Paracelsus quotes

Born
November 10, 1493 Einsiedeln, Switzerland.

Died
September 24, 1541.

Occupation
Physician, alchemist.

Paracelsus was a Swiss physician and alchemist. He was a pioneer in medicine.

The dose makes the poison.
– Paracelsus
The interpretation of dreams is a great art.
– 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
The art of healing comes from nature, not from the physician. Therefore the physician must start from nature, with an open mind.
– 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
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
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
Often the remedy is deemed the highest good because it helps so many.
– Paracelsus
What the eyes perceive in herbs or stones or trees is not yet a remedy; the eyes see only the dross.
– Paracelsus
The physician must give heed to the region in which the patient lives, that is to say, to its type and peculiarities.
– 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
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
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
This is alchemy, and this is the office of Vulcan; he is the apothecary and chemist of the medicine.
– Paracelsus
This process is alchemy: its founder is the smith Vulcan.
– 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
Life is like music, it must be composed by ear, feeling and instinct, not by rule. Nevertheless one had better know the rules, for they sometimes guide in doubtful cases, though not often.
– Paracelsus
Poison is in everything, and no thing is without poison. The dosage makes it either a poison or a remedy.
– 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
Medicine rests upon four pillars – philosophy, astronomy, alchemy, and ethics.
– Paracelsus
Dreams must be heeded and accepted. For a great many of them come true.
– Paracelsus
Dreams are not without meaning wherever thay may come from-from fantasy, from the elements, or from other inspiration.
– Paracelsus