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Definition of Monad

Monad

  1. An ultimate atom, or simple, unextended point; something ultimate and indivisible.
  2. The elementary and indestructible units which were conceived of as endowed with the power to produce all the changes they undergo, and thus determine all physical and spiritual phenomena.
  3. One of the smallest flangellate Infusoria; esp., the species of the genus Monas, and allied genera.
  4. A simple, minute organism; a primary cell, germ, or plastid.
  5. An atom or radical whose valence is one, or which can combine with, be replaced by, or exchanged for, one atom of hydrogen.

Monad Quotations

The soul is so far from being a monad that we have not only to interpret other souls to ourself but to interpret ourself to ourself.
T. S. Eliot

Indeed every monad must be different from every other. For there are never in nature two beings, which are precisely alike, and in which it is not possible to find some difference which is internal, or based on some intrinsic quality.
Gottfried Leibniz

But in simple substances the influence of one monad over another is ideal only.
Gottfried Leibniz

For since it is impossible for a created monad to have a physical influence on the inner nature of another, this is the only way in which one can be dependent on another.
Gottfried Leibniz

I also take it as granted that every created thing, and consequently the created monad also, is subject to change, and indeed that this change is continual in each one.
Gottfried Leibniz
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