Width of life is more important than length of life.

— Avicenna

The most colorful Avicenna quotes that will inspire your inner self

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.


The different sorts of madness are innumerable.


The more brilliant the lightning, the quicker it disappears.


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


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.


That whose existence is necessary must necessarily be one essence.


Pain is a sensation produced by something contrary to the course of nature and this sensation is set up by one of two circumstances: either a very sudden change of the temperament (or the bad effect of a contrary temperament) or a solution of continuity.


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.


Disease is an abnormal state of the body which primarily and independently produces a disturbance in the normal functions of the body. It may be an abnormality of temperament or form (structure). Symptom is a manifestation of some abnormal state in the body. It may be harmful as a colic pain or harmless as the flushing of cheeks in peripneumonia.


The physical signs of measles are nearly the same as those of smallpox, but nausea and inflammation is more severe, though the pains in the back are less.


Pure earth does not petrify, because the predominance of dryness over [i.

e. in] the earth endows it not with coherence but rather with crumbliness. In general, stone is formed in two ways only (a) through the hardening of clay, and (b) by the congelation [of waters].


About Avicenna

Quotes 28 sayings
Profession Philosopher
Birthday October 16

Leeches should be kept a day before applying them.

They should be squeezed to make them eject the contents of their stomachs.


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


As to the mental essence, we find it in infants devoid of every mental form.


An ignorant doctor is the aide-de-camp of death.


A horse is simply a horse.


In God alone, essence (what He is) and existence (that he is) coincide.


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


Therefore in medicine we ought to know the causes of sickness and health.


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.


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.


Mountains have been formed by one [or other] of the causes of the formation of stone, most probably from agglutinative clay which slowly dried and petrified during ages of which we have no record. It seems likely that this habitable world was in former days uninhabitable and, indeed, submerged beneath the ocean. Then, becoming exposed little by little, it petrified in the course of ages.


Those who deny the first principle should be flogged or burned until they admit that it is not the same thing to be burned and not burned, or whipped and not whipped.


Now it is established in the sciences that no knowledge is acquired save through the study of its causes and beginnings, if it has had causes and beginnings; nor completed except by knowledge of its accidents and accompanying essentials.


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


Is it the fault of wine if a fool drinks it and goes stumbling into darkness?