An aphorism is nothing else but the slightest
form of writing raised to the highest level of expressive communication. Carl William Brown





Everyone detected with AIDS should be tattooed in the upper forearm, to protect common needle users, and on the buttock, to prevent the victimization of other homosexuals.


William F. Buckley (1925-, American writer)


Which came first the intestine or the tapeworm?


William S. Burroughs (1914-1997, American writer)


The worst of all diseases is a nervous ability.


Edward Dyson


Even diseases have lost their prestige, there aren't so many of them left. Think it over... no more syphilis, no more clap, no more typhoid... antibiotics have taken half the tragedy out of medicine.


Louis-Ferdinand Celine (1894-1961, French author)


A decadent civilization compromises with its disease, cherishes the virus infecting it, loses its self-respect.


E. M. Cioran (1911-1995, Rumanian-born French philosopher)


It is with disease of the mind, as with those of the body; we are half dead before we understand our disorder, and half cured when we do.


Charles Caleb Colton (1780-1832, British sportsman writer)


Disease is an experience of a so-called mortal mind. It is fear made manifest on the body.


Mary Baker Eddy (1821-1910, American founder of the Christian Science Church)


He who cures a disease may be the skillfullest, but He who prevents it is the safest physician.


Thomas Fuller (1608-1661, British clergyman, author)


Disease is a vital expression of the human organism.


Georg Groddeck


One might say, for example, that a patient has a kind of St Vitus's dance; a kind of dropsy; a kind of nerve fever; a kind of ague. One would never say, however (to end once and for all the confusion of these names) "He has St. Vitus's dance," "He has nerve fever," "He has dropsy," "He has ague," since there simply are not any fixed, unchanging diseases to be known by such names.


Samuel Hahnemann (1755-1843, German physician, founder of Homeopathy)


Natural forces within us are the true healers of disease


Hippocrates (Ancient Greek physician)


Disease generally begins that equality which death completes.


Samuel Johnson (1709-1784, British author)


Misdirected life force is the activity in disease process. Disease has no energy save what it borrows from the life of the organism. It is by adjusting the life force that healing must be brought about, and it is the sun as transformer and distributor of primal spiritual energy that must be utilized in this process, for life and the sun are so intimately connected.


Kabbalah (BC 1200-1270 AD, Jewish esoteric doctrine)


He who considers disease results to be the disease itself, and expects to do away with these as diseases, is insane. It is an insanity in medicine, an insanity that has grown out of the milder forms of mental disorder in science, crazy whims.


James Tyler Kent (1849-1916, American homeopathic teacher, physician)


There are relapses in the diseases of the mind just like those of the body; what we call a cure is often merely an intermission or change of disease.


Francois De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680, French classical writer)


The biggest disease today is not leprosy or tuberculosis, but rather the feeling of being unwanted.


Mother Teresa (1910-1997, Albanian-born Roman Catholic missionary)


Disease can never be conquered, can never be quelled by emotion's willful screaming or faith's symbolic prayer. It can only be conquered by the energy of humanity and the cunning in the mind of man. In the patience of a Curie, in the enlightenment of a Faraday, a Rutherford, a Pasteur, a Nightingale, and all other apostles of light and cleanliness, rather than of a woebegone godliness, we shall find final deliverance from plague, pestilence, and famine.


Sean O'Casey (1884-1964, Irish dramatist)


Once a disease has entered the body, all parts which are healthy must fight it: not one alone, but all. Because a disease might mean their common death. Nature knows this; and Nature attacks the disease with whatever help she can muster.


Philippus A. Paracelsus (1493-1541, German physician and chemist)


Diseases are the tax on pleasures.


John Ray (1627-1705, British naturalist)


The diseases which destroy a man are no less natural than the instincts which preserve him.


George Santayana (1863-1952, American philosopher, poet)


Disease is not of the body but of the place.


Marcus Annaeus Seneca (BC 3-65 AD, Roman philosopher, dramatist, statesman)


Canst thou not minister to a mind diseased; pluck from the memory a rooted sorrow; raze out the written troubles of the brain; and with some sweet oblivious antidote cleanse the fraught bosom of that perilous stuff which weighs upon the heart?


William Shakespeare (1564-1616, British poet, playwright, actor)


Cancer patients are lied to, not just because the disease is (or is thought to be) a death sentence.  It is felt to be obscene -- in the original meaning of that word: ill-omened, abominable, repugnant to the senses.


Susan Sontag (1933-, American essayist)


We are so fond on one another because our ailments are the same.


Jonathan Swift (1667-1745, Anglo-Irish satirist)


Is not disease the rule of existence? There is not a lily pad floating on the river but has been riddled by insects. Almost every shrub and tree has its gall, oftentimes esteemed its chief ornament and hardly to be distinguished from the fruit. If misery loves company, misery has company enough. Now, at midsummer, find me a perfect leaf or fruit.


Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862, American essayist, poet, naturalist)


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