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Patch Adams Quotes – 20 Quotes You’ll Love

Robin Williams is an amazing man! In Patch Adams his character Hunter said some of the most inspirational things I’ve ever heard. The movie along with the various quotes had a very positive impact on me and I’d like to share them with you.

I’ve organized these quotes into 2 categories: inspirational and funny.

If you know anyone that is in the medical field or simply spends a lot of time in the hospital (or likes Patch Adams!) – I encourage you to share these quotes with them – as I think they have the potential to improve someone else’s life. Even if it’s just a simple laugh, that’s enough  – read quote #1 below to see what I mean.

Patch Adams Quotes


Laughter enhances the blood flow to the body’s extremities and improves cardiovascular function. Laughter releases endorphins and other natural mood elevating and pain-killing chemicals, improves the transfer of oxygen and nutrients to internal organs.
Laughter boosts the immune system and helps the body fight off disease, cancer cells as well as viral, bacterial and other infections. Being happy is the best cure of all diseases

Hunter – Patch Adams


You treat a disease, you win, you loose. You treat a person, I guarantee you, you’ll win, no matter what the outcome.

Hunter – Patch Adams


[standing on the edge of a cliff contemplating suicide. Hunter talks to God…] So what now, huh? What do you want from me? [looks down over cliff, a rock tumbles off] Yeah, I could do it. We both know you wouldn’t stop me. So answer me please. Tell me what you’re doing. Okay, let’s look at the logic. You create man. Man suffers enormous amounts of pain. Man dies. Maybe you should have had just a few more brainstorming sessions prior to creation. You rested on the seventh day. Maybe you should’ve spent that day on compassion. [looks down over the cliff again] You know what? You’re not worth it. [walks away from the cliff]

Hunter – Patch Adams


You’re focusing on the problem. If you focus on the problem, you can’t see the solution.

Arthur Mendelson – Patch Adams


When I was a girl I would look out my bedroom window at the caterpillars; I envied them so much. No matter what they were before, no matter what happened to them, they could just hide away and turn into these beautiful creatures that could fly away completely untouched.

Corrine Fisher – Patch Adams


Our job is improving the quality of life, not just delaying death.

Hunter – Patch Adams


What’s wrong with death sir? What are we so mortally afraid of? Why can’t we treat death with a certain amount of humanity and dignity, and decency, and God forbid, maybe even humor. Death is not the enemy gentlemen. If we’re going to fight a disease, let’s fight one of the most terrible diseases of all, indifference.

Hunter – Patch Adams


All of life is a coming home. Salesmen, secretaries, coal miners, beekeepers, sword swallowers, all of us. All the restless hearts of the world, all trying to find a way home. It’s hard to describe what I felt like then. Picture yourself walking for days in the driving snow; you don’t even know you’re walking in circles. The heaviness of your legs in the drifts, your shouts disappearing into the wind. How small you can feel, and how far away home can be. Home. The dictionary defines it as both a place of origin and a goal or destination. And the storm? The storm was all in my mind. Or as the poet Dante put it: In the middle of the journey of my life, I found myself in a dark wood, for I had lost the right path. Eventually I would find the right path, but in the most unlikely place.

Hunter – Patch Adams


We need to start treating the patient as well as the disease.

Hunter – Patch Adams


Now you have the ability to keep me from graduating. You can keep me from getting the title and the white coat. But you can’t control my spirit, gentlemen. You can’t keep me from learning, you can’t keep me from studying. So you have a choice: you can have me as a professional colleague, passionate, or you can have me as an outspoken outsider, still adament. Either way I’ll probably still be viewed as a thorn. But I promise you one thing: I am a thorn that will not go away.

Hunter – Patch Adams


I love you without knowing how, or when, or from where. I love you straightforwardly without complexities or pride. I love you because I know no other way then this. So close that your hand, on my chest, is my hand. So close, that when you close your eyes, I fall asleep.

Hunter – Patch Adams

Funny Quotes


You learn anything about proctology yet Patch? Good, take care of this asshole for me, will ya?

Arthur Mendelson – Patch Adams


We can head on down to the maternity ward. You know those chicks put out.

Hunter – Patch Adams


Our job is to rigorously and ruthlessly train the humanity out of you and make you into something better. We’re gonna make doctors out of you.

Dean Walcott


Hunter Patch Adams: Last night with Rudy, I connected to another human being. I want more of that. I want to learn about people, help them with their troubles.
Dr. Prack: That’s what I do.
Hunter Patch Adams: But you suck at it.

Hunter – Patch Adams


Joletta: Look here, Judy, another future boss.
Hunter Patch Adams: Oh, I wouldn’t look at it like that.
Joletta: You may think I’m exaggerating, but in another five years you’ll be so full of yourself you’ll have to hang a cup out your ass just to catch the excess.

Hunter – Patch Adams


Who likes to masturbate? [Everyone in room raises their hands]

Hunter – Patch Adams


[imitating a skeleton] I have a boner. Wait, I am a boner.

Hunter – Patch Adams


Hunter Patch Adams: Hi. Patch Adams.
Mitch Roman: Mitch Roman. Georgetown University. I was awarded the William F. Thompson Scientific Achievement Award.
Hunter Patch Adams: Mmm. Emerson Elementary. I once drew a picture of a rabbit that got me two gold stars.

Patch Adams


Mitch Roman: I don’t like you!
Hunter Patch Adams: Why don’t you like me? You’re a prick and I like you.

Patch Adams

*Which one of these “Patch Adams Quotes” did you like best? Do you know of any other good quotes from the movie that I left out? Please let me know in the comments!

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