Disease is an abnormal condition affecting the body of an organism. It is often construed to be a medical condition associated with specific symptoms and signs. It may be caused by external factors, such as infectious disease, or it may be caused by internal dysfunctions, such as autoimmune diseases. In humans, "disease" is often used more broadly to refer to any condition that causes pain, dysfunction, distress, social problems, and/or death to the person afflicted, or similar problems for those in contact with the person. In this broader sense, it sometimes includes injuries, disabilities, disorders, syndromes, infections, isolated symptoms, deviant behaviors, and atypical variations of structure and function, while in other contexts and for other purposes these may be considered distinguishable categories. Diseases usually affect people not only physically, but also emotionally, as contracting and living with many diseases can alter one's perspective on life, and their personality.
- [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.
- Robert Burton, The Anatomy of Melancholy (1621), Part I, scene 2. Memb. 3. Subsect. 10.
- 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.
- Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Scarlet Letter (1850), Chapter X.
- There will be great earthquakes, and in one place after another food shortages and pestilences; and there will be fearful sights and from heaven great signs.
- 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.
- Alexander Pope, An Essay on Man (1733-34), Epistle II, line 133.
- But just disease to luxury succeeds,
And ev'ry death its own avenger breeds.
- Alexander Pope, An Essay on Man (1733-34), Epistle III, line 165.
- It may also strike you, my readers, as quite shocking when I tell you that there is no such thing, basically, as disease. There are instead only processes. What you think of disease is instead the result of an exaggeration or overextension of perfectly normal body processes. You are not attacked by viruses, for instance, for all kinds of viruses exist normally in the body. There are no KILLER viruses, then but viruses that go beyond their usual bounds.
- Jane Roberts, The Way Toward Health, p. 71.
- O, he's a limb, that has but a disease;
Mortal, to cut it off; to cure it, easy.
- Diseases desperate grown,
By desperate appliance are reliev'd,
Or not at all.
- This apoplexy is, as I take it, a kind of lethargy, an't please your lordship; a kind of sleeping in the blood, a whoreson tingling.
- Before the curing of a strong disease,
Even in the instant of repair and health,
The fit is strongest; evils that take leave,
On their departure most of all show evil.
- I'll forbear;
And am fallen out with my more headier will,
To take the indispos'd and sickly fit
For the sound man.
Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations
- Quotes reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 196.
- The remedy is worse than the disease.
- Apoplexie, and Lethargie,
As forlorn hope, assault the enemy.
- Guillaume de Salluste Du Bartas, Divine Weekes and Workes, Second Week. First Day, Part III. The Furies.
- Disease is an experience of mortal mind. It is fear made manifest on the body. Divine Science takes away this physical sense of discord, just as it removes a sense of moral or mental inharmony.
- Mary Baker Eddy, Science and Health, Chapter XIV. 20.
- That dire disease, whose ruthless power
Withers the beauty's transient flower.
- Oliver Goldsmith, Double Transformation, line 75.
- Against diseases here the strongest fence,
Is the defensive vertue, abstinence.
- Robert Herrick, Abstinence.
- Extreme remedies are very appropriate for extreme diseases.
- Hippocrates, Aphorisms, 6.
- D'ogni pianta palesa l'aspetto
Il difetto, che il tronco nasconde
Per le fronde, dal frutto, o dal fior.
- The canker which the trunk conceals is revealed by the leaves, the fruit, or the flower.
- Metastasio, Giuseppe Riconosciuto I.
- Aëre non certo corpora languor habet.
- Sickness seizes the body from bad ventilation.
- Ovid, Ars Amatoria, II, 310.
- Vitiant artus ægræ contagia mentis.
- Diseases of the mind impair the bodily powers.
- Ovid, Tristium, III, 8, 25.
- Utque in corporibus, sic in imperio, gravissimus est morbus qui a capite diffunditur.
- Graviora quædam sunt remedia periculis.
- Some remedies are worse than the disease.
- Syrus, Maxims, 301.