- I know the colour rose, and it is lovely,
But not when it ripens in a tumour;
And healing greens, leaves and grass, so springlike,
In limbs that fester are not springlike.
1923–2014 Welsh-born doctor and poet: ‘Pathology of Colours’ (1968)
- A man's illness is his private territory and, no matter how much he loves you and how close you are, you stay an outsider. You are healthy.
Lauren Bacall by Myself (1978) 1924–2014 American actress:
- ‘Ye can call it influenza if ye like,’ said Mrs Machin. ‘There was no influenza in my young days. We called a cold a cold.’
The Card (1911) ch. 8 1867–1931 English novelist:
- All diseases run into one, old age. 1803–82 American philosopher and poet: Journals, 1840
- It's all about losing your brain without losing your mind.
on his fight against Parkinson's disease
Times 16 September 2000 1961– Canadian actor: in
- When two pains occur together, but not in the same place, the more violent obscures the other.
c.460–357 bc Greek physician: Aphorisms sect 2, no 46
- It is a most extraordinary thing, but I never read a patent medicine advertisement without being impelled to the conclusion that I am suffering from the particular disease therein dealt with in its most virulent form.
Three Men in a Boat (1889) ch. 1 1859–1927 English writer:
- Illness is the doctor to whom we pay most heed; to kindness, to knowledge, we make promise only; pain we obey.
Sodome et Gomorrhe (Cities of the Plain, 1922) vol. 1, pt. 2, ch. 1, tr. C. K. Scott-Moncrieff and S. Hudson, rev. T. Kilmartin 1871–1922 French novelist:
- You matter because you are you, and you matter to the last moment of your life. We will do all that we can not only to help you die peacefully, but also to live until you die. 1916–2005 English nurse and physician: quoted in Robert Twycross ‘A Tribute to Dame Cicely Saunders’, Memorial Service, 8 March 2006
- I enjoy convalescence. It is the part that makes illness worth while.
Back to Methuselah (1921) pt. 2 1856–1950 Irish dramatist:
- Illness is the night-side of life, a more onerous citizenship. Everyone who is born holds dual citizenship, in the kingdom of the well and in the kingdom of the sick.
New York Review of Books 26 January 1978 1933–2004 American writer: in
- The biggest disease today is not leprosy or tuberculosis, but rather the feeling of being unwanted, uncared for and deserted by everybody.
The Observer 3 October 1971 1910–97 Roman Catholic nun and missionary, born in what is now Macedonia of Albanian parentage: in