Remedy (Latin remedium, "a remedy" or "cure"; from re- "again" + mederi "to heal") refers to something which corrects or counteracts an influence or problem. Often used synonymously with cure which brings an end to a disease or other medical condition, as a substance or procedure which ends it, such as a medication, surgical operation, change in lifestyle, or even a philosophical mindset which helps end sufferings.
- No disorders have employed so many quacks, as those that have no cure; and no sciences have exercised so many quills, as those that have no certainty.
- Charles Caleb Colton, in Lacon: Many Things in Few Words (1820-22, 1866), 314
- The cause of human sectarianism is not lack of sympathy in thought, but in speech; and this it is our not unambitious design to remedy.
- A desperate disease requires a dangerous remedy.
- À grands maux, grands remèdes. / Aux grands maux, les grands remèdes.
- English equivalent: Desperate times call for desperate measures/Desperate diseases must have desperate cures.
- "The sick in soul insist that it is humanity that is sick, and they are the surgeons to operate on it. They want to turn the world into a sickroom. And once they get humanity strapped to the operating table, they operate on it with an ax."
- Eric Hoffer, The Passionate State Of Mind, and Other Aphorisms (1955), Section 124.
- Martin H. Manser (2007). The Facts on File Dictionary of Proverbs. Infobase Publishing. p. 53. ISBN 978-0-8160-6673-5. Retrieved on 10 August 2013.
- Emanuel Strauss (11 January 2013). "812". Concise Dictionary of European Proverbs. Routledge. p. 552. ISBN 978-1-136-78978-6. Retrieved on 10 August 2013.
- For extreme diseases, extreme methods of cure, as to restriction, are most suitable.
- Hippocrates, in Aphorisms as translated by Francis Adams (1849) 1:6
- Variant translations:
- Extreme remedies are very appropriate for extreme diseases.
- To do nothing is sometimes a good remedy.
- The greatest remedy in the world is change; and change implies the passing from the old to the new. It is also the only path that leads from the lesser to the greater, from the dream to the reality, from the wish to the heart’s desire fulfilled. It is change that brings us everything we want. It is the opposite of change that holds us back from that which we want. But change is not always external. Real change, or rather the cause of all change, is always internal. It is the change in the within that first produces the change in the without. To go from place to place is not a change unless it produces a change of mind—a renewal of mind. It is the change of mind that is the change desired. It is the renewal of mind that produces better health, more happiness, greater power, the increase of life, and the consequent increase of all that is good in life. And the constant renewal of mind—the daily change of mind—is possible regardless of times, circumstances or places. He who can change his mind every day and think the new about everything every day, will always be well; he will always have happiness; he will always be free; his life will always be interesting; he will constantly move forward into the larger, the richer and the better; and whatever is needed for his welfare today, of that he shall surely have abundance.
- To be "cured" against one's will and cured of states which we may not regard as disease is to be put on a level of those who have not yet reached the age of reason or those who never will; to be classed with infants, imbeciles, and domestic animals.
- C. S. Lewis, in "God in the Dock" (1948).
- For a desperate disease a desperate cure.
- The water of Zamzam is a cure for whatever (ailment) it is taken for.
- Muhammad Biharul Anwar, Volume 96, Page 245
- Will you touch, will you mend me Christ?
Won't you touch, will you heal me Christ?
Will you kiss, can you cure me Christ?
Won't you kiss, won't you pay me Christ?
- See my eyes, I can hardly see
See me stand, I can hardly walk
I believe you can make me whole
See my tongue, I can hardly talk.
- See my skin, I'm a mass of blood
See my legs, I can hardly stand
I believe you can make me well
See my purse, I'm a poor, poor man.
- Jesus Christ Superstar, lyrics by Tim Rice (1970)
- Diseases desperate grown
By desperate appliance are relieved,
Or not at all.
- 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.
- Depression in its major stages possesses no quickly available remedy: failure of alleviation is one of the most distressing factors of the disorder as it reveals itself to the victim, and one that helps situate it squarely in the category of grave diseases.
- William Styron in: Donald Capps Fragile Connections: Memoirsof Mental Illness for Pa R5021, Chalice Press, p. 63
- Injuriarum remedium est oblivio.
- There is no remedy for love, but to love some more.
- Henry David Thoreau in: Mark Jay Mirsky The Drama in Shakespeare's Sonnets: 'A Satire to Decay', Fairleigh Dickinson, Jul 16, 2011, p. 263
- Take a new drug while it still works.
- Prenez, madame, et dépêchez-vous pendant qu’elle guérit. (Take it, madame, and hurry up while it [still] cures.) (c 1785, published 1813)
- Dépéchez-vous d'en faire usage pendant qu'il guérit (Hurry up to take it while it [still] cures.) (published 1827)
- New medicines and new methods of cure always work miracles for a while. (1802)
- You should treat as many patients as possible with the new drugs while they have the power to heal. (1833)
- Armand Trousseau, Dictionnaire de Médecine, Paris, 1833 (page unspecified), quoted in H. Bernheim, Suggestive therapeutics, 1889 (page unspecified), quoted in "Competitive Problems in the Drug Industry", U.S. Senate hearings, 1968,p. 3008
- Sometimes attributed to William Osler, but without source citation.