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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.

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

Quick Facts

Famous As
Physician, Botanist, Astrologer

Born On
17 December 1493 AD

Died On
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 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.

What sense would it make or what would it benfit a physician if he discovered the origin of the diseases but could not cure or alleviate them?

- Paracelsus

This process is alchemy: its founder is the smith Vulcan.

- Paracelsus

This is alchemy, and this is the office of Vulcan; he is the apothecary and chemist of the medicine.

- Paracelsus

The physician must give heed to the region in which the patient lives, that is to say, to its type and peculiarities.

- Paracelsus

From time immemorial artistic insights have been revealed to artists in their sleep and in dreams, so that at all times they ardently desired them.

- Paracelsus

For one country is different from another; its earth is different, as are its stones, wines, bread, meat, and everything that grows and thrives in a specific region.

- Paracelsus

The interpretation of dreams is a great art.

- Paracelsus

Nature also forges man, now a gold man, now a silver man, now a fig man, now a bean man.

- Paracelsus

But is not He who created it for the sake of the sick body more than the remedy? And is not He who cures the soul, which is more than the body, greater?

- Paracelsus

Dreams are not without meaning wherever thay may come from-from fantasy, from the elements, or from other inspiration.

- Paracelsus

We do not know it because we are fooling away our time with outward and perishing things, and are asleep in regard to that which is real within ourself.

- Paracelsus

Often the remedy is deemed the highest good because it helps so many.

- Paracelsus

Although Alchemy has now fallen into contempt, and is even considered a thing of the past, the physicain should not be influenced by such judgements.

- Paracelsus

However, anyone to whom this happens should not leave his room upon awakening, should speak to no-one, but remain alone and sober until everything comes back to him, and he recalls the dream.

- Paracelsus

For it is we who must pray for our daily bread, and if He grants it to us, it is only through our labour, our skill and preparation.

- Paracelsus

Dreams must be heeded and accepted. For a great many of them come true.

- Paracelsus

If we want to make a statement about a man's nature on the basis of his physiognomy, we must take everything into account; it is in his distress that a man is tested, for then his nature is revealed.

- Paracelsus

The dose makes the poison.

- Paracelsus

Medicine rests upon four pillars - philosophy, astronomy, alchemy, and ethics.

- Paracelsus

Many have said of Alchemy, that it is for the making of gold and silver. For me such is not the aim, but to consider only what virtue and power may lie in medicines.

- Paracelsus

The dreams which reveal the supernatural are promises and messages that God sends us directly: they are nothing but His angels, His ministering spirits, who usually appear to us when we are in a great predicament.

- Paracelsus

Thoughts create a new heaven, a new firmament, a new source of energy, from which new arts flow.

- Paracelsus

Medicine is not only a science; it is also an art. It does not consist of compounding pills and plasters; it deals with the very processes of life, which must be understood before they may be guided.

- Paracelsus

The art of healing comes from nature, not from the physician. Therefore the physician must start from nature, with an open mind.

- Paracelsus

A mortal lives not through that breath that flows in and that flows out. The source of his life is another and this causes the breath to flow.

- Paracelsus

Man is a microcosm, or a little world, because he is an extract from all the stars and planets of the whole firmament, from the earth and the elements; and so he is their quintessence.

- Paracelsus

What the eyes perceive in herbs or stones or trees is not yet a remedy; the eyes see only the dross.

- Paracelsus

Poison is in everything, and no thing is without poison. The dosage makes it either a poison or a remedy.

- 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

When a man undertakes to create something, he establishes a new heaven, as it were, and from it the work that he desires to create flows into him... For such is the immensity of man that he is greater than heaven and earth.

- Paracelsus

Once a disease has entered the body, all parts which are healthy must fight it: not one alone, but all. Because a disease might mean their common death. Nature knows this; and Nature attacks the disease with whatever help she can muster.

- Paracelsus