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Moral speculation was puny compared to moral action.

Paul Kalanithi, When Breath Becomes Air

Human knowledge is never contained in one person. It grows from the relationships we create between each other and the world, and still it is never complete.

Paul Kalanithi, When Breath Becomes Air

You can’t ever reach perfection, but you can believe in an asymptote toward which you are ceaselessly striving.

Paul Kalanithi, When Breath Becomes Air

As a resident, my highest ideal was not saving lives everyone dies eventually but guiding a patient or family to an understanding of death or illness.

Paul Kalanithi, When Breath Becomes Air

There is a moment, a cusp, when the sum of gathered experience is worn down by the details of living. We are never so wise as when we live in this moment.

Paul Kalanithi, When Breath Becomes Air

Before operating on a patient’s brain, I realized, I must first understand his mind: his identity, his values, what makes his life worth living, and what devastation makes it reasonable to let that life end.

Paul Kalanithi, When Breath Becomes Air

At home in bed a few weeks before he died, I asked him, ‘Can you breathe okay with my head on your chest like this?’ His answer was ‘It’s the only way I know how to breathe.

Paul Kalanithi, When Breath Becomes Air

The physician’s duty is not to stave off death or return patients to their old lives, but to take into our arms a patient and family whose lives have disintegrated and work until they can stand back up and face, and make sense of, their own existence.

Paul Kalanithi, When Breath Becomes Air

Literature not only illuminated another’s experience, it provided, I believed, the richest material for moral reflection. My brief forays into the formal ethics of analytic philosophy felt dry as a bone, missing the messiness and weight of real human life.

Paul Kalanithi, When Breath Becomes Air

The main message of Jesus, I believed, is that mercy trumps justice every time.

Paul Kalanithi, When Breath Becomes Air

I don’t believe in the wisdom of children, nor in the wisdom of the old. There is a moment, a cusp, when the sum of gathered experience is worn down by the details of living. We are never so wise as when we live in the moment.

Paul Kalanithi, When Breath Becomes Air

Those burdens are what make medicine holy and wholly impossible: in taking up another’s cross, one must sometimes get crushed by the weight.

Paul Kalanithi, When Breath Becomes Air

Most ambitions are either achieved or abandoned; either way, they belong to the past. The future, instead of the ladder toward the goals of life, flattens out into a perpetual present.

Paul Kalanithi, When Breath Becomes Air

We shall rise insensibly, and reach the tops of the everlasting hills, where the winds are cool and the sight is glorious.

Paul Kalanithi, When Breath Becomes Air

Death comes for all of us. For us, for our patients: it is our fate as living, breathing, metabolizing organisms. Most lives are lived with passivity toward death — it’s something that happens to you and those around you.

Paul Kalanithi, When Breath Becomes Air

When there is no place for the scalpel, words are the surgeon’s only tool.

Paul Kalanithi, When Breath Becomes Air

The physician’s duty is not to stave off death or return patients to their old lives, but to take into our arms a patient and family whose lives have disintegrated and work until they can stand back up and face, and make sense of, their own existence.

Paul Kalanithi, When Breath Becomes Air

Death may be a one-time event, but living with terminal illness is a process.

Paul Kalanithi, When Breath Becomes Air

The brain mediates our experience of the world, any neurosurgical problem forces a patient and family, ideally with a doctor as a guide, to answer this question: What makes life meaningful enough to go on living?

Paul Kalanithi, When Breath Becomes Air

I would have to learn to live in a different way, seeing death as an imposing itinerant visitor but knowing that even if I’m dying, until I actually die, I am still living.

Paul Kalanithi, When Breath Becomes Air

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