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SICKNESS
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[ Also see Adversity Affliction Cure Disease Health Medicine Mind Pain Physicians Suffering Weakness Wounds ]

It is in sickness that we most feel the need of that sympathy which shows how much we are dependent one upon another for our comfort, and even necessities. Thus disease, opening our eyes to the realities of life, is an indirect blessing.
      - Hosea Ballou

Why should ye be stricken any more? ye will revolt more and more: the whole head is sick, and the whole heart faint.
      - Bible, Isaiah (ch. I, v. 5)

Sickness is the mother of modesty, as it puts us in mind of our mortality, and while we drive on heedlessly in the full career of worldly pomp and jollity, kindly pulls us by the ear, and brings us to a sense of our duty.
      - Robert Burton

The best of remedies is a beefsteak
  Against sea-sickness; try it, sir, before
    You sneer, and I assure you this is true,
      For I have found it answer--so may you.
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron),
        Don Juan (canto II, st. 13)

I've just learned about his illness. Let's hope it's nothing trivial.
      - Irvin Shrewsbury Cobb

But when ill indeed,
  E'en dismissing the doctor don't always succeed.
      - George Colman ("The Younger"),
        Broad Grins--Lodgings for Single Gentlemen
         (st. 7)

It is with diseases of the mind as with those of the body; we are half dead before we understand our disorders, and half cured when we do.
      - Charles Caleb Colton

The delicate face where thoughtful care already mingled with the winning grace and loveliness of youth, the too bright eye, the spiritual head, the lips that pressed each other with such high resolve and courage of the heart, the slight figure, firm in its bearing and yet so very weak.
      - Charles Dickens

Sickness is a belief, to be annihilated by the divine Mind.
      - Mrs. Mary Baker Glover Eddy,
        Science and Health (ch. XIV)

It is dainty to be sick, if you have leisure and convenience for it.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Prevention is better than cure.
      - Desiderius Gerhard Erasmus

I've that within for which there are no plasters.
      - David Garrick,
        in prologue to Goldsmith's "She Stoops to Conquer"

Some maladies are rich and precious and only to be acquired by the right of inheritance or purchased with gold.
      - Nathaniel Hawthorne,
        Mosses from an Old Manse--The Old Manse--The Procession of Life

Of all the know-nothing persons in this world, commend us to the man who has "never known a day's illness." He is a moral dunce, one who has lost the greatest lesson in life; who has skipped the finest lecture in that great school of humanity, the sick-chamber.
      - Thomas Hood

Disease generally begins that equality which death completes; the distinctions which set one man so much above another are very little perceived in the gloom of a sick-chamber, where it will be vain to expect entertainment from the gay, or instruction from the wise; where all human glory is obliterated, the wit is clouded, the reasoner perplexed, and the hero subdued; where the highest and brightest of mortal beings finds nothing left him but the consciousness of innocence.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

Few spirits are made better by the pain and languor of sickness; as few great pilgrims become eminent saints.
      - Thomas a Kempis

If there be a regal solitude, it is a sick-bed. How the patient lords it there!
      - Charles Lamb (used pseudonym Elia)

A malady
  Preys on my heart that med'cine cannot reach.
      - Charles Robert Maturin, Bertram
         (act IV, sc. 2)

Sickness is a sort of early old age; it teaches us a diffidence in our earthly state.
      - Alexander Pope

In sickness let me not so much say, am I getting better of my pain? as am I getting better for it?
      - William Shakespeare

What, is Brutus sick,
  And will he steal out of his wholesome bed,
    To dare the vile contagion of the night?
      - William Shakespeare

He had a fever when he was in Spain,
  And when the fit was on him, I did mark
    How he did shake. 'Tis true, this god did shake.
      His coward lips did from their color fly,
        And that same eye whose bend doth awe the world
          Did lose his luster.
      - William Shakespeare, Julius Caesar
         (Cassius at I, ii)

Is Brutus sick, and is it physical
  To walk unbraced and suck up the humors
    Of the dank morning? What, is Brutus sick,
      And will he steal out of his wholesome bed
        To dare the vile contagion of the night,
          And tempt the rheumy and unpurged air,
            To add unto his sickness?
      - William Shakespeare, Julius Caesar
         (Portia at II, i)

Sick now? droop now? This sickness doth infect
  The very lifeblood of our enterprise.
      - William Shakespeare,
        King Henry the Fourth, Part I
         (Hotspur at IV, i)

My long sickness
  Of health and living now begins to mend,
    And nothing brings me all things.
      - William Shakespeare,
        The Life of Timon of Athens
         (Timon at V, i)


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