Great Throughts Treasury

A database of quotes

Bernie S. Siegel

Medical Doctor who practiced General Medicine and Pediatric Surgery, Author and Lecturer on the relationship between the patient and the Healing Process

"Diseases can be our spiritual flat tires - disruptions in our lives that seem to be disasters at the same time but end by redirecting our lives in a meaningful way."

"Discovering the ways in which you are exceptional, the particular path you are meant to follow, is your business on this earth, whether you are afflicted or not. It's just that the search takes on a special urgency when you realize you are mortal."

"Feelings are chemical and can kill or cure."

"It doesn't matter what the disease is. There is always room for hope. I'm not going to die because of statistics. I hope you won't either."

"Disease can be the spark or gift that allows many of us to live out our personal myths and become heroes."

"It takes more distress and poison to kill someone who has peace of mind and loves life."

"Life is so mysterious. People are in misery, and they don’t know how to get out, get help or free themselves. Life is total freedom, but we’re trapped in our own civilization, culture, religion, teachings. We’re equipped with fear, ignorance, unhappiness. Desire is the big evil, the big temptation. Many people carry on in life without knowing this. We do so much for our bodies but not for our souls. Pay attention to yourself, monitor your thinking and capture the villains within. Know what it is in you that would make people suffer more, make people suffer less. Know this and you know how to use your thinking and abilities to bring peace. Certain people have certain duties, a talent. The meaning of life is to see this mission, fulfill it and make the maximum use of your life and your benefit and mankind’s."

"One cannot get through life without pain... What we can do is choose how to use the pain life presents to us."

"The emotional environment we create within our bodies can activate mechanisms of destruction or repair."

"Diseases can be our spiritual flat tires - disruptions in our lives that seem to be disasters at the time, but end by redirecting our lives in a meaningful way."

"Our Creator has given us five senses to help us survive threats from the external world, and a sixth sense, our healing system, to help us survive internal threats."

"The future of the world would be assured if every child were loved."

"If I told patients to raise their blood levels of immune globulins or killer T-cells, no one would know how. But if I can teach them to love themselves and others fully, the same change happens automatically. The truth is 'Love heals.'"

"Every day is my best day; this is my life. I’m not going to have this moment again."