Avicenna Quotes (10 quotes)
A compendiun on the soul (1906 edition)
“Those who deny the first principle should be flogged or burned until they admit that it is not the same thing to be burned and not burned, or whipped and not whipped.”
Metaphysics, Book I
As quoted in Familiar Medical Quotations (1968) by Maurice B. Strauss
“Medicine considers the human body as to the means by which it is cured and by which it is driven away from health.”
As quoted in The Pursuit of Learning in the Islamic World, 610-2003 (2006), by Hunt Janin, p. 75.
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Bio: Abū ʿAlī al-Ḥusayn ibn ʿAbd Allāh ibn Sīnā, commonly known as Ibn Sīnā or by his Latinized name Avicenna, was a Persian polymath, who wrote almost 450 treatises on a wide range of subjects, of which around 240 have survived. In particular, 150 of his surviving treatises concentrate on philosophy and 40 of them concentrate on medicine.
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