Paracelsus, aka 'Paracelsus the Great', born Philippus Aureolus Theophrastus Bombastus von Hohenheim

Paracelsus, aka 'Paracelsus the Great', born Philippus Aureolus Theophrastus Bombastus von Hohenheim
1493
1541

German-Swiss Renaissance Physician, Botanist, Alchemist, Astrologer, and General Occultist

Author Quotes

A doctor must be a traveler? Diseases wander hither and thither as wide as the world is and do not remain in one place. If one will know many diseases he must wander? My travels have developed me; no man becomes a master at home, nor finds his teacher behind the stove. For knowledge is not all locked up, but is distributed throughout the whole world. It must be sought for and captured wherever it is.

As yet men cannot do without contempt ? 'tis for their good, and therefore fit awhile that they reject the weak, and scorn the false, rather than praise the strong and true, in me. But after, they will know me! If I stoop into a dark tremendous sea of cloud, it is but for a time; I press God's lamp close to my breast ? its splendor, soon or late, will pierce the gloom: I shall emerge one day!

Faith is a luminous star that leads the honest seeker into the mysteries of Nature. You must seek your point of gravity in God, and put your trust into an honest, divine, sincere, pure, and strong faith, and cling to it with your whole heart, soul, sense, and thought - full of love and confidence. If you possess such a faith, God (Wisdom) will not withhold His truth from you, but He will reveal His works to you credibly, visibly, and consolingly.

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.

Laxative and constringent are not arcana.

Since, therefore, the characters of the sign of the stars and planets of heaven, together with the other names, inverted words, receipts, materials, and instruments are thoroughly well known to such as are acquainted with this art, it would be altogether superfluous to recur to these same subjects in the present book, although the use of such signs, names, and characters at the proper time is by no means without advantage.

Then their imagination could work wonders upon wonders and invoke the shades of the philosophers, who would instruct them in their art.

Whatever is received into me becomes conformed thereto, and by means of us is converted into one body. It would be of little use to the world if it should learn, or at least believe, what lies hid in me, and what I am able to effect.

A knowledge of spiritual things cannot be obtained by merely reasoning logically from external appearances existing on the physical plane, but it may be acquired by obtaining more spirituality, and making one's self capable to feel and to see the things of the spirit.

Astronomia may be called the highest wisdom of mortals in the light of nature.

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.

I desire neither to live comfortably, nor do I wish to become rich. Happiness is better than riches and happy is he who wanders about, possessing nothing that requires his care. He who wants to study the book of nature must wander with his feet over its leaves.

Magic and Sorcery are two entirely different things, and there is as much difference between them as there is between light and darkness, and between white and black. Magic is the greatest wisdom and the knowledge of supernatural powers. A knowledge of spiritual things cannot be obtained by merely reasoning logically from external appearances existing on the physical plane, but it may be acquired by obtaining more spirituality, and making one's self capable to feel and to see the things of the spirit.

Sleeping is waking in regard to such arts, because it is the inner light of Nature that acts during sleep on the invisible man, who, notwithstanding his invisibility, is existing as truly as the visible one. The inner man is the natural man, and knows more than the one that is formed of flesh.

Theory and practice should together form one, and should remain undivided.

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.

All is interrelated. Heaven and earth, air and water. All are but one thing; not four, not two and not three, but one. Where they are not together, there is only an incomplete piece.

Astronomy is an indispensable Art; it should rightly be held in great esteem and studied earnestly and thoroughly.

For one country is different from another; its earth is different, as are its stones, wines, bread, meat, and everything that grows and thrives in a specific region.

I stood at first where all aspire at last to stand: the secret of the world was mine. I knew, I felt, (perception unexpressed, uncomprehended by our narrow thought, but somehow felt and known in every shift and change in the spirit, ? nay, in every pore of the body, even,) ? what God is, what we are, what life is ? how God tastes an infinite joy in infinite ways ? one everlasting bliss, from whom all being emanates, all power proceeds; in whom is life forevermore, yet whom existence in its lowest form includes.

Man consists of three things: sulphur, mercury, and salt. Of these consists also whatever anywhere exists, and of neither more nor fewer constituents.

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

There is a way ? 'tis hard for flesh to tread therein, imbued with frailty ? hopeless, if indulgence first have ripened inborn germs of sin to strength: wilt thou adventure for my sake and man's, apart from all reward?' and last it breathed ? 'be happy my good soldier; I am by thee, be sure, even to the end!' ? I answered not, knowing him. As he spoke, i was endued with comprehension and a steadfast will; and when he ceased, my brow was sealed his own. If there took place no special change in me, how comes it all things wore a different hue thenceforward? ? pregnant with vast consequence ? teeming with grand results ? loaded with fate; so that when quailing at the mighty range of secret truths which yearn for birth, I haste to contemplate undazzled someone truth, its bearings and effects alone ? at once what was a speck expands into a star, asking a life to pass exploring thus, till I near craze.

Who does not know something does not like anyone .. It cannot do something does not understand anyone who does not understand something that has no value. But it is understood he also loves notes and see, and greater knowledge of something, bone love... and that any man imagines that all fruits ripen at the same time your maturely strawberries knows nothing about grapes.

All liquefactions are manifested in that vessel. For the vessel is a living and corporeal spirit, and so all coagulations or congelations enclosed in it, when prevented from flowing and surrounded, are not therewith content.

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Paracelsus, aka 'Paracelsus the Great', born Philippus Aureolus Theophrastus Bombastus von Hohenheim
Birth Date
1493
Death Date
1541
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German-Swiss Renaissance Physician, Botanist, Alchemist, Astrologer, and General Occultist