Ivan Illich

Ivan Illich (/ɪˈvɑːn ˈɪlɪtʃ/; 4 September 1926 – 2 December 2002) was an Austrian philosopher, Roman Catholic priest, and "maverick social critic" of the institutions of contemporary Western culture and their effects on the provenance and practice of education, medicine, work, energy use, transportation, and economic development.


Ivan Illich Quotes

Ivan Illich #Death #Hope

At the moment of death I hope to be surprised.
Ivan Illich #Health #Medical

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.
Ivan Illich #Health

Effective health care depends on self-care this fact is currently heralded as if it were a discovery.
Ivan Illich #Hope

We must rediscover the distinction between hope and expectation.
Ivan Illich #Leadership

Leadership does not depend on being right.
Ivan Illich #Society

The public school has become the established church of secular society.
Ivan Illich #Attitude

The compulsion to do good is an innate American trait. Only North Americans seem to believe that they always should, may, and actually can choose somebody with whom to share their blessings. Ultimately this attitude leads to bombing people into the acceptance of gifts.
Ivan Illich #Diet #Health #Work

Healthy people are those who live in healthy homes on a healthy diet in an environment equally fit for birth, growth work, healing, and dying... Healthy people need no bureaucratic interference to mate, give birth, share the human condition and die.