Medicine is my lawful wife and literature my mistress; when I get tired of one, I spend the night with the other.
Anton Chekhov once wrote this, in reference to his profession as a physician and his passion for writing. I feel the exact same way.
Here is the entire passage from one of his letters.
“I feel more confident and more satisfied with myself when I reflect that I have two professions and not one. Medicine is my lawful wife and literature is my mistress. When I get tired of one I spend the night with the other. Though it’s disorderly, it’s not so dull, and besides neither of them loses anything from my infidelity. If I did not have my medical work I doubt if I could have given my leisure and my spare thoughts to literature. There is no discipline in me.”
Music is enough for a lifetime, but a lifetime is not enough for music.
Being a huge fan of rap and Indian folk music, I’m addicted to a good beat. As far as I was concerned, classical music, especially western classical was just not interesting enough. All that changed with the first notes of Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor, by Sergei Rachmaninoff.
The only thing that we know is that we know nothing and that, is the highest flight of human wisdom.
This is a quote from one of my favorite novels, War & Peace. Leo Tolstoy, is the most insightful author I’ve ever read. He ruthlessly deconstructs his characters and their actions. Their souls are laid bare for the reader to love or decry, continually in cycles, until thorough comprehension sets in and we come to know them better than we know ourselves.
Incidentally, the image above, by Sergey Prokudin-Gorsky, is apparently the first color photograph taken in Russia.
Even if my body decays on the fields of Musashi, my Japanese soul will live forever.
This is a quote by Yoshida Shōin, a Samurai and an intellectual during the last days of the Tokugawa Shogunate. He was against the policy of national isolation, put in place by the Shogunate, and believed it was essential to incorporate modern advances while holding on to traditional values.
Shōin was only 29 years old, when he was executed for plotting rebellion. However, the Shogunate fell a few years later and Japan was set upon a path of transformation, from a feudal society into the modern state of today, partly due to the efforts of his famous pupil, Takasugi Shinsaku.
Here is the Japanese version of the quote.
Mi wa tatoi Musashi no nobe ni Kuchinu to mo Todome okamashi Yamoto damashii.
When I first read these words, I was instantly fascinated by Japan. Only a great culture could have inspired such noble sentiment in a man. I feel the same way about my own.
The words ‘Yamato Damashii‘ meaning ‘Japanese Spirit’ or ‘ The Soul of Japan’ were used as a tool of propaganda during World War II by Japanese nationalists. Even such a splendid belief can be distorted into an expression of self-conceit, by those who refuse to appreciate the world for its immense possibility and delightful diversity.
Thank you, Nezel Yurong, for challenging me and giving me the opportunity to share some of my favorite quotes. Please visit her wonderful blog @ Purposive Writer. I’m sure you will appreciate her thoughtful writings.
To love oneself is the beginning of a lifelong romance.
This a quote from the play, An Ideal Husband, by Oscar Wilde. These were the words that drew me to his writing. I especially adore his plays, which draw us into the world of grand society and glittering conversation.
Wilde’s writing is a consequence of his biting wit and forceful persona, but it betrays deep loneliness and isolation, summed up well in his epitaph.
And alien tears will fill for him Pity’s long broken urn, For his mourners will be outcast men, And outcasts always mourn.
Thank you, Nezel Yurong, for challenging me and giving me the opportunity to share my favorite words. Please visit her wonderful blog @ Purposive Writer. I’m sure you will appreciate her thoughtful writings.
The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.
Words immortalized by Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi. Words that inspired me to take up the practice of medicine.
Gandhi’s philosophy did not just galvanize a nation, it also influenced great leaders like Martin Luther King Jr. and Nelson Mandela all over the world. Nonviolence in thought, word and action, as espoused by Gandhi remains our greatest weapon against inequality, bigotry and hatred of our times.
The 2nd of October is the best day for this quote. Thank you, Nezel Yurong, for challenging me and giving me this opportunity. Please visit her wonderful blog @ Purposive Writer. I’m sure you will appreciate her thoughtful writings.
There can be no worthier goal than to better oneself, for while doing so, it is entirely possible that one may better the world.
That, quote has been stuck in my head ever since I read the The Discovery of India, by Jawaharlal Nehru. I can’t, for the life of me, find this quote in the book or anywhere else. So, I’m guessing it’s mine.
Thank you Digant Patel, for giving me the opportunity to share my quotes, by nominating this blog for the challenge.