Ivan Illich Quotes


14 Ivan Illich quotes:



"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."
"Effective health care depends on self-care; this fact is currently heralded as if it were a discovery . . ."
Author: Illich Quotes Category: Discovery Quotes
"The public school has become the established church of secular society."
"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."
"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."
"We must rediscover the distinction between hope and expectation."
"There is no greater distance than that between a man in prayer and God."
"Leadership does not depend on being right."
"Effective health care depends on self-care; this fact is currently heralded as if it were a discovery."
"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."
"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."
Author: Illich Quotes Category: Birth Quotes
"Man must choose whether to be rich in things or in the freedom to use them"
Author: Illich Quotes Category: Freedom Quotes
"Together we have come to realize that for most men the right to learn is curtailed by the obligation to attend school"
Author: Illich Quotes Category: Learning Quotes
"It takes more time and effort and delicacy to learn the silence of a people than to learn its sounds. Some people have a special gift for this. Perhaps this explains why some missionaries, notwithstanding their efforts, never come to speak properly, to communicate delicately through silences. Although they ''speak with the accent of natives'' they remain forever thousands of miles away. The learning of the grammar of silence is an art much more difficult to learn than the grammar of sounds."
Author: Illich Quotes Category: Silence Quotes



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