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quotations about illness

A Man's illness is his private territory and, no matter how much he love you and how close you are, you stay an outsider. You are healthy.

LAUREN BACALL, Lauren Bacall By Myself

For each illness that doctors cure with medicine, they provoke ten in healthy people by inoculating them with the virus that is a thousand times more powerful than any microbe: the idea that one is ill.

MARCEL PROUST, "The Guermantes Way," Remembrance of Things Past

Infirmity doth still neglect all office
Whereto our health is bound; we are not ourselves
When nature, being oppressed, commands the mind
To suffer with the body.


There is a certain solipsism to serious illness which claims all of one's attention as certainly as an astronomical black hole seizes anything unlucky enough to fall within its critical radius.

DAN SIMMONS, The Fall of Hyperion

Avoid a remedy that is worse than the disease.

AESOP, "The Hawk, the Kite, and the Pigeons", Aesop's Fables

Disease is the retribution of outraged Nature.

HOSEA BALLOU, Edge-Tools of Speech

A long disease seems to be a halting place between life and death, that death itself may be a comfort to those who die and to those who are left behind.

JEAN DE LA BRUYÈRE, "Of Mankind", Les Caractères

How sickness enlarges the dimensions of a man's self to himself.

CHARLES LAMB, "The Convalescent", Last Essays of Elia

Do not believe yourself healthy. Immortality is health; this life is a long sickness.



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