Abraham Verghese Quotes

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  • We know the average American physician interrupts their patient in 14 seconds.

  • When you win, you often lose, that's just a fact. There's no currency to straighten a warped spirit, or open a closed heart, a selfish heart.

  • The most important innovation in medicine to come in the next 10 years: the power of the human hand.

  • Though I am fascinated by knowledge, I am even more fascinated by wisdom.

  • Make something beautiful of your life.

  • A rich man's faults are covered with money, but a surgeon's faults are covered with earth.

    Abraham Verghese (2012). “Cutting for Stone”, p.121, Random House India
  • Life, too, is like that. You live it forward, but understand it backward. It is only when you stop and look to the rear that you see the corpse caught under your wheel.

  • Pray tell us, what's your favorite number?

  • She died chasing greatness and never saw it each time it was in her hand, so she kept seeking it elsewhere, but never understood the work required to get it or to keep it.

  • She felt the familiar calmness of an emergency, but she understood the falseness of that feeling, now that it was her life at stake.

    Abraham Verghese (2012). “Cutting for Stone”, p.42, Random House India
  • Your job is to preserve yourself, not to descend into their hole. It's a relief when you arrive at this place, the point of absurdity, because then you are free, you owe them nothing.

    Abraham Verghese (2012). “Cutting for Stone”, p.273, Random House India
  • Not only our actions, but also our omissions, become our destiny.

  • We come unbidden into this life, and if we are lucky we find a purpose beyond starvation, misery, and early death which, lest we forget, is the common lot. I grew up and I found my purpose and it was to become a physician. My intent wasn't to save the world as much as to heal myself. Few doctors will admit this, certainly not young ones, but subconsciously, in entering the profession, we must believe that ministering to others will heal our woundedness. And it can. but it can also deepen the wound.

  • You live it forward, but understand it backward.

    Abraham Verghese (2012). “Cutting for Stone”, p.11, Random House India
  • That's the funny thing about America--the blessed thing. As many people as there are to hold you back, there are angels whose humanity makes up for all the others. I've had my share of angels.

  • Students undergo a conversion in the third year of medical school - not pre-clinical to clinical, but pre-cynical to cynical.

  • My VIP patients often regret so many things on their deathbeds. They regret the bitterness they'll leave in people's hearts. They realize the no money, no church service, no eulogy, no funeral procession no matter how elaborate, can remove the legacy of a mean spirit.

    Abraham Verghese (2012). “Cutting for Stone”, p.255, Random House India
  • The only way to know where you are is by where you have just been.

  • The crookedness of the serpent is still straight enough to slide through the snake hole.

    Abraham Verghese (2012). “Cutting for Stone”, p.385, Random House India
  • Yesterday misspent can't be recall'd Vanity makes beauty contemptible Wisdom is more valuable than riches.

  • You are an instrument of God. Don't leave the instrument sitting in its case, my son. Play! Leave no part of your instrument unexplored. Why settle for 'Three Blind Mice' when you can can play the 'Gloria'? No, not Bach's 'Gloria.' Yours! Your 'Gloria' lives within you. The greatest sin is not finding it, ignoring what God made possible in you.

  • According to Shiva, life is in the end about fixing holes. Shiva didn't speak in metaphors. fixing holes is precisely what he did. Still, it's an apt metaphor for our profession. But there's another kind of hole, and that is the wound that divides family. Sometimes this wound occurs at the moment of birth, sometimes it happens later. We are all fixing what is broken. It is the task of a lifetime. We'll leave much unfinished for the next generation.

  • I love to read poetry but I haven't written anything that I'm willing to show anybody.

  • A beautiful literary collection that tells of today's country doctor, somewhat removed from our romantic black-bag image of days gone by, but still fulfilling an essential need in caring for spread-out populations. At times, with today's advances in technology, medicine in rural America looks very like it does in America's cities, but the variety of practices is enormous. The Country Doctor Revisited captures the trials and tribulations of medicine, but also the satisfaction and the extraordinary rewards that come to those who embrace such a practice.

  • The world turns on our every action, and our every omission, whether we know it or not.

    "Cutting for Stone". Book by Abraham Verghese, 2009.
  • I always wondered if the good people who send us bibles really think that hookworm and hunger are healed by scripture? Our patients are illiterate.

    Abraham Verghese (2012). “Cutting for Stone”, p.113, Random House India
  • When I use the word 'healing', by that I mean that every disease has a physical element that we're very good at handling, but there's always a sense of the violation. 'Why me?' 'Why is my leg broken on the ski trip and not anyone else's?' And I think that medicine has done a terrible job of addressing that spiritual violation.

    "A Novel That's the Best Medicine". Interview with Tina Brown, www.thedailybeast.com. February 11, 2009.
  • He had so many ways of climbing into the tree house in his head, escaping the madness below, and pulling the ladder up behind him.

  • Tell us please, what treatment in an emergency is administered by ear?"....I met his gaze and I did not blink. "Words of comfort," I said to my father.

  • The key to your happiness is to own your slippers, own who you are, own how you look, own your family, own the talents you have, and own the ones you don't. If you keep saying your slippers aren't yours, then you'll die searching, you'll die bitter, always feeling you were promised more. Not only our actions, but also our omissions, become our destiny.

    "Cutting for Stone". Book by Abraham Verghese, www.sfgate.com. 2009.
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