Aphorisms & Precepts


The Homoeopathic physician must continue to study in the science and in the art before he can become expert. This will grow in him until he becomes increasingly astute and he will grow stronger and wiser in his selections for sick people….


It is no proof of man’s undertaking to be able to confirm what he pleases; but to be able to discern that what is true is true, and what is false is false, this is the mark and character of intelligence. EMANUEL SWEDENBORG

KENT’S APHORISMS AND PRECEPTS

Truth, on every plane, is a sword, chat wounds deeply; and blood flows freely.

The more idols a man has the less able is he to receive truth. He is sick.

You cannot divorce Medicine and Theology. Man exists all the way down, from his innermost Spiritual, to his outermost Natural.

A truth, on any plane, presented to different men, is accepted or rejected by each according to the good or evil of his mind.

The external man is but an outward expression of the internal; so the results of disease (symptoms) are but the outward expression of the internal sickness.

Everything is harmoniously working in the well man. Consider the man, heal the sick.

Hahnemann’s was an unusual life. He was as circumspect as a woman, and that is saying a great deal. He had a duty to perform, and could do it. Clean, honorable, noble; a man of integrity to himself and his family.

The person who loves crime lives in it. It becomes a part of his nature, and shows itself in the external man. The man who loves truth and humanity, lives in that idea, and it become a part of his nature, and can be seen in his looks and his life.

An immense amount of hardness of heart and lack of charity is engendered by trying to accumulate a large number of “Grand Operations” without asking, “Is this for the good of the patient?”.

If you lose the attitude of mind which seeks the good of the patient you will lose your Homoeopathy.

If Homoeopathy does not cure sick people you are to despise it.

Those who say they have tested Homoeopathy and it is a failure have only exposed their own ignorance.

So long as a man relies upon the senses to settle what is scientific and what is not, and does not use his understanding, so long will he be in confusion, and Sciences will oppose each other.

The Old School must know Pathology before they can treat disease, and they must have a post mortem before they can know pathology.

So long as man is capable of believing that Diabetes is disease, and that Bright’s Disease is a disease, so long will man be insane in Medicine. His mind is only directed toward the results of disease.

It is not Homoeopathic to say “Can you cure a cancer?” or “Can you cure Epilepsy?”

Technicalities are condemned in Homoeopathy. Only frame in your mind that you have seen a species of Scarlet Fever, a species of Measles, or a species of Tuberculosis, or Diabetes, and speak of them as such; that the speech may be a true outward representation of the internal thought.

A physician’s attitude in performing his duty to the sick, is different from that of any other person. He has a different sphere from that of the ordinary man. This is a thousand times amplified in Homoeopathy. One who has entertained that peculiar “circumcision of the heart,” always looking to the good of his patient, never thinking of the criticism of man, acquires an ability to say what is right to do. He establishes a garment of righteousness.

There is a state of insanity in the Sciences of the present day. They put all laws aside, in order to accept, for instance the, Molecular theory, because they want something that in its aggregate will be large enough to be felt with the fingers.

If there were no Idiosyncrasy there would be no Homoeopathy. Every individual is susceptible to certain things; is susceptible to sickness, and equally susceptible to cure.

Cure rests in the degree of susceptibiliness.

Remedies operate as by contagion. He caught the disease, and catches the cure.

Dynamic wrongs are corrected from the interior by dynamic agencies.

Principle teaches you to avoid suppression. A Homoeopath cannot temporize. Those sufferings are necessary sometimes to show forth sickness in order that a remedy may be found.

The affections make the man.

You must see and feel the internal nature of your patient as the artist sees and feels the picture he is painting. He feels it. Study to feel the economy, the life, the soul.

You cannot depend on lucky shots and guess work, everything depends on long study of each individual case.

This opens a field of tedious labor, and many failures, but if once in a while you succeed in curing one of these lost ones it is well.

Memorizers have no perception; they can only remember what they see, and they see only the surface.

Memory is not knowledge until it is comprehended and used; then grows the ability to perceive.

Understand the remedy first, the keynotes last.

Every ignorant man thinks that what he knows is the end of knowledge.

The physician who violates his conscience, destroys his ability to perceive.

What appears to be intuition comes from using that which is in the understanding.

It is the imperfect machine that causes death. The Vital Force is of the Soul, and cannot be destroyed or weakened. It can be disordered, but it is all there.

Man cannot be made sick or be cured except by some substance as ethereal in quality as the Vital Force.

It is unthinkable to speak of Motion or Force without a simple, primitive substance. Force, or action of a nothing is unthinkable.

It is a serious matter to allow the mind to drift into thinking of anything but quality when speaking of force.

There is nothing in the world which does not exist by something prior to itself. With the grossest materialistic ideas man can demonstrate this.

There is at the present time, a continual discussion of Force as an energy having nothing prior to it. This is confusion.

There is an Innermost to everything that is, or else the outermost could not be.

The Simple Substance is the substance of substances, and all things are from it. It is really first, in which rests all power.

Weight cannot be predicated of the Simple Substance, neither time, nor space.

No power known to man exists in the concrete substance, but all power exists in the Primitive Substance.

The Primitive Substance, or Radiant form of matter, is just as much matter as matter in its aggregate form.

The real holding together of the things in this world is by Simple Substance.

Every individual with whom you converse, has his own ideas and theories. When he questions you about Homoeopathy, you hesitate because he has not the beginnings.

When he questions you about Homoeopathic facts, if you tell him what your opinion about it is he will listen to you; but when you say it is so and so, he looks at you in wonder and doubt.

Your enemy on the ground of common sense can say so much more than you can that many individuals can be reasoned away from you.

Anything which looks away from exactitude is unscientific. The physician must be classical; everything must be methodical. Science ceases to be scientific when disorderly application of law is made.

Eternal Principles, themselves, are authority. The Law of Similars is a Divine Law. So soon as you have accepted the Law of Similars, so soon have you accepted Providence, which is law and order.

If you do not use your Homoeopathy you will lose it. This is a responsibility so great that where one has gone into the Truth and does not make use of his knowledge, he will become like Egypt of old.

The sick are entitled to exact knowledge, not to guess work,

Leave names out when prescribing. They are only for the foolish and for the boards of health.

The disease is not to be named but to be perceived; not to be classified but to be viewed, that the very nature of it may be discovered.

Throw aside all theories, and matters of belief and opinion, and dwell in simple fact.

The human mind should not be burdened with technicalities. They destroy description, and close the understanding.

You must be able to recognize every ambassador of the internal man.

A profane man can have no more idea of the sentiments of a gentle, highly religious woman, than can a lobster.

The physician must see and feel, as the artist does his picture. He must perceive, by his knowledge of the human heart, that good woman’s state whose religious melancholy he could not otherwise understand.

Every scientific man today is trying to find something he can claim as his own. Such a man cannot understand Homoeopathy. He worships himself. Has dwelt on the externals so long that it is impossible for him to think rationally.

Whenever a, man settles all things by his eyes, and fingers, pseudo-science and theories, he reasons from lasts to firsts; in other words, from himself, and is insane.

Man’s unbelief and opinion do not effect truth. The experience which the Homoeopath has, is experience under law and confirms the law and by this order is maintained.

What matters it what people think of a just man? His reputation will take care of itself.

A man, whose services are worth having, can starve in the gutter, in order that he may do good, for the love of his neighbor; and he will acquire this power, this perception. Such a physician may realize what it is to have a duty to perform.

Materia Medica never inspires perception. The physician must have the love of its use, and he becomes wise in proportion as he loves his use, and in proportion as he lives uprightly with his patients; that is, desires to heal them; beautify their souls. Can the physician, who does not love his neighbour as himself, get into this position?

One can never look from the toxic, to see what is in harmony with the dynamic, but may look from the dynamic to see what is in harmony with the toxic.

Toxicology shows the ability, or the extent of the effects of a drug.

All human beings have like possibilities of degradation; so we cannot look down on any member of the human race. We sometimes find the lowest, characteristics that are the noblest.

You cannot meditate on even the extreme of the human race. It becomes your solemn duty to heal the good, bad, and indifferent.

Does any one know what Chemical Affinity is, except that certain substances seek to take a liking to each other?

If it were not for the Simple Substance, such states as antipathy, sympathy, or affinity, could not be. It is the sphere of Homoeopathy to deal with these things; to glean what is the real Esse and existence.

There are two worlds; the world of thought, or immaterial substance, and the world of matter or material substance.

What reason has man to say that Energy or Force is first? Energy is not energy per se, but a powerful substance. The very Esse of God is a scientific study.

Bodies are not drawn together by means of their bodies, but by means of their Primitive Substance.

The Simple Substance is the means of identification in nature. The mineral, the oak, the wheat, are all identified by their Primitive Substance, and exist, only, because of their Primitive Substance, which makes them what they are.

Name everything that is, or moves; it is sustained from, and by power of this Primitive Substance. We do not argue that it is first power, but this is first substance.

Susceptibility is only a name for a state that underlies all possible sickness and all possible cure.

Now when a person becomes sick, he becomes susceptible to a certain remedy, which will affect him in its highest potency; while upon a healthy person it will have no effect.

When the dose is too large to cure, man receives it as a sickness.

Susceptibility exists in the Vital Force, and not in the tissues. Measles and Smallpox are not on the outside. Man is protected on the outside, and is attacked from the inside when there is susceptibility.

There are degrees in susceptibility. The Old School calls a certain kind of susceptibility “Idiosyncrasy,” though they have failed to find out what this is.

Think how susceptible a man is to sickness, when the Rhus vine will poison him when he is on the windward side, half a mile away.

An individual may be susceptible to nothing else; gross, coarse, vigorous in constitution; yet there is one thing he is susceptible to, and that is what he needs.

The signs are visible, but the Esse is invisible

The tendency of the human mind to run after things visible, that can be felt with the fingers, leads one to adopt foolish theories like the Bacteria doctrine and the Molecular theory.

A Physician above all men if not innocent should be anything else but a doctor. A bad man has only coarse, vicious ideas of the human heart.

When a man thinks from the microscope, and his neighbour’s opinion, he thinks falsely. Nothing good can come from this. Evil must take place, and changes, which are the ultimates of his internal thought, will take place in the body.

The time may come when Homoeopathy of the purer kind will be popular, but it is a very long time ahead.

Some have been confused by primary and secondary effects of medicine. You need not worry over this. You only need to know that certain symptoms follow each other. Primary and secondary action reverse themselves in different individuals.

The sharper the edge of the tool you fool with the more harm you can do; so it is with high potencies in unskilled hands.

A remedy is not known simply because it has been used upon the sick. That is a confirmation only, and gives more ripened knowledge.

The rational mind can go far beyond the idea of a molecule.

The Homoeopathic physician who thinks in quantities only, has such a crude mind that he cannot realize true Homoeopathy.

The old Philosophers were engaged in constant controversy, here converging, there diverging. If they had only known something of Simple Substance, as does the Homoeopath, they would have had confirmation.

In chemistry one colour obliterates another. This is an illustration of the outermost changes. The causes of such change lie in the primitive substance and not in the external form; so it is with the causes of cure.

Homoeopaths have a consciousness of what life is, what the life force is, what the nature of disease is, and can apply to all theories of the world our measure and test them. They can realize the philosophies.

There is nothing in the outer world but what is representative.

The song that is within the heart is a million times more intense, more beautiful, than can be produced by the larynx. Everything that is, or appears as real before the eyes, or to the ear in sound, is only representation of the real world; because everything of this character is perishable.

All Art has its Internal and External. If music is in the soul it will give the outward reflected image of the delight which is song.

The world today accepts things perfectly incongruous and calls them science. Modern science accepts nothing which cannot be heard, felt, or seen.

Take a body of scientific men: after a lengthy discussion the conclusion is, that “we have concluded so and so,” by the majority, after a general average is taken, and the conclusion is Science.

The microscopist has failed to show that there is no Vital Force, no Simple Substance, no Dynamis in drugs seen, and how can we expect him to foretell when the substance cannot be seen?

The different Philosophies do not agree about the Simple Substance, upon which they all touch in theory. They have no confirmation which could be had in the Homoeopathic potencies, and in their action upon the sick.

The personal stamp is upon every disease and upon every proving, and the individual must be permitted to stamp himself upon the disease as well as upon the proving.

There are no two things alike in the universe. This is so of diseases and of sick people, of thousands of crystals of the same salt. No two stars are alike. When this thought presents itself to the mind of the physician, he can see that no remedy can be substituted for another.

A disease may be suppressed by a medicine as well as by a stronger dissimilar disease.

In Epilepsy, so long as Bromides suppress, nature is paying more attention to the disease of Bromides than to the disease of Epilepsy.

Epilepsy is not a disease; you cannot prescribe for Epilepsy. The symptoms which represent the nature of the sickness are not in the fit, but those which the patient has had in infancy up to the time of the fit.

The Homoeopathic remedy only becomes Homoeopathic when it has established its curative relation; the relation between two dynamic influences.

Homoeopathicity is the relation between the symptoms of the patient and the remedy which will cure.

Homoeopathy is an applied science not a theory.

It is an injustice to Science to practice without exact knowledge and reasons for what you do. The whole world is but a swirl of this round about inheritance instead of knowledge.

If we could accept opinion we should have to go back to Allopathy, because we find there only a record of man’s experiments; a mass of heterogeneous opinions.

Experience teaches the Allopath to give Muriatic acid in Germany for Typhoid Fever, Nitric acid in England, cold bathing in Paris for the same. This is the doctrine of the Old School by “experience.”

It is an injustice to one’s self to remain in bigotry, intolerance and hatred.

When you have discovered that this Life Force resides in a simple substance you see at once that death is not an entity. The body has no life of its own and therefore it cannot die.

Therefore there is no death, but we do observe and perceive that there is a separation, of one that is alive from another that never was alive; a disjunction of that which lives from that which never lived.

That changes in the body correspond to wrong thinking is true. The fault of the world today, is reasoning from externals. Man elected in the early part of his history to think from lasts to firsts, and thereby lost his ability to know.

One sick man is to be treated, not the disease.

Man must be studied as he is, as he was, everything of man and of the human race in general, in order to understand disease.

In proportion as man thinks against everything, his country, his God, his neighbour, he wills in favor of himself. Therefore this forms man into the nature of his affections.

Thus man wills against everything but himself. In proportion as he does this he becomes a form of hatred, or a form of self love; he is that. Allow this to proceed and ultimates are inevitable.

Thus man is what he wills. As his love is, so is his life. When man thinks about the neighbour, he wills one of two things he wills good to his neighbour or the opposite.

Psora is the evolution of the state of man’s will, the ultimate of his sin.

This outgrowth, which has come upon man from living a life of evil willing, is Psora is the life of Psora.

Now in proportion as a man falsifies truth or mixes or perverts truth; in proportion as he mixes willing well with willing evil, so does he adulterate his interiors until that state is present.

When Psora had become a complete ultimation, of causes, it became contagious.

Everything that is a thing, has its aura or atmosphere. So as a race or class, the entire human race has its atmosphere or aura also. Each individual has his aura, or atmosphere.

This aura becomes intensified with the growth of evil in the interior of man.

Thinking, willing, and doing, are the three things in life from which finally proceed the chronic miasms.

The whole Miasm in a chronic disease, does not come out in an individual, but in the human race.

The human race exists as a changed Esse.

The Homoeopathic principles, when known, are plain, simple and easily comprehended. They are in harmony with all things known to be true.

It is not a matter of theory, or belief, or opinion; we must have something more substantial. Homoeopathy must rest upon facts.

When a microscopist can examine a grain of wheat, and tell whether it will grow if planted in favorable soil, he may be of use to Homoeopathy. When he can examine a smallpox crust and tell whether it is still contagious, or whether its power has been destroyed by heat, then he may be of use. When he can examine the Aconite root and tell how it will affect man, we can do away with provings, but we have to enter by a different door.

One cannot afford to be liberal with principle.

When you make failures you may be sure that they are within yourself. If you think the failure is in Homoeopathy you will begin your corrections on the wrong side of the ledger.

James Tyler Kent
James Tyler Kent (1849–1916) was an American physician. Prior to his involvement with homeopathy, Kent had practiced conventional medicine in St. Louis, Missouri. He discovered and "converted" to homeopathy as a result of his wife's recovery from a serious ailment using homeopathic methods.
In 1881, Kent accepted a position as professor of anatomy at the Homeopathic College of Missouri, an institution with which he remained affiliated until 1888. In 1890, Kent moved to Pennsylvania to take a position as Dean of Professors at the Post-Graduate Homeopathic Medical School of Philadelphia. In 1897 Kent published his magnum opus, Repertory of the Homœopathic Materia Medica. Kent moved to Chicago in 1903, where he taught at Hahnemann Medical College.