50+ Best Surgery Quotes: Exclusive Selection

Surgery is a medical specialty that uses operative manual and instrumental techniques on a person to investigate or treat a pathological condition such as a disease or injury, to help improve bodily function or appearance or to repair unwanted ruptured areas. Inspirational surgery quotes will encourage growth in life, make you wiser and broaden your perspective.

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Famous Surgery Quotes

Surgeons must be very careful when they take the knife! Underneath their fine incisions stirs the Culprit – Life! Emily Dickinson

Surgeons can cut out everything except cause. Herbert M. Shelton

Surgery was the most difficult thing I could imagine. And so, I became a surgeon. Abraham Verghese

As a surgeon you have to have a controlled arrogance. If it’s uncontrolled, you kill people, but you have to be pretty arrogant to saw through a person’s chest, take out their heart and believe you can fix it. Then, when you succeed and the patient survives, you pray, because it’s only by the grace of God that you get there. Mehmet Oz

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It is the surgeon’s duty to tranquillize the temper, to beget cheerfulness, and to impart confidence of recovery. Astley Cooper

With all due respect to my surgeon, in a perfect world he would be out of a job. Russ Ramsey

If the operation is difficult, you are not doing it properly. Alberto Peña

Every surgeon carries within himself a small cemetery, where from time to time he goes to pray. Rene Leriche

The surgeon may harden himself whilst performing an operation, for he knows that he is acting for the good of his patient; but if we were intentionally to neglect the weak and helpless, it could only be for a contingent benefit, with an overwhelming present evil. Charles Darwin

Philosophy is surgery; surgery is philosophy. David Cronenberg

What I’ve never understood is why some women use plastic surgery to make themselves more attractive to men. The most beautiful woman is someone who’s happy and is always smiling. Irina Shayk

A surgeon is surrounded by people who are sick, discouraged, afraid, embittered, dying – but also courageous, loving, wise, compassionate and alive. Bernie Siegel

Surgeon: A man who’s always out for his cut. Anonymous

I am what I am. I’m not going to get plastic surgery. I had this discussion with my younger son. We were at a dermatologist, and this dermatologist suggested to me that I wanted to avoid wrinkles. Those wrinkles show that I have laughed a lot in my life, why should I want to erase that? Why would I erase the traces of my life which I loved? Barbara Sukowa

Comebacks are not at all easy. After a major surgery, the difficult part is to conquer the inner demons. It’s all in the mind. Only an individual can overcome his fears. Rohit Sharma

Successful Surgery Quotes

A good surgeon doesn’t just concentrate on technical ability, but also on the appropriateness of what you’re doing. Benjamin Carson

A good surgeon operates with his hand, not with his heart. Alexandre Dumas

Plastic surgery can’t make you younger or more beautiful, because beauty is in your eyes, isn’t it? It’s in your soul; you can’t strap it on. Sarah Parish

Getting older is baggage for so many people but I don’t spend time on things I can’t control. Wrinkles don’t scare me; they’re a part of life, and I will and do embrace them, but I look at surgery, and that scares me. Christy Turlington

The surgeon should not love difficult cases and should not allow himself to be tempted to undertake those that are desperate. He should help the poor as far as he can, but he should not hesitate to ask for good fees from the rich. Guido Lanfranchi

A surgeon should give as little pain as possible while he is treating the patient, and no pain at all when he charges his fee. Reginald Pound

I’m having surgery today to have my face cleaned up. But it will take some fancy stitching to make me all beautiful again! Patsy Cline

My dad’s a doctor, and when I was 8, I went to one of his medical conferences where they were demonstrating laser surgery on a chicken. I was so mad that a chicken had to die, I never ate meat again. Natalie Portman

I haven’t had any plastic surgery – despite what people think, this is my nose. I have had Restylane and Botox, but I don’t think of that as plastic surgery anymore. Tom Ford

The surgeon is a man of action. By temperament and by training he prefers to serve the sick by operating on them, and he inwardly commiserates with a patient so unfortunate as to have a disease not suited to surgical treatment. Young surgeons, busy mastering the technicalities of the art, are particularly alert to seize every legitimate opportunity to practice technical maneuvers, the more complicated the better. Stanley O. Hoerr

The surgeon knows all the parts of the brain but he does not know his patient’s dreams. Richard Selzer

I’m happy to tell you that having been through surgery and chemotherapy and radiation, breast cancer is officially behind me. I feel absolutely great and I am raring to go. Carly Fiorina

The thought of somebody pulling and cutting around my face gives me stomach ache. Plastic surgery would be so painful. What if it doesn’t look good? What if they made a mistake? I couldn’t do it. Salma Hayek

To be great, a surgeon must have a fierce determination to be the leader in his field. He must have a driving ego, a hunger beyond money. He must have a passion for perfectionism. He is like the actor who wants his name in lights. Donald B. Effler

It’s a beautiful day to save lives. Let’s have some fun. Derek Shepherd

Technically, according to the notion of the will of God, there is no such a thing as a competent surgeon. Mokokoma Mokhonoana

And If the surgeon is like a poet, then the scars you have made on countless bodies are like verses into the fashioning of which you have poured your soul. Richard Selzer

True teaching cannot be learned from text-books any more than a surgeon can acquire his skill by reading about surgery. Helen Keller

Modern surgery has been like a miracle to those who thought the pain was going to go on forever. Maeve Binchy

After I came out of surgery – I was in the hospital for five weeks – I found that I gravitated toward very gentle sounds: chant music, solo bamboo flute sounds, a laid-back record of my own called ‘Inside.’ And the music became a very real part of my recovery process. Paul Horn

As a medical doctor and cardiac surgeon, I had the responsibility of performing open-heart surgery on President Spencer W. Kimball in 97, when he was Acting President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. Russell M. Nelson

A successful surgeon should be a man who, when asked to name the three best surgeons in the world, would have difficulty deciding on the other two. Denton Cooley

A rich man’s faults are covered with money, but a surgeon’s faults are covered with earth. Abraham Verghese

I was thinking that surgeons had to be the happiest people on earth. To cut people up and get paid for it-that’s happiness, I told myself. Norman Mailer

He who wishes to be a surgeon should go to war. Hippocrates

Surgeon general’s job is to protect, promote and advance the health, safety and security of the nation. Richard Carmona

To be a good surgeon, you need to commit to being a good surgeon. It’s as simple as that. You need to be meticulous in the small things, not just in the operating room, but outside. A good surgeon would want to redo this knot. Abraham Verghese

Open-heart surgery is now part of a typical life experience for many people. Folks talk casually about ‘having a stent put in,’ as if they had their tires rotated. Roger Ebert

I’ve had laser eye surgery and I don’t wear glasses anymore, so people just go, ‘You’re not Damien Hirst.’ I don’t get recognized on the street. Damien Hirst

There are women who literally squeeze a baby out of their bodies or get cut open in major surgery, have a human being, the next generation of the human race pulled from their bodies, and within a couple of weeks have to go back to work, because if they don’t, they can’t pay their bills. Something’s wrong with that. Megyn Kelly

I haven’t had any problems with my back since I got the foot surgery. Merle Haggard

Small pieces of skin may be missing. Even the world’s greatest plastic surgeon won’t be able to prevent a scar. Michael J. Collins

I make it clear that when a surgeon who has been in practice for thirty years tries to make himself look good by making a medical student look bad it is the questioner not the questioned, who should be Michael J. Collins

I’m a surgeon now. I spend my days in quiet, sterile operating rooms replacing knees and repairing rotator cuffs. A hard day in the hole would kill me. I’m a surgeon now. I spend my days in quiet, sterile operating rooms replacing knees and repairing rotator cuffs. A hard day in the hole would kill me. Michael J. Collins

A trained surgeon is also a potential killer, and an important bit of the training lies in accepting the fact. Your intent is entirely benign – or at least you hope so – but your are laying violent hands on someone, and you must be ruthless in order to do it effectively. And sometimes the person under your hands will die, and knowing that . . . you do it anyway Diana Gabaldon