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English Teacher’s Hospital Greeting

Poetry in motion for a well-versed hospital patient


A hospital patient, a distinguished teacher of English literature, received a note from a student, with this salutation:

“Dear ill literate...”




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I am ill at these numbers. - William Shakespeare

Literature is news that stays news. - Ezra Pound

Surgery is the cry of defeat in medicine. - Martin H. Fischer

Panic plays no part in the training of a nurse. - Elizabeth Kenny

Hot flushes and mentalpause. House of ill refute. - Archie Bunker

A little chocolate a day keeps the doctor at bay. - Marcia Carrington

My doctor tells me I got a communications disease. - Archie Bunker

Never go to a doctor whose office plants have died. - Erma Bombeck

The cards are ill shuffled till I have a good hand. - Jonathan Swift

After two days in hospital I took a turn for the nurse. - WC Fields

A half doctor near is better than a whole one far away. - German Proverb

We often repent the good we have done as well as the ill. - William Hazlitt

He knew everything about literature except how to enjoy it. - Joseph Heller

Ireland is a fruitful mother of genius, but a barren nurse. - Unknown

Misuse of "Literally" makes me figuratively insane. - Unknown

A nurse will always give us hope,
an angel with a stethoscope. - Terri Guillemets

Joy is more divine than sorrow, for joy is bread and sorrow is medicine. - Henry Ward Beecher

The worst thing about medicine is that one kind makes another necessary. - Elbert Hubbard

To array a man's will against his sickness is the supreme art of medicine. - Henry Ward Beecher

You teach a child to read, and he or her will be able to pass a literacy test. - George W. Bush

Oh, when I was a kid, I was ugly. When I was born, the doctor smacked my mother. - Rodney Dangerfield

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

People pay the doctor for his trouble; for his kindness they still remain in his debt. - Seneca

Great literature is simply language charged with meaning to the utmost possible degree. - Ezra Pound

All modern American literature comes from one book by Mark Twain called Huckleberry Finn. - Ernest Hemingway

Show me a Jewish boy who doesn't go to medical school and I'll show you a lawyer. - Milton Berle

I told the doctor I broke my leg in two places. He told me to quit going to those places. - Henny Youngman

A man's own good breeding is the best security against other people's ill manners. - Lord Chesterfield

A doctor can bury his mistakes but an architect can only advise his clients to plant vines. - Frank Lloyd Wright

The practice of medicine occurs even in primitive society, but law accompanies civilization. - Saying

The Irish do not want anyone to wish them well; they want everyone to wish their enemies ill. - Harold Nicolson

And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music. - Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche

The art of medicine consists of amusing the patient, whilst Mother Nature takes care of the cure. - Voltaire

The whole religious complexion of the modern world is due to the absence from Jerusalem of a lunatic asylum. - Havelock Ellis

Following his doctor's orders, Nikita (Khrushchev) has cut his drinking in half. He's leaving out the water. - Bob Hope

The doctor may also learn more about the illness from the way the patient tells the story than from the story itself. - James B. Herrick

The best doctor in the world is a veterinarian. He can't ask his patients what is the matter - he's got to know. - Will Rogers

A doctor must work eighteen hours a day and seven days a week. If you cannot console yourself to this, get out of the profession. - Martin H. Fischer

Golf is a game whose aim is to hit a very small ball into an even smaller hole, with weapons singularly ill designed for the purpose. - Winston Churchill

One of the first duties of the physician is to educate the masses not to take medicine... Soap and water and common sense are the best disinfectants. - William Osler


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23-May-2018