Averroes Quotes

Who was Averroes?

Ibn Rushd was a Muslim Andalusian philosopher and thinker in the 12th century known as Averroes. He wrote on many subjects including philosophy, theology, medicine, astronomy, physics, Islamic jurisprudence and law, and linguistics.

Born January 1, 1126
Died December 11, 1198
Aged 72 years old

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Best 10 Quotes by Averroes

“A society will be free and pleasing to God when no one acts either out of fear of the Prince or of hell or out of desire for a reward from a courtier or from paradise. And when no one will say: this is mine.”

“All sciences originated among the sons of Israel, the reason being the existence of prophecy among them which made their perfection in the sciences amazing.”

“An army of philosophers would not be sufficient to change the nature of error and to make it truth.”

“Be humble enough to realize that you are no better than anyone else, be wise enough to realize that you are different from everyone else.”

“Ignorance leads to fear, fear leads to hate, and hate leads to violence. This is the equation.”

“Knowledge is the conformity of the object and the intellect.”

“The Prophet taught us that there is no holier war than telling the truth to an unjust ruler. The tyrant is the most slave of men. He is given over to his passions by his courtiers, to his terrors because he is afraid of his people.”

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“Two truths cannot contradict one another.”

“Women have the same final ends as men. The Quran only distinguishes between those, male or female, who seek the Law of God and those who do not care. There is no other hierarchy between human beings. But you men consider women as plants that are sought only for their fruits, procreation. And you make them separate, servants. These are your traditions: they have nothing to do with Islam.”

“Women should be treated as human beings, not as domestic animals.”

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