"The life of a doctor is an intense life. We are witnesses and servants to individual human survival. The difficulty is that we are also only humans ourselves. We cannot live simply for patients. In the end, we must live our own lives. Still, to live as a doctor is to live so that your life is bound up in others’ and in science and in the messy uncertain connection between the two."

— Atul Gawande, Dr. Atul Gawande | The Doc Whisperer

"What makes you do the right thing? The distinctiveness of medicine is that you are called upon to ask yourself this question almost everyday. And I can tell you—if I may be blunt—that the answer is not joy. Oh sometimes it really is fun. But the truth of medical life is that doing the right thing is often painful—and yet you find a way to do it anyway."

— Atul Gawande, Dr. Atul Gawande | The Doc Whisperer

"Though modern medicine seems the epitome of all that severs our society from the past, it still draws on the same ancient processes of cognition that have always served to keep people alive — and that make us uniquely human."

Of Medicine and Mushrooms - NYTimes.com

"To be a good human being is to have a kind of openness to the world, an ability to trust uncertain things beyond your own control, that can lead you to be shattered in very extreme circumstances for which you were not to blame. That says something very important about the condition of the ethical life: that it is based on a trust in the uncertain and on a willingness to be exposed; it’s based on being more like a plant than like a jewel, something rather fragile, but whose very particular beauty is inseparable from that fragility."

— Martha Nussbaum more like a plant | Livy Low


Benjamin Alire Sáenz, Last Night I Sang to the Monster

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"The brick walls are there for a reason. The brick walls are not there to keep us out. The brick walls are there to give us a chance to show how badly we want something. Because the brick walls are there to stop the people who don’t want it badly enough. They’re there to stop the other people."

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James Joyce, “A Painful Case”

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Stockholm, Sweden (by Marcelino YH)

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This original screen test for Elia Kazan’s East of Eden features James Dean on his first feature film. The young actor shines with so much talent and potential that watching this video is beyond a treat; it shows how captivating a devoted actor can be. It is no surprise then that James Dean is quoted saying on the actor’s role: To grasp the full significance of life is the actor’s duty; to interpret it his problem; and to express it his dedication.

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