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The remedy is worse than the disease.
- Francis Bacon, Of Seditions
Disease is the retribution of outraged Nature.
- Hosea Ballou
[Diseases] crucify the soul of man, attenuate our bodies, dry them, wither them, shrivel them up like old apples, make them as so many anatomies.
- Robert Burton, Anatomy of Melancholy
(pt. I, sc. 2, memb. 3, subsect. 10)
The surest road to health, say what they will,
Is never to suppose we shall be ill.
Most of those evils we poor mortals know
From doctors and imagination flow.
- Charles Churchill
Say, ye oppress'd by some fantastic woes,
Some jarring nerve that baffles your repose;
Who press the downy couch, while slaves advance
With timid eye, to read the distant glance;
Who with sad prayers the weary doctor tease,
To name the nameless ever-new disease;
Who with mock patience dire complaints endure,
Which real pain and that alone can cure;
How would ye bear in real pain to lie,
Despised, neglected, left alone to die?
How would ye bear to draw your latest breath,
Where all that's wretched paves the way for death?
- George Crabbe, The Village
(bk. I, l. 250-61)
Apoplexic, and Lethargie,
As forlorn hope, assault the enemy.
- Guillaume de Salluste Du Bartas,
Divine Weekes and Workes
(pt. III, The Furies),
second week, first day
Disease is an experience of mortal mind. It is fear made manifest on the body. Divine Science takes away this physical sense of discord, just as it removes a sense of moral or mental inharmony.
- Mrs. Mary Baker Glover Eddy,
Science and Health (ch. XIV, 20)
He who cures a disease may be the skilfullest, but he that prevents it is the safest physician.
- Thomas Fuller (1)
The itch is a mean, unconfessable, ridiculous malady; one can pity someone who is suffering ; someone who wants to scratch himself makes one laugh.
- Andre Gide
That dire disease, whose ruthless power
Withers the beauty's transient flower.
- Oliver Goldsmith, Double Transformation
Disease is a hot-house plant.
- Albert von Haller
A bodily disease which we look upon as whole and entire within itself, may, after all, be but a symptom of some ailment in the spiritual part.
- Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Scarlet Letter
Against diseases here the strongest fence,
Is the defensive vertue, abstinence.
- Robert Herrick, Abstinence
Extreme remedies are very appropriate for extreme diseases.
- Hippocrates of Iphicrates, Aphorisms (6)
Disease is a physical process that generally begins that equality which death completes.
- Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")
It is not the disease but neglect of the remedy which generally destroys life.
- Latin Quotations
All interest in disease and death is only another expression of interest in life.
- Thomas Mann
The ideal way to get rid of any infectious disease would be to shoot instantly every person who comes down with it.
- Henry Louis Mencken
The canker which the trunk conceals is revealed by the leaves, the fruit, or the flower.
[It., D'ogni pianta palesa l'aspetto
Il difetto, che il tronco nasconde
Per le fronde, dal frutto, o dal fior.]
- Metastasio (pseudonym of Antonio Domenico Bonaventura Trapassi Pietro),
Giuseppe Riconosciuto (I)
Sickness seizes the body from bad ventilation.
[Lat., Aere non certo corpora languor habet.]
- Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso), Ara Amatoria
Diseases of the mind impair the bodily powers.
[Lat., Vitiant artus aegrae contagia mentis.]
- Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso), Tristium
(III, 8, 25)
I have learned more about love, selflessness and human understanding in this great adventure in the world of Aids than I ever did in the cut-throat, competitive world in which I spent my life.
- Anthony Perkins,
a posthumous statement, in the "Independent", Sep. 20, 1992
And as in men's bodies, so in government, that disease is most serious which proceeds from the head.
[Lat., Utque in corporibus, sic in imperio, gravissimus est morbus qui a capite diffunditur.]
- Pliny the Younger (Caius Caecilius Secundus),
Epistles (bk. IV, 22)
Just disease to luxury succeeds.
- Alexander Pope
As man, perhaps, the moment of his breath,
Receives the lurking principle of death,
The younger disease, that must subdue at length,
Grows with his growth, and strengthens with his strength.
- Alexander Pope, Essay on Man
(ep. II, l. 133)
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