Elisabeth Kübler-Ross

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People are like stained-glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light from within.

Dr. Elisabeth Kübler-Ross M.D. (8 July 192624 August 2004) was a psychiatrist, and a pioneer of near-death studies.

Quotes[edit]

To do service, you don't have to be a doctor working in the slums for free, or become a social worker. Your position in life and what you do doesn't matter as much as how you do what you do.
  • People are like stained-glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light from within.
    • As quoted in The Leader's Digest : Timeless Principles for Team and Organization (2003) by Jim Clemmer, p. 84
  • As far as service goes, it can take the form of a million things. To do service, you don't have to be a doctor working in the slums for free, or become a social worker. Your position in life and what you do doesn't matter as much as how you do what you do.
    • As quoted in Another Door Opens (2006) by Jeffrey A. Wands. p. 29
  • We make progress in society only if we stop cursing and complaining about its shortcomings and have the courage to do something about them.

On Death and Dying (1969)[edit]

  • We have to ask ourselves whether medicine is to remain a humanitarian and respected profession or a new but depersonalized science in the service of prolonging life rather than diminishing human suffering.
    • Ch. 2
  • There is not much sense in suffering, since drugs can be given for pain, itching, and other discomforts. The belief has long died that suffering here on earth will be rewarded in heaven. Suffering has lost its meaning.
    • Ch. 2
  • Guilt is perhaps the most painful companion of death.
    • Ch. 9
  • Watching a peaceful death of a human being reminds us of a falling star; one of a million lights in a vast sky that flares up for a brief moment only to disappear into the endless night forever.
  • Those who have the strength and the love to sit with a dying patient in the silence that goes beyond words will know that this moment is neither frightening nor painful, but a peaceful cessation of the functioning of the body.
It is difficult to accept death in this society because it is unfamiliar. In spite of the fact that it happens all the time, we never see it.

Death: The Final Stage of Growth (1975)[edit]

  • It is difficult to accept death in this society because it is unfamiliar. In spite of the fact that it happens all the time, we never see it.
    • Ch. 2
  • Those who have been immersed in the tragedy of massive death during wartime, and who have faced it squarely, never allowing their senses and feelings to become numbed and indifferent, have emerged from their experiences with growth and humanness greater than that achieved through almost any other means.
    • Ch. 5
  • Dying is something we human beings do continuously, not just at the end of our physical lives on this earth.
    • Ch. 6

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