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





Nothing defines the quality of life in a community more clearly than people who regard themselves, or whom the consensus chooses to regard, as mentally unwell.


Renata Adler (American author of essays, short stories, journalism, book reviews, and film critic)


I reckon being ill as one of the great pleasures of life, provided one is not too ill and is not obliged to work till one is better.


Samuel Butler (1612-1680, British poet, satirist)


To be too conscious is an illness. A real thorough going illness.


Fyodor Dostoevsky (1821-1881, Russian novelist)


There are two kinds of people; those who are always well and those who are always sick. Most of the evils of the world come from the first sort and most of the achievement from the second.


Louis Dudek


If you be sick, your own thoughts make you sick


Ben Jonson (1573-1637, British dramatist, poet)


Schizophrenia cannot be understood without understanding despair.


R. D. Laing (1927-1989, British psychiatrist)


There is no such "condition" as "schizophrenia," but the label is a social fact and the social fact a political event.


R. D. Laing (1927-1989, British psychiatrist)


To be sick is to enjoy monarchical prerogatives.


Charles Lamb (1775-1834, British essayist, critic)


The most important thing when ill, is to never lose heart.


Vladimir Ilyich Lenin (1870-1924, Russian revolutionary leader)


Schizophrenia may be a necessary consequence of literacy.


Marshall McLuhan (1911-1980, Canadian communications theorist)


For every ailment under the sun, There is a remedy, or there is none, If there be one, try to find it; If there be none, never mind it.


Mother Goose


Illness is the doctor to whom we pay most heed; to kindness, to knowledge we make promise only; pain we obey.


Marcel Proust (1871-1922, French novelist)


No further evidence is needed to show that "mental illness" is not the name of a biological condition whose nature awaits to be elucidated, but is the name of a concept whose purpose is to obscure the obvious.


Thomas Szasz (1920-, American psychiatrist)


Many ordinary illnesses are nothing but the expression of a serious dissatisfaction with life.


Dr. Paul Tournier


Most illnesses do not, as is generally thought, come like a bolt out of the blue. The ground is prepared for years through faulty diet, intemperance, overwork, and moral conflicts, slowly eroding the subject's vitality.


Dr. Paul Tournier


When an elderly woman was asked why she was standing in line to buy stamps from a teller when she could have used a stamp machine she replied: The machine won't ask me about my arthritis!


Author Unknown


Oh, the blues ain't nothing but a good woman feeling bad.


Georgia White


The modern sympathy with invalids is morbid. Illness of any kind is hardly a thing to be encouraged in others.


Oscar Wilde (1856-1900, British author, wit)


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