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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.

Author: James Tyler Kent (1849-1916)

Profession: American Homeopathic Teacher, Physician

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

Author: Mother Teresa (1910-1997)

Profession: Albanian-born Roman Catholic Missionary

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.

Author: Philipus A. Paracelsus

Profession: German Physician and Chemist

Diseases are the tax on pleasures.

Author: John Ray (1627-1705)

Profession: British Naturalist

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

Author: George Santayana (1863-1952)

Profession: American Philosopher, Poet

Disease is not of the body but of the place.

Author: Seneca (4 B.C. 65 A.D.)

Profession: Spanish-born Roman Statesman, philosopher

Any important disease whose causality is murky, and for which treatment is ineffectual, tends to be awash in significance.

Author: Susan Sontag (1933)

Profession: American Essayist

With the modern diseases (once TB, now cancer) the romantic idea that the disease expresses the character is invariably extended to assert that the character causes the disease -- because it has not expressed itself. Passion moves inward, striking and blighting the deepest cellular recesses.

Author: Susan Sontag (1933)

Profession: American Essayist

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

Author: Jonathan Swift (1667-1745)

Profession: 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.

Author: Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862)

Profession: American Essayist, Poet, Naturalist