Alexis Carrel

French surgeon and biologist

Alexis Carrel (28 June 18735 November 1944) was a French surgeon and biologist. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1912.

All great men are gifted with intuition. They know without reasoning or analysis, what they need to know.

Quotes edit

  • All great men are gifted with intuition. They know without reasoning or analysis, what they need to know.
    • As quoted in Nava-Vēda : God and Man (Nara and Narayan) (1968‎) by M. B. Raja Rao, p. 229

Man, The Unknown (1935) edit

  • L'intelligence est presque inutile à celui qui ne possède qu'elle.
    • Intelligence is almost useless to the person whose only quality it is.
  • The German government has taken energetic measures against the propagation of the defective, the mentally diseased, and the criminal. The ideal solution would be the suppression of each of these individuals as soon as he has proven himself to be dangerous.
    • As quoted by Andrés Horacio Reggiani: God's eugenicist. Alexis Carrel and the sociobiology of decline. Berghahn Books, Oxford 2007, p. 71. See Der Mensch, das unbekannte Wesen. DVA, Stuttgart 1937.
  • The existence of finality within the organism is undeniable. Each part seems to know the present and future needs of the whole, and acts accordingly. The significance of time and space is not the same for our tissues as for our mind. The body perceives the remote as well as the near, the future as well as the present.
    • p. 197
  • The democratic creed does not take account of the constitution of our body and of our consciousness. It does not apply to the concrete fact which the individual is. Indeed, human beings are equal. But individuals are not. The equality of their right is an illusion. The feeble-minded and the man of genius should not be equal before the law. The stupid, the unintelligent, those who are dispersed, incapable of attention, of effort, have no right to a higher education. It is absurd to give them the same electoral power as the fully developed individuals. Sexes are not equal. To disregard all their inequalities is dangerous. The democratic principle has contributed to the collapse of civilization in opposing the development of an elite.
    • p. 271 (cf. Erik von Kuehnelt-Leddihn, The Menace of the Herd (1943), p.324, note 11)
  • The conditioning of petty criminals with the whip, or some more scientific procedure, followed by a short stay in hospital, would probably suffice to insure order. Those who have murdered, robbed while armed with automatic pistol or machine gun, kidnapped children, despoiled the poor of their savings, misled the public in important matters, should be humanely and economically disposed of in small euthanasic institutions supplied with proper gasses. A similar treatment could be advantageously applied to the insane, guilty of criminal acts.
    • p. 391

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