Abraham Flexner Quotes | Quotes by Abraham Flexner

1The student is to collect and evaluate facts. The facts are locked up in the patient.

2Medical education is not just a program for building knowledge and skills in its recipients... it is also an experience which creates attitudes and expectations.

3We must not overlook the role that extremists play. They are the gadflies that keep society from being too complacent or self-satisfied; they are, if sound, the spearhead of progress. If they are fundamentally wrong, free discussion will in time put an end to them.

4The new naval treaty permits the United States to spend a billion dollars on warships-a sum greater than has been accumulated by all our endowed institutions of learning in their entire history. Unintelligence could go no further! ... In Great Britain, the situation is similar. ... Until the figures are reversed, ... nations deceive themselves as to what they care about most.

5We feel strongly that the spirit characteristic of America at its noblest, above all the pursuit of higher learning, cannot admit of any conditions as to personnel other than those designed to promote the objects for which this institution is established, and particularly with no regard whatever to accidents of race, creed, or sex.

6Science, in the very act of solving problems, creates more of them.

7Nations have recently been led to borrow billions for war; no nation has ever borrowed largely for education... no nation is rich enough to pay for both war and civilization. We must make our choice; we cannot have both.

8We must not overlook the role that extremists play. They are the gadflies that keep society from being too complacent.

9The real enemy is the man who tries to mold the human spirit so that it will not dare to spread its wings.

10Curiosity, which may or may not eventuate in something useful, is probably the most outstanding characteristic of modern thinking ... Institutions of learning should be devoted to the cultivation of curiosity, and the less they are deflected by the consideration of immediacy of application, the more likely they are to contribute not only to human welfare, but to the equally important satisfaction of intellectual interest, which may indeed be said to have become the ruling passion of intellectual life in modern times.

Abraham Flexner Quotes

11A patient had a 50-50 chance of benefiting from visiting a physician as of 1910. Medicine was more like voodoo than science until the 20th Century.

12Mathematicians, like cows in the dark, all look alike to me.

13You have had your last bad meal. But, you have also heard your last honest compliment, and you have lost your last true friend.

14The world in which we live is the only world about which our senses can testify.

15At no period of [Michael Faraday's] unmatched career was he interested in utility. He was absorbed in disentangling the riddles of the universe, at first chemical riddles, in later periods, physical riddles. As far as he cared, the question of utility was never raised. Any suspicion of utility would have restricted his restless curiosity. In the end, utility resulted, but it was never a criterion to which his ceaseless experimentation could be subjected.

16There are men who teach best by not teaching at all.