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Illness or sickness is the physical consequence of having a disease or other medical condition, typified by things such as weakness, discomfort, coughing, sneezing, and nausea.


  • 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.
  • The best therapy for the imaginary invalid is very simple, but rarely applied. The subject should be taken to a place where people must bear atrocious sufferings and the loss of all human dignity.
    • Fausto Cercignani in: Brian Morris, Simply Transcribed. Quotations from Writings by Fausto Cercignani, 2014, quote 46.
  • A malady
    Preys on my heart that med'cine cannot reach.
  • 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 colour fly,
    And that same eye whose bend doth awe the world
    Did lose his lustre.
  • What, is Brutus sick,
    And will he steal out of his wholesome bed,
    To dare the vile contagion of the night?
  • My long sickness
    Of health and living now begins to mend,
    And nothing brings me all things.
  • I've known my lady (for she loves a tune)
    For fevers take an opera in June:
    And, though perhaps you'll think the practice bold,
    A midnight park is sov'reign for a cold.

Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations[edit]

Quotes reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 706-07.
  • But when ill indeed,
    E'en dismissing the doctor don't always succeed.
  • Sickness is a belief, to be annihilated by the divine Mind.
  • Prevention is better than cure.
    • Erasmus, Adagia. Same idea in Ovid—De Remedia Amoris. 91. Persius—Satires, III. 63. Livy—Works, III. 61 and V. 36.
  • I've that within for which there are no plasters.
  • Some maladies are rich and precious and only to be acquired by the right of inheritance or purchased with gold.
  • The whole head is sick, and the whole heart faint.
    • Isaiah. I. 5.
  • An' I thowt 'twur the will o' the Lord, but Miss Annie she said it wur draäins,
    For she bedn't naw coomfut in 'er, an' arn'd naw thanks fur 'er paäins.

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