You really can change the world if you care enough.” – Marian Wright Edelmen

“Doctors are always working to preserve our health.” – Dennis Diderot

“Healthcare is between the doctor and the patient. If the doctor says something needs to be done, the government should guarantee it gets paid for.” – Michael Moore

“The man who doctors himself with the aid of medical books, runs the risk of dying of a typographical error.” – Evan Essar

“Medicine is intention. Those who are proficient enough at using intention are good doctors.” – Sun Simiao

Anonymous Best doctor quotes

“Healing is an art. It takes time, it takes practice, It takes love.”

“You cannot save the world, but you can save the man right in front of you.”

“God cannot come for us all the time, that is why he sent doctors for us.”

“Doctor is the profession where knowledge, power, and heart come together.”

“Doctor is a person who gives people an opportunity for a healthy tomorrow.”

“Every patient is a doctor after his cure; never do it and say thanks to the doctor for giving the best service.”

Quotes on wishing doctors on the National Doctors Day 2021:

“It is not healthy who needs a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.” – Jesus Christ.

“The doctor should be opaque to his patients, and like a mirror, should show them nothing but what is shown to him.” — Sigmund Freud.

“ The art of medicine consists of amusing the patient while nature cures the disease.” – Voltaire

Anonymous quotes wishing doctors on National Doctors Day 2021

“Not everyone gets a chance to thank their doctors. This day I thank God for bringing such a great doctor into my life. Thanks a lot for everything that you have done for me. Happy Doctor’s Day 2021.”

“Not everyone can become a doctor because not everyone has the knowledge, skill, and patience to offer his services selflessly to the patients…. Wishing a very Happy Doctor’s Day to our highly inspiring doctor.”

“In order to be a good doctor, a man must have a good character. Whatever weaknesses and foibles he may have, he must overcome his fellow human beings in the concrete and desire his good before his own.” Happy Doctors Day 2021.

“I am always sincerely thankful to the world’s best doctor, who is so kind and nice to help the patient and make the recovery fast. I wish as you spread smiles on the other’s life, God will bless you with many smiles on your face. Happy Doctor’s Day!”

“The nightmare of my illness slowly became a dream of recovery, all thanks to a wonderful doctor who changed my destiny. Thanks, doc.”

“It’s great to know there is always a doctor in the house when I need one! Happy Doctor’s Day!”

Final compliments

“Doctors are great as long as you don’t need them.” – Edward E. Rosenbaum.

“In the wealthiest nation on Earth, no one should go broke just because they get sick.” – Barack Obama

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