I've finally finished reading The Cancer Ward by Solzhenitsyn. It took me months, not because it wasn't good, but mostly because it was long. And some days, after coming home from work, my brain was not exactly ready to delve into serious Russian literature.

But I found this great quote, which helped remind me why I'm a doctor, and the attitude that I always want to have. So I thought I'd share it here:

"At such moment the whole meaning of existence--of his own life throughout the long past and the short future, and his late wife's, and his young granddaughter's, and everybody's in general-- seemed to him to be not in their chief activity, in which they were constantly engrossed, in which all interest was supposed to lie and by which they were known to people. It was the degree to which they were able to keep unmuddied, unfrozen, and undistorted the image of eternity that sits within each person.
Like a silver moon in a calm pond."


Anonymous said…
The Cancer Ward is one of my favorites as well, and it took me months to read it as well.
Jason Greer

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