21 May 2014

Félix Martí Ibáñez On Swami Vivekananda

Félix Martí-Ibáñez (25 December 1911 – 24 May 1972) was a physician, psychiatrist, academic, writer, and publisher. Some of his notable publications are Centaur: Essays on the History of Medical Ideas, The Epic of Medicine, To Be a Doctor, The Crystal Arrow: Essays on Literature, Travel, Art, Love, and the History of Medicine, The Mirror of Souls, and Other Essays etc. A detailed biography of Ibáñez is available at Wikipedia. In this article our topic is Félix Martí-Ibáñez's quotes and comments on Swami Vivekananda.

Dr. Félix Martí-Ibáñez told—
A young man
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Dr. Félix Martí Ibáñez was talking on "the most valuable thing in his life" and he told—
Life itself. Health and dreams and love. ...If what is meant by 'things', however, is something concrete in physical form, then I would have to say books. I was actually once put to the test of what I value most. It was in February 1939, when I had to leave Spain because of the fall of the Spanish Republic and all I could take with me was what I could carry. I chose to take one book. From the thousands of books in the library I have so lovingly built up with my father, I selected The Universal Gospel and The Life of Vivekananda by Romain Rolland. That uniquely magnificent mystical book inspired me through the years to dedicate my life to the service of others.


  1. Ibáñez, Félix Martí (1966). The Mirror of Souls, and Other Essays. Clarkson N. Potter. p. 310, ISBN 978-0-517-50120-7.

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  2. The Mirror of Souls, and Other Essays is an fine book


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