Illness Quotes

There is, let us confess it (and illness is the great confessional), a childish outspokenness in illness; things are said, truths blurted out, which the cautious respectability of health conceals. About sympathy for example – we can do without it. That illusion of a world so shaped that it echoes every groan, of human beings […]

Every invalid is a prisoner.

God and the doctor, We both adore In time of trouble, Not before. Illness cured, Reverses righted, God is forgotten, The doctor slighted.

I enjoy convalescence. It’s the part that makes the illness worthwhile.

The common cold, if left untreated, lasts about two weeks. If treated with medication and rest, it lasts about fourteen days.

The surly bird gets the germ.

Fire, the sea, and woman; these are three ills.

The incurable ills are the imaginary ills.

I think of my illness (ovarian cancer) as a school, and finally I’ve graduated.

If you were to rush in to this room right now and announce that you had struck a deal-with God, Allah, Buddha, Christ, Krishna, Bill Gates, whomever-in which the ten years since my diagnosis could be magically taken away, traded in for ten more years as the person I was before, I would, without a […]