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Quotations on the Wall

J. Willis Hurst, MD
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Emory University School of Medicine; Atlanta, GA 30322 (Hurst)

Note: Many of the quotations used in this essay can be found in Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, published by Little, Brown and Company in 1980, and Quotationary, written by Leonard Roy Frank and published by Random House in 1999. The exact sources of the quotations are listed in the references or under each quotation.

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Ann Intern Med. 1999;131(7):551-554. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-131-7-199910050-00036
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My sixth-grade teacher, Miss Mary, loved quotations and encouraged me to collect and learn from them. As I grew older, I discovered a disturbing divergence of opinion among great thinkers about the value of quotations.

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