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Ivan Illich Quotes and Sayings

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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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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

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

 

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

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

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

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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 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

My recollection of a hundred lovely lakes has given
me blessed release from care and worry and the troubled
thinking of our modern day.
It has been a return to the primitive and the peaceful.
- Hamlin Garland

It has been claimed at times that our modern age of
technology facilitates dictatorship.
- Henry A. Wallace

Modern education has devoted itself to the teaching of impudence,
and then we complain that we can no longer control our mobs.
- John Ruskin

Libertarians recognize the inevitable pluralism of
the modern world and for that reason assert that individual
liberty is at least part of the common good.
- Tom G. Palmer

Science in the modern world has many uses;
its chief use,
however, is to provide long words to cover the errors of the rich.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

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

Bureaucracy, the rule of no one, has become the modern form of despotism.
- Mary McCarthy

Little Sparta is a garden in the traditional sense.
It is perhaps not like other modern gardens,
but I think that other times would have had no difficulty with it.
- Ian Hamilton Finlay

Modern bodybuilding is ritual, religion,
sport, art, and science, awash in Western chemistry and mathematics.
Defying nature, it surpasses it.
- Camille Paglia

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

My look is a Modern Bohemian type thing.
- Frances Bean Cobain

As we consider the fast pace of scientific and technological
progress in our modern world,
we must not lose our moral compass and give way to 'free market eugenics'.
- Sam Brownback

Most modern stuff I hear kinda sucks,
someone should turn me onto something good,
fast!
- Jim Diamond

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

There is one, and only one, thing in modern society
more hideous than crime namely,
repressive justice.
- Simone Weil

The modern rule is that every woman should be her own chaperone.
- Amy Vanderbilt

In my experience, if you have to keep the lavatory
door shut by extending your left leg,
it's modern architecture.
- Nancy Banks Smith

The party at its best has always been a modern party.
- Francis Maude

What makes a book great, a so-called classic,
it its quality of always being modern,
of its author, though he be long dead,
continuing to speak to each new generation.
- Lawrence Clark Powell

When Tim Allen made The Santa Clause,
I thought that was a delightful film.
It took a modern sensibility but layered onto it a kind of sentiment.
- Leonard Maltin

I think I was first to do live performances on a modern
electronic sound synthesizer.
- John Eaton

It was Dr. King's tireless activism that fostered our
modern way of relating to one another.
- Wynton Marsalis

A lot of people insisted on a wall between modern dance and ballet.
I'm beginning to think that walls are very unhealthy things.
- Twyla Tharp

Modern man is frantically trying to earn enough to
buy things he's too busy to enjoy.
- Frank Howard Clark

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

I had changed from being a mathematician to a practicing scientist.
I was increasingly embarassed that I could no longer
follow some of the more modern branches of pure mathematics.
- John Pople

If science fiction is the mythology of modern technology,
then its myth is tragic.
- Ursula K. Le Guin

The public history of modern art is the story of conventional
people not knowing what they are dealing with.
- Golda Meir

In the Arab world, there is no link between the cultural
habits of peoples and the ways of thinking and creating of modern intellectuals.
They are two separate worlds.
- Tahar Ben Jelloun

Never before in modern times has so much of the world
been simultaneously hit by a confluence of economic
and financial turmoil such as we are now living through.
- Timothy Geithner

In science, read, by preference, the newest works;
in literature,
the oldest.
The classic literature is always modern.
- Robert Bulwer-Lytton

All modern American literature comes from one book
by Mark Twain called Huckleberry Finn.
- Ernest Hemingway

Only the man who disciplines himself strictly can stand
for long the terrific pace of modern war.
- William Lyon Mackenzie King

I kind of lost interest in the classical dance.
I was very much interested in the modern choreography.
- Mikhail Baryshnikov

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

It's a heavy weight, the camera.
Now we have modern and lightweight, small plastic cameras,
but in the '70s they were heavy metal.
- Annie Leibovitz

It's never been confirmed that Elizabeth I was a virgin.
It's like the Virgin Mary - it's about branding,
a logo.
To use a modern term, Elizabeth was actually a bit of a slut.
- Helen Mirren

Social progress can be measured
by the social position of the female sex.
- Karl Marx
(German philosopher and political economist
whose ideas are credited as the foundation of modern communism)

So much destruction in modern war takes place miles
and miles away from the source of the destruction,
the human being who has caused it.
- James Dickey

However, we might oppose it, abortion is a sad feature of modern life.
- Robert Casey

A work can become modern only if it is first postmodern.
Postmodernism thus understood is not modernism at its
end but in the nascent state,
and this state is constant.
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld

The great thing about university is that they incline you to get up and do it,
from the Classics to modern plays, to the humor that
Monty Pythons made popular.
- Michael York

Most of modern rock and roll is a product of guilt.
- Don Van Vliet


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