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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.


  • Racism is not something that is designated as an illness that can be treated by mental health professionals.
  • 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.
  • For we are not all equally afflicted with the same disease or all in need of the same severe cure. This is the reason why we see different persons disciplined with different crosses. The heavenly Physician takes care of the well-being of all his patients; he gives some a milder medicine and purifies others by more shocking treatments, but he omits no one; for the whole world, without exception, is ill (Deut 32:15).
    • John Calvin, Golden Booklet of the True Christian Life (published 1551), page 55.
  • Plato was aware that divination is something inferior that pertains to the non-rational soul. The main point is that they [clairvoyants] name their illnesses, especially chronic nervous disorders that are not yet fully developed. Also, rheumatism, toothaches, yield to magnetism. Remarkably, it seems to have an effect on the maladies of menstruation. The somnambulists especially know how to specify these disorders and it is easy to admit that they discover deficiencies. They describe these conditions, but in an entirely ordinary manner, not in the manner of one who understands anatomy. Then they indicate the remedy for their disease.
  • He was despised and was avoided by men,
A man who was meant for pains and was familiar with sickness.
It was as if his face were hidden from us.
He was despised, and we held him as of no account.
Truly he himself carried our sicknesses,
And he bore our pains.
But we considered him as plagued, stricken by God and afflicted.
But he was pierced for our transgression; He was crushed for our errors.
He bore the :punishment for our peace,
And because of his wounds we were healed.
  • Tenemos que ser muy conscientes de que debajo de cada enfermedad hay una prohibición. Una prohibición que viene de una superstición.
    • We have to be very conscious of the fact that beneath every illness there is a prohibition. A prohibition that comes from a superstition.
    • Alejandro Jodorowsky Psychomagic: The Transformative Power of Shamanic Psychotherapy (2010)
  • I am not sick. I am broken. But I am happy to be alive as long as I can paint.
    • Frida Kahlo quoted in Time Magazine, "Mexican Autobiography" (27 April 1953)
  • I remember the first time I was sick. I had gone to play with a boy, Luis Léon, and on the patio he threw a wooden log at my foot, and this was the pretext they used at home when my leg began to grow thin. I remember they said that it was a white tumor or paralysis. I missed a lot of school [Frida spent nine months in bed, and and at seven she wore (polio) booties]. I do not remember a lot, but I continued jumping, only not with the right leg anymore. I developed a horrible complex, and I hide my leg. I wore thick wool socks onto the knee, with bandages underneath. This happened when I was seven years old, and my papa and my mama begun to spoil me a lot and to love me more. The foot leaned to the side, and I limped a little. This was during the period when I had my imaginary friend. (9 September 1950)
  • A malady
    Preys on my heart that med'cine cannot reach.
  • Take you up when you feeling down
    When you're sick he will come around
    Takes his cures from out the ground
    He's the one who can hypnotize
    And you'll never believe your eyes
    He can cause the dead to rise.
    • 10cc Baron Samedi from the album Sheet Music, written by Erik Stewart and Graham Gouldman.
  • 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.
  • So long as men denounce each other as mentally sick (homosexual, addicted, insane, and so forth)—so that the madman can always be considered the Other, never the Self—mental illness will remain an easily exploitable concept, and Coercive Psychiatry a flourishing institution.
    • Thomas Szasz, The Manufacture of Madness: A Comparative Study of the Inquisition and the Mental Health Movement (1997), p. 170
  • 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

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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