The Physician (2013) Poster


Ben Kingsley: Ibn Sina



  • Ibn Sina : Because there is nothing to be afraid of.Death is merely a threshold we must all cross... into the silence, after the final heartbeat... drifting away with our final exhalation... into eternal peace...

  • Ibn Sina : This is the burden every physician must learn to bear. You can't look upon death as the enemy.

    Rob Cole : Than what? A friend?

    Ibn Sina : [looking to the sky]  I've calculated the orbits of all these stars and planets. Filled volumes with calculations. I have barely scratched the real secrets of creation.

    Rob Cole : Isn't it frustrating there's so much you don't know?

    Ibn Sina : No. It fills me with awe. How pale and tedious would this world be without mystery.

  • Ibn Sina : What is it like?

    Rob Cole : Inside?

    Ibn Sina : [nods] 

    Rob Cole : It is both... beautiful... and frightening.

    Ibn Sina : Go on.

    Rob Cole : I saw the heart!

    Ibn Sina : Describe it.

    Rob Cole : It has two chambers with an impassable wall in between.

    Ibn Sina : So how does the blood get from one side to the other?

    Rob Cole : By way of the lungs, I think.

    Ibn Sina : So all our theories of human circulation would be... wrong.

    Rob Cole : Master, nothing is as it is in the books! Nothing!

  • Ibn Sina : You seem more interested in medicine than my other patients.

    Rob Cole : I've come to be a student of Ibn Sina.

    Ibn Sina : Have you now?

    Rob Cole : I've been told he's the greatest healer in all the world.

    Ibn Sina : No he's not that great. Quite ordinary, really.

    Rob Cole : Do you know him?

    Ibn Sina : A little better each day.

  • Rob Cole : Wake the pharmacist! Fetch my bag! Run...

    Despina : Where is he going?

    Ibn Sina : To save your life.

  • Rob Cole : They're going to die!

    Ibn Sina : We will fight for each and every life. Do you hear me? Each and every one.

  • Rob Cole : When the plague came, you were as helpless as a beach is to the advance of the sea. The tide washed over us and dragged our people away, and we could do nothing to stop it.

    Ibn Sina : You ask of medicine what only Allah can perform. Or Yahweh.

    Rob Cole : Do you never doubt your calling?

    Ibn Sina : Every morning and every evening. In between I work too hard to think about it.

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