Poison is in everything, and no thing is without poison. The dosage makes it either a poison or a remedy.

— Paracelsus

The most provocative Paracelsus quotes that will transform you to a better person

The art of healing comes from nature, not from the physician. Therefore the physician must start from nature, with an open mind.


Man is a microcosm, or a little world, because he is an extract from all the stars and planets of the whole firmament, from the earth and the elements; and so he is their quintessence.


He who knows nothing loves nothing. He who can do nothing understands nothing. He who understands nothing is worthless. But he who understands also loves, notices, sees. The more knowledge is inherent in a thing, the greater the love.


All that man needs for health and healing has been provided by God in nature, the Challenge of science is to find it.


Every physician must be rich in knowledge, and not only of that which is written in books; his patients should be his book, they will never mislead him.


The universities do not teach all things .

.. so a doctor must seek out old wives, gypsies, sorcerers, wandering tribes, old robbers, and such outlaws and take lessons from them. A doctor must be a traveller . . . Knowledge is experience.


The human body is vapor materialized by sunshine mixed with the life of the stars.


Dreams must be heeded and accepted. For a great many of them come true.


Fasting is the greatest remedy-- the physician within.


If we want to make a statement about a man's nature on the basis of his physiognomy, we must take everything into account; it is in his distress that a man is tested, for then his nature is revealed.


The beginning of wisdom is the beginning of supernatural power.


The ultimate cause of human disease is the consequence of our transgression of the universal laws of life.


About Paracelsus

Quotes 85 sayings
Nationality Swiss
Profession Scientist
Birthday October 16

Nature is a light, and by looking at Nature in her own light we will understand her. Visible Nature may be seen in her visible light; invisible Nature may become visible if we acquire the power to perceive her invisible light.


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.


It is said that a wise man rules over the stars, but this does not mean that he rules over the influences which come from the stars in the sky. It means that he rules over the powers which exist in his own constitution.


This process is alchemy: its founder is the smith Vulcan.


In every human being there is a special heaven, whole and unbroken.


Determined will is the beginning of all magical operations.

It is because men do not perfectly imagine and believe the result, that the (occult) arts are so uncertain, while they might be perfectly certain.


Anyone who imagines that all fruits ripen at the same time as the strawberries knows nothing about grapes.


However, anyone to whom this happens should not leave his room upon awakening, should speak to no-one, but remain alone and sober until everything comes back to him, and he recalls the dream.


Whether wine is a nourishment, medicine or poison is a matter of dosage


Time is a brisk wind, for each hour it brings something new.

.. but who can understand and measure its sharp breath, its mystery and its design?


All things are poisons. It is simply the dose that distinguishes between a poison and a remedy.


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.


Magic has power to experience and fathom things which are inaccessible to human reason. For magic is a great secret wisdom, just as reason is a great public folly.


Medicine rests upon four pillars - philosophy, astronomy, alchemy, and ethics.


A little bit of beer is divine medicine.


This is alchemy, and this is the office of Vulcan; he is the apothecary and chemist of the medicine.


Every body consists of three ingredients. The names of these are Sulphur, Mercury, and Salt.


What the eyes perceive in herbs or stones or trees is not yet a remedy; the eyes see only the dross.


Women's regular bleeding engenders phantoms.


Nature also forges man, now a gold man, now a silver man, now a fig man, now a bean man.


The right dose differentiates a poison from a remedy


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.


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.


He who knows nothing, loves nothing. He who can do nothing understands nothing. He who understands nothing is worthless.


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.


Time is a brisk wind, for each hour it brings something new.


A mortal lives not through that breath that flows in and that flows out.

The source of his life is another and this causes the breath to flow.


The dose makes the poison.


Know that the philosopher has power over the stars, and not the stars over him.


Be not another, if you can be yourself.


The physician must give heed to the region in which the patient lives, that is to say, to its type and peculiarities.


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.


When a man undertakes to create something, he establishes a new heaven, as it were, and from it the work that he desires to create flows into him... For such is the immensity of man that he is greater than heaven and earth.


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?


The most secure method, to ruin your health, is a SICK BED!


The interpretation of dreams is a great art.


So long as we do not blow our brains out, we have decided life is worth living.