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

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

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

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Among spirits one may be more mute and lying than another.

By the element of fire all that is imperfect is destroyed and taken away, as, for instance, the five metals, Mercury, Jupiter, Mars, Venus, and Saturn. On the other hand, the perfect metals, Sol and Luna, are not consumed in that same fire. They remain in the fire: and at the same time, out of the other imperfect ones which are destroyed, they assume their own body and become visible to the eyes.

God is the master who measures the disease and the stars. He has ordered everything according to His wisdom; who can fathom it?

In proportion as the nearer is clear the more remote is occult.

Nothing of true value is located in the body of a substance, but in the virtue. And this is the principle of the quintessence, which reduces, say 20 lbs. to a single ounce, and that ounce far exceeds the entire 20 lbs. in potency. Hence the less there is of body, the more in proportion is the virtue.

The more remote a thing is, of the less account is it esteemed in all the respects aforesaid, since what is present is always preferred before what is absent.

Throughout his life, a man cannot cast off what he received in his youth, my share was harshness, as against the subtle, pampered, and over-refined. Those who were brought up in soft clothes and by womenfolk have little in common with we who were raised among the pine trees

An inferior intelligence does not easily perceive occult and abstruse subjects.

Celestial and infernal powers do not obey the four elements, whether they be dry, moist, hot, or cold. No one of them has the faculty of acting against a Quintessence; but each one contains within itself its own powers and means of action.

God is the perfect poet, Who in creation acts his own conceptions. Shall man refuse to be ought less than God? Man's weakness is his glory ? for the strength which raises him to heaven and near God's self, came spite of it: God's strength his glory is, for thence came with our weakness sympathy which brought God down to earth, a man like us.

In that which is manifest (that is to say, the body of Jupiter) the other six corporeal metals are spiritually concealed, but one more deeply and more tenaciously than another.

Often the remedy is deemed the highest good because it helps so many.

The more remote, therefore, Jupiter is found to be from Mars and Venus, and the nearer Sol and Luna, the more ?goldness? or ?silveriness?, if I may so say, it contains in its body, and the greater, stronger, more visible, more tangible, more amiable, more acceptable, more distinguished, and more true it is found than in some remote body.

Truth is within ourselves; it takes no rise from outward things, whate'er you may believe: there is an inmost center in us all, where truth abides in fullness; and around wall upon wall, the gross flesh hems it in, this perfect clear perception ? which is truth; a baffling and perverting carnal mesh blinds it, and makes all error: and 'to know' rather consists in opening out a way whence the imprisoned splendor may escape, than in effecting entry for a light supposed to be without. Watch narrowly the demonstration of a truth, its birth, and you trace back the effluence to its spring and source within us, where broods radiance vast, to be elicited ray by ray, as chance shall favor.

And I do not take my medicines from the apothecaries; their shops are but foul sculleries, from which comes nothing but foul broths. As for you, you defend your kingdom with belly-crawling and flattery. How long do you think this will last? ... Let me tell you this: every little hair on my neck knows more than you and all your scribes, and my shoebuckles are more learned than your Galen and Avicenna, and my beard has more experience than all your high colleges.

Destruction perfects that which is good; for the good cannot appear on account of that which conceals it. The good is least good whilst it is thus concealed. The concealment must be removed that so the good may be able freely to appear in its own brightness.

God, our Father, has given us the life and the art of healing to protect and maintain it.

In us there is the Light of Nature, and that Light is God.

One may gather that elementary powers, in their process of destruction, can add nothing to, nor take away anything from, celestial powers (which are called Quintessence or its elements), nor have they any capacity for operating.

The nature of man, too, may be sustained in the absence of food, if the feet are planted in the earth. Thus we have seen a man who lived six months without food and was sustained only by this method: he wore a clod of earth on his stomach, and, when it got dry, took a new and fresh one. He declared that during the whole of that time he never felt hungry.

We must treat limb to limb? limb of the macrocosm to limb of the microcosm.

And since no heat is so strong as to be equalized therewith, it should be compared to the fire of Gehenna. A liquefaction of this kind has no sort of connection with others made by the heat of natural fire, or congelated or coagulated by natural cold.

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

He who conquers his enemy with meekness, wins fame.

It happens that men do not aspire to the superior orders of creation, because they are far distant from them, and do not see their glory. In like manner, they do not much fear those of an inferior order, because they are remote, and none of the living knows their condition or has experienced the misery of their punishment.

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