Patch Adams: what's the difference between a doctor & a scientist? dont tell me the salary.. its people. People are the difference!
Patch Adams: Our job is improving the quality of life, not just delaying death.
Patch Adams: All of life is a coming home. Salesmen, secretaries, coal miners, beekeepers, sword swallowers, all of us. All the restless hearts of the world, all trying to find a way home. It's hard to describe what I felt like then. Picture yourself walking for days in the driving snow; you don't even know you're walking in circles. The heaviness of your legs in the drifts, your shouts disappearing into the wind. How small you can feel, and how far away home can be
Patch Adams: Home. The dictionary defines it as both a place of origin and a goal or destination. And the storm? The storm was all in my mind. Or as the poet Dante put it: In the middle of the journey of my life, I found myself in a dark wood, for I had lost the right path. Eventually I would find the right path, but in the most unlikely place
Patch Adams: you look like somebody running away from something
Patch Adams: dont believe everything you read
Patch Adams: i forgot how young you are.. you think you have to be a prick to achieve something and you think it is a new idea
Arthur Mendelson: You're focusing on the problem. If you focus on the problem, you can't see the solution. Never focus on the problem!
Arthur Mendelson: See what no one else sees. See what everyone chooses not to see... out of fear, conformity or laziness. See the whole world anew each day!
Patch Adams: I love you without knowing how, or when, or from where. I love you straightforwardly without complexities or pride. I love you because I know no other way then this. So close that your hand, on my chest, is my hand. So close, that when you close your eyes, I fall asleep
Patch Adams: What's wrong with death sir? What are we so mortally afraid of? Why can't we treat death with a certain amount of humanity and dignity, and decency, and God forbid, maybe even humor. Death is not the enemy gentlemen. If we're going to fight a disease, let's fight one of the most terrible diseases of all, "Indifference"
Corinne Fisher: When I was a girl I would look out my bedroom window at the caterpillars; I envied them so much. No matter what they were before, no matter what happened to them, they could just hide away and turn into these beautiful creatures that could fly away completely untouched.
Patch Adams: Hi. Patch Adams.
Mitch Roman: Mitch Roman. Georgetown University. I was awarded the William F. Thompson Scientific Achievement Award.
Patch Adams: Mmm. Emerson Elementary. I once drew a picture of a rabbit that got me two gold stars
Patch Adams: Now you have the ability to keep me from graduating. You can keep me from getting the title and the white coat. But you can't control my spirit, gentlemen. You can't keep me from learning, you can't keep me from studying. So you have a choice: you can have me as a professional colleague, passionate, or you can have me as an outspoken outsider, still adament. Either way I'll probably still be viewed as a thorn. But I promise you one thing: I am a thorn that will not go away
Patch Adams: Every human being has an impact on another
Patch Adams: and because of that I've lost everything...but I've also gained everything.
Patch Adams: A doctor's mission should be not just to prevent death...
but also to improve the quality of life.
That's why you treat a disease, you win, you lose. You treat a person, I guarantee you, you win, no matter what the outcome.
“Excellence in health means devoting your life to ending poverty.”
"My work is to end violence, and to bring harmony to people,”
“It's humiliating that a person who kicks a ball makes more money than a school teacher.”