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  Avicenna, Ibn Sina - quotes, life and health advice

Avicenna

 

Born in Afšana, a village near Bukhara, Uzbekistan, Ibn Sina (980-1037), widely known as Avicenna, was a famous Persian polymath (meaning he was an expert in a variety of different fields). He is considered to be one of the most consequential thinkers, physicians, writers, and astronomers of the ‘Islamic Golden Age.'

    

Avicenna, Ibn Sina - quotes, life and health advice

I prefer a short life with width to a narrow one with length.

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Avicenna, Ibn Sina - quotes, life and health advice

The knowledge of anything, since all things have causes, is not acquired or complete unless it is known by its causes.

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Life, Knowledge, Virtue

That whose existence is necessary must necessarily be one essence.

The knowledge of anything, since all things have causes, is not acquired or complete unless it is known by its causes.

The more brilliant the lightning, the quicker it disappears.

It is in the nature of water ... to become transformed into earth through a predominating earthy virtue; ... it is in the nature of earth to become transformed into water through a predominating aqueous virtue.

The different sorts of madness are innumerable.

 

 

 

 

 

Avicenna, Ibn Sina - quotes, life and health advice

The world is divided into men who have wit and no religion and men who have religion and no wit.

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God, Religion, Prayers

God, the supreme being, is neither circumscribed by space, nor touched by time; he cannot be found in a particular direction, and his essence cannot change. The secret conversation is thus entirely spiritual; it is a direct encounter between God and the soul, abstracted from all material constraints.

Prayer is that which enables the soul to realize its divinity. Through prayer human beings worship absolute truth, and seek an eternal reward. Prayer is the foundation-stone of religion; and religion is the means by which the soul is purified of all that pollutes it. Prayer is the worship of the first cause of all things, the supreme ruler of all the world, the source of all strength. Prayer is the adoration of the one whose being is necessary.

 

 

 

 

 

Avicenna, Ibn Sina - quotes, life and health advice

Panic makes half of a malady. Calmness makes half of good health. Patience is the beginning of recovery.

Avicenna

 

 

Health, Medicine

Medicine is the science by which we learn the various states of the human body in health and when not in health, and the means by which health is likely to be lost and, when lost, is likely to be restored back to health. In other words, it is the art whereby health is conserved and the art whereby it is restored after being lost.

Medicine considers the human body as to the means by which it is cured and by which it is driven away from health.

Medicine deals with the states of health and disease in the human body. It is a truism of philosophy that a complete knowledge of a thing can only be obtained by elucidating its causes and antecedents, provided, of course, such causes exist. In medicine it is, therefore, necessary that causes of both health and disease should be determined.

There are no incurable diseases – only the lack of will. There are no worthless herbs – only the lack of knowledge.

When you do not know the nature of the malady, leave it to nature; do not strive to hasten matters. For either nature will bring about the cure or it will itself reveal clearly what the malady really is.

Panic makes half of a malady. Calmness makes half of good health. Patience is the beginning of recovery.