C.N. Douglas, comp. Forty Thousand Quotations: Prose and Poetical. 1917.


Disease is the retribution of outraged Nature.

Hosea Ballou.

Disease is a hot-house plant.


Desperate diseases need desperate cures.


Just disease to luxury succeeds.


Sickness seizes the body from bad ventilation.


  • Against diseases here the strongest fence,
  • Is the defensive virtue, abstinence.
  • Herrick.

  • That dire disease, whose ruthless power
  • Withers the beauty’s transient flower.
  • Goldsmith.

  • This sickness doth infect
  • The very life-blood of our enterprise.
  • Shakespeare.

  • O, he’s a limb, that has but a disease;
  • Mortal, to cut it off; to cure it, easy.
  • Shakespeare.

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

    T. Fuller.

    Diseases of the mind impair the bodily powers.


    A wounded heart can with difficulty be cured.


    It is not the disease but neglect of the remedy which generally destroys life.

    From the Latin.

  • Diseases desperate grown
  • By desperate appliance are reliev’d,
  • Or not at all.
  • Shakespeare.

    Before the curing of a strong disease, even in the instant of repair and health, the fit is strongest.


    Decay and disease are often beautiful, like the pearly tear of the shellfish and the hectic glow of consumption.


    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.

    Nath. Hawthorne.

    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.


  • 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.
  • Churchill.

  • So when a raging fever burns,
  • We shift from side to side by turns;
  • And ’tis a poor relief we gain,
  • To change the place but keep the pain.
  • Watts.

  • As man, perhaps, the moment of his breath,
  • Receives the lurking principle of death;
  • The young disease, that must subdue at length,
  • Grows with his growth, and strengthens with his strength.
  • Pope.

    The canter which the trunk conceals is revealed by the leaves, the fruit, or the flower.