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Ivan Illich Quotes – Provocative Words from one of the Wisest Social Critics!

Ivan Illich Quotes

This week marks the birthday (Sept. 4) of Ivan Illich, one of the wisest social critics of the twentieth century!

Here are a few provocative Ivan Illich quotes that are representative of some of his best known works.

We encourage you to read some of the books, as they offer a deeper exploration of the provocative ideas introduced in these quotes.

Ivan Illich Quotes

Limits to Medicine: Medical Nemesis, the Expropriation of Health
[1975]

Two Quotes:

“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.”

 

“The more time, toil, and sacrifice spent by a population in producing medicine as a commodity, the larger will be the by-product, namely, the fallacy that society has a supply of health locked away which can be mined and marketed.”

 

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One Comment

  1. Having to jump to the next page after every two quotes is a nuisance. I realize you’re trying to maximize your ad revenue by this tactic, but I doubt Ivan Illich would approve.