The Collison Newsletter December 2012


for the New Year 2013*



A man who views the world the same at fifty as he did at twenty has wasted thirty years of his life.

Muhammad Ali

Soap and water and common sense are the best disinfectants.

William Osler

Fall seven times, stand up eight.

Japanese Proverb

When one door closes another door opens; but we so so often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door, that we do not see the ones which open for us.

Alexander Graham Bell

Drugs are not always necessary. Belief in recovery is.

Norman Cousins

As a man thinks in his heart, so is he.

Proverbs 23:17

All know the Way, but few actually walk it.


Diagnosis is not the end, but the beginning of practice.

Martin H. Fischer

If you want to see the rainbow .. .... you have to put up with the rain.

Unknown Author

Walking is man's best medicine.


I have never met a man so ignorant that I couldn't learn something from him.

Galileo Galilei

A man's as miserable as he thinks he is.

Lucius Annaeus Seneca

If you never change your mind, why have one?

Edward de Bono

It is a wise mans part, rather to avoid sickness, than to wishe for medicines.

Thomas More

Education is teaching children to desire the right things.


Poisons and medicines are oftentimes the same substances given with different intents.

Peter Mere Latham

A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.

Proverbs 17:22

When it is dark enough, you can see the stars.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Do just once what others say you can't do, and you will never pay attention to their limitations again.

James Cook

Instead of giving myself reasons why I can't, I give myself reasons why I can.

Unknown Author

The possibilities are numerous once we decide to act and not react.

George Bernard Shaw

Believe you can and you're halfway there.

Theodore Roosevelt

Hope is like the sun, which, as we journey towards it, casts the shadow of our burden behind us.

Samuel Smiles

You cannot plough a field by turning it over in your mind.

Unknown Author

Primum non nocerum (First do no harm).


Confirmation Bias is the tendency to see things in your environment that confirm your preconceived ideas and not see things that conflict with whatever you believe.

William Landay

Here's good advice for practice: go into partnership with nature; she does more than half of the work and asks none of the fee.

Martin H. Fisher

Symptoms, then, are in reality nothing more than a cry from suffering organs.

Jean Martin Charcot

Cancer is a word, not a sentence.

John Diamond

You must do the thing you think you cannot do.

Eleanor Roosevelt

A doctor who cannot take a good history and a patient who cannot give one are in danger of giving and receiving bad treatment.

Unknown Author

A memory is what is left when something happens and does not completely unhappen.

Edward de Bono

A quarrel is quickly settled when deserted by one party; there is no battle unless there be two.

Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Live, so you do not have to look back and say: 'God, how have I wasted my life'.

Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

The madness of love is the greatest of heaven's blessings.


Predisposition [genes] is not predestination.

William Landay

The art of medicine consists in amusing the patient while nature cures the disease.


If you're going through hell, keep going.

Winston Churchill

There is in fact two things, science and opinion; the former begets knowledge, the latter ignorance.


The only way of finding the limits of the possible is by going beyond them into the impossible.

Arthur C. Clarke

The Lord hath created medicines out of the earth; and he that is wise will not abhor them.

Ecclesiastics 38:4

Problems are only opportunities with thorns on them.

Hugh Miller

Storms make oaks take roots.


A gem cannot be polished without friction, nor a man perfected without trials.

Lucius Annaeus Seneca

When men speak ill of thee, live so that nobody will believe them.


All truths are easy to understand once they are discovered; the point is to discover them.

Galileo Galilei

Mindfulness is the aware, balanced acceptance of the present experience.

It isn't more complicated than that.

It is opening to or receiving the present moment, pleasant or unpleasant, just as it is, without either clinging to it or rejecting it.


Whatsoever things are true,

whatsoever things are honest,

whatsoever things are just,

whatsoever things are pure,

whatsoever things are lovely,

whatsoever things are of good report;

if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise,

think on these things.

Philippians 4:8

Don't walk in front of me, I may not follow.

Don't walk behind me, I may not lead.

Just walk beside me and be my friend.

Albert Camus


*Copyright 2012: The Huntly Centre.

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