Quotes by Ivan Illich

Ivan Illich was a Croatian-Austrian philosopher, Roman Catholic priest, and critic of the institutions of modern Western culture, who addressed contemporary practices in education, medicine, work, energy use, transportation, and economic development. The book that brought Ivan Illich to public attention was Deschooling Society published in 1971.

The best Quotes and Sayings

We must rediscover the distinction between hope and expectation.

Hope, ExpectationsIvan Illich
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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.

Doctors & MedicineIvan Illich
 
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Tools can rule men sooner than they expect; the plow makes man the lord of the garden but also the refugee from the dust bowl.

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Effective health care depends on self-care; this fact is currently heralded as if it were a discovery.

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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.

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