” Everyone succumbs to finitude. I suspect I am not the only one who reaches this pluperfect state. 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. “


” Science is based on reproducibility and manufactured objectivity. As strong as that makes its ability to generate claims about matter and energy, it also makes scientific knowledge inapplicable to the existential, visceral nature of human life, which is unique and subjective and unpredictable. “


” Science may provide the most useful way to organize empirical, reproducible data, but its power to do so is predicated on its inability to grasp the most central aspects of human life: hope, fear, love, hate, beauty, envy, honor, weakness, striving, suffering, virtue. “


” Putting lifestyle first is how you find a job – not a calling. “


” Before operating on a patient’s brain… 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. “



All 5 Paul Kalanithi Quotes about Life in picture


Everyone succumbs to finitude. I suspect I am not the only one who reaches this pluperfect state. 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.
Science is based on reproducibility and manufactured objectivity. As strong as that makes its ability to generate claims about matter and energy, it also makes scientific knowledge inapplicable to the existential, visceral nature of human life, which is unique and subjective and unpredictable.


Science may provide the most useful way to organize empirical, reproducible data, but its power to do so is predicated on its inability to grasp the most central aspects of human life: hope, fear, love, hate, beauty, envy, honor, weakness, striving, suffering, virtue.
Putting lifestyle first is how you find a job - not a calling.
Before operating on a patient
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