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Modern medicine is a negation of health.
by Ivan Illich

Modern medicine is a negation of health.
It isn't organized to serve human health,
but only itself, as an institution.
It makes more people sick than it heals.
- Ivan Illich

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There is no greater distance than that between a man in prayer and God.
- Ivan Illich

Leadership does not depend on being right.
- Ivan Illich

Effective health care depends on self-care;
this fact is currently heralded as if it were a discovery.
- Ivan Illich

 

At the moment of death I hope to be surprised.
- Ivan Illich

We must rediscover the distinction between hope and expectation.
- Ivan Illich

The public school has become the established church of secular society.
- Ivan Illich

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School divides life into two segments,
which are increasingly of comparable length.
As much as anything else, schooling implies custodial
care for persons who are declared undesirable elsewhere
by the simple fact that a school has been built to serve them.
- Ivan Illich

Healthy people are those who live in healthy homes on a healthy diet;
in an environment equally fit for birth,
growth work, healing, and dying...
Healthy people need no bureaucratic interference to mate,
give birth, share the human condition and die.
- Ivan Illich

The compulsion to do good is an innate American trait.
Only North Americans seem to believe that they always should,
may, and actually can choose somebody with whom to share their blessings.
Ultimately this attitude leads to bombing people into the acceptance of gifts.
- Ivan Illich

People who work together will win,
whether it be against complex football defenses,
or the problems of modern society.
- Vince Lombardi

Have we not come to such an impasse in the modern world
that we must love our enemies - or else?
The chain reaction of evil -
hate begetting hate, wars producing more wars -
must be broken, or else we shall be plunged
into the dark abyss of annihilation.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Modern cynics and skeptics... see no harm in paying those
to whom they entrust the minds of their children
a smaller wage than is paid to those to whom
they entrust the care of their plumbing.
- John F. Kennedy

The modern assault on the environment began about 50 years ago,
during and immediately after World War II.
- Barry Commoner

Modern art is what happens when painters stop looking
at girls and persuade themselves that they have a better idea.
- John Ciardi

In modern war...
you will die like a dog for no good reason.
- Ernest Hemingway

Academe, n.: An ancient school where morality and philosophy were taught.
Academy, n.: A modern school where football is taught.
- Ambrose Bierce

The modern conservative is engaged in one of man's
oldest exercises in moral philosophy;
that is,
the search for a superior moral justification for selfishness.
- John Kenneth Galbraith

One of the most feared expressions in modern times
is 'The computer is down.'
- Norman Ralph Augustine

Rome has not seen a modern building in more than half a century.
It is a city frozen in time.
- Richard Meier

In modern business it is not the crook who is to be feared most,
it is the honest man who doesn't know what he is doing.
- William Wordsworth

The attempt to redefine the family as a purely voluntary
arrangement grows out of the modern delusion that people
can keep all their options open all the time.
- Christopher Lasch

The history of modern art is also the history of the
progressive loss of art's audience.
Art has increasingly become the concern of the artist
and the bafflement of the public.
- Paul Gauguin

The place of the father in the modern suburban family is a very small one,
particularly if he plays golf.
- Bertrand Russell

Half of the modern drugs could well be thrown out of the window,
except that the birds might eat them.
- Martin Henry Fischer

Fathers in today's modern families can be so many things.
- Oliver Hudson

Your modern teenager is not about to listen to advice from an old person,
defined as a person who remembers when there was no Velcro.
- Dave Barry

Modern people are only willing to believe in their computers,
while I believe in myself.
- Alain Robert

I'm also interested in the modern suggestion that you
can have a combination of love and sex in a marriage -
which no previous society has ever believed.
- Alain de Botton

What we must understand is that the industries,
processes, and inventions created by modern science
can be used either to subjugate or liberate.
The choice is up to us.
- Henry A. Wallace

Modern American war is as easy to script as a B movie.
- David Hackworth

The modern work of art, as I have said,
is a symbol.
- Herbert Read

The 2004 Election marks the first time in modern political
history that Republican voter turnout matched Democratic
turnout in a presidential election year.
- Jeff Miller

I think computer science, by and large,
is still stuck in the Modern age.
- Larry Wall

In its most limited sense, modern, art would seem to
concern itself only with the technical innovations of the period.
- Edward Hopper

Nothing will see us through the age we're entering but high consciousness,
and that comes hard.
We don't have a good, modern myth yet,
and we need one.
- Robert Johnson

The modern artist...
is working and expressing an inner world -
in other words -
expressing the energy,
the motion, and other inner forces.
- Jackson Pollock

The modern Little Red Riding Hood, reared on singing commercials,
has no objection to being eaten by the wolf.
- Marshall McLuhan

It does not seem that the contradiction which exists
between the aristocratic function of art and the democratic
structure of modern society can ever be resolved.
- Herbert Read

Don't bother about being modern.
Unfortunately it is the one thing that,
whatever you do, you cannot avoid.
- Salvador Dali

Whichever theory we adopt to give a rational explanation of human existence,
that theory must take into account and explain the
mental nature we see at work in all modern communities.
- Arthur Keith

Just as modern mass production requires the standardization of commodities,
so the social process requires standardization of man,
and this standardization is called equality.
- Erich Fromm

You are born modern, you do not become so.
- Jean Baudrillard

The independent girl is truly of quite modern origin,
and usually is a most bewitching little piece of humanity.
- Lou Henry Hoover

You know one of the causes of modern despair is the
fact that we have had proposed to us,
from various quarters, an impossible perfection.
- Morris West

They don't think we're in touch with modern Britain,
or understand modern Britain or like modern Britain.
- Francis Maude

The goal of modern propaganda is no longer to transform
opinion but to arouse an active and mythical belief.
- Jacques Ellul

Memorials become relics if they do not stir our modern conscience.
- Henry Waxman

I think there is a way to be formal and elegant and classy,
but more modern.
Brad Pitt has been changing it, and Will Smith has
been doing it in his own way.
- Steven Cojocaru

I don't understand what modern clothes are about at all.
- Julie Harris

Europeans know the importance of the Resistance;
it has been the shining example of the modern conscience.
- Salvatore Quasimodo

As thy days, so shall thy strength be which,
in modern language, may be translated as thy thoughts so shall thy life be.
- Emmet Fox

Some people say Hawaii is spoiled, but I don't think so.
It's modern.
It's a part of today's world.
- James MacArthur

A modern civilization is only possible when it is accepted
that singular beings exist and express themselves freely.
- Tahar Ben Jelloun

The susceptibility of the average modern to pictorial
suggestion enables advertising to exploit his lessened power of judgment.
- Johan Huizinga

Unless we abandon elements which resemble a police state,
we can't meet the demands of being a modern society.
- Ahmet Necdet Sezner

You are ugly when you love her, you are beautiful and fresh,
vital and free, modern and poetic when you don't...
you are more beautiful as an orphan than as your mother's son.
- Witold Gombrowicz

But I can't really say there is too much modern music
that I'm blown away by at this moment.
- Duncan Sheik

Another unsettling element in modern art is that common symptom of immaturity,
the dread of doing what has been done before.
- Edith Wharton

All the modern christian churches have no more authority to preach,
baptize, or administer any other ordinance of the gospel
than the idolatrous Hindoos have.
- Orson Pratt

If we look to the history of other nations,
ancient or modern, we find no example of a growth so rapid,
so gigantic, of a people so prosperous and happy.
- James Monroe

I teach at USC, and it's obvious to anyone who teaches
college students that they don't cover much modern
history and certainly not the modern presidency.
- Robert Scheer

What description of clouds and sunsets was to the old novelist,
description of scientific apparatus and methods is
to the modern Scientific Detective writer.
- Hugo Gernsback

Modern instruments were designed to throw sound all in one direction.
- Marc Ribot

A fact of modern life is that it takes women longer to get ready than men.
- Jessica Savitch

In the modern world of business, it is useless to be a creative,
original thinker unless you can also sell what you create.
- David Ogilvy

Speed provides the one genuinely modern pleasure.
- Aldous Huxley

He can develop sense and style, in the manner of distinguished modern prose,
in which event he may be sure that the result will
not fall into any objective form.
- John C. Ransom

The printing press is either the greatest blessing
or the greatest curse of modern times,
sometimes one forgets which it is.
- E. F. Schumacher

Our modern states are preparing for war without even
knowing the future enemy.
- Alfred Adler

We have always been taught that navigation is the result of civilization,
but modern archeology has demonstrated very clearly that this is not so.
- Thor Heyerdahl


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