Ivan Illich Quotes

Ivan Illich

September 4, 1926 - December 2, 2002

Vienna, Austria

Austrian Philosopher, Roman Catholic priest

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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.

-Ivan Illich

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We must rediscover the distinction between hope and expectation.

-Ivan Illich

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Leadership does not depend on being right.

-Ivan Illich

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

-Ivan Illich

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There is no greater distance than that between a man in prayer and God.

-Ivan Illich

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At the moment of death I hope to be surprised.

-Ivan Illich