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A collection of quotes by Paracelsus on poison, identity, knowing, astrology, philosophy, power, ethics, science, alchemy, spiritual, stars, wonder and mysticism.

11 Great Paracelsus Quotes That Offer Insight On Various Aspects Of Life

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Physician, Botanist, Astrologer

Born On
17 December 1493 AD

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24 September 1541 AD

Born In
Einsiedeln, Switzerland

Died At Age
47

Paracelsus was a Swiss physician, philosopher, botanist, occultist and astrologer who is credited as the father of toxicology. He rose to prominence in the first half of the 16th century and was far ahead of his time. Paracelsus observed nature in order to make his claims rather than going by ancient texts. He is not only regarded as the founder of toxicology but is also regarded as a trailblazer in several aspects of ‘Medical Revolution’ of the Renaissance. He was the first to state that some diseases might actually be caused due to psychological issues in an individual. He is also credited for naming the metal ‘Zinc’. He not only excelled in medicine and science, but also became an authority on theology. Throughout his life Paracelsus provided insights on a variety of subjects ranging from natural sciences to medicine and from occultism to spirituality and religion. However, his greatest contribution has to be the introduction of scientific approach to medical science and that remains one of his most important legacies. Here is a collection of some of the most famous quotations and sayings by the distinguished physician which have been excerpted from his writings, works, thoughts and life. Go through the famous quotes and thoughts by Paracelsus.

Everything is a poison, nothing is a poison. It is the dose that makes the poison

- Paracelsus

Death is the midwife of very great things.... It brings about the birth and rebirth of forms a thousand times improved. This is the highest mystery of God.

- The Devil's Doctor: Paracelsus and the World of Renaissance Magic and Science, Paracelsus

He who knows nothing, loves nothing. He who can do nothing understands nothing. He who understands nothing is worthless.

- Paracelsus

There is in each person, in every animal, bird and plant a star which mirrors, matches or is in some sense the same as a star in the heavens.

- Paracelsus

Women's regular bleeding engenders phantoms.

- Paracelsus

Alterius non sit qui suus esse potest. (Let no man belong to another that can belong to himself.)

- Paracelsus

...anyone who thinks that all fruits ripen at the same time as strawberries, knows nothing of grapes.

- Four Treatises of Theophrastus Von Hohenheim Called Paracelsus, Paracelsus

Know that the philosopher has power over the stars, and not the stars over him.

- Paracelsus

Thoughts are free and subject to no rule. On them rests the freedom of man, and they tower above the light of nature...create a new heaven, a new firmament, a new source of energy from which new arts flow.

- Paracelsus

All things are poisons, for there is nothing without poisonous qualities. It is only the dose which makes a thing poison.

- Paracelsus

Be not another, if you can be yourself.

- Paracelsus