Quotations About / On: SICK

  • 1.
    To the sick, indeed, nature is sick, but to the well, a fountain of health.
    (Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), U.S. philosopher, author, naturalist. "Natural History of Massachusetts (1842), in The Writings of Henry David Thoreau, vol. 5, p. 104, Houghton Mifflin (1906).)
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  • 2.
    When sages commend excess, Desire is sick.
    (Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Third Selection, New York (1986).)
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  • 3.
    The physician's highest calling, his only calling, is to make sick people healthy—to heal, as it is termed.
    (Samuel Hahnemann (1755-1843), German physician, founder of homeopathy. Organon of Medicine, opening paragraph, 6th ed. (1842, trans. 1983).)
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  • 4.
    A woman's pity, which is talkative, carries the sick person's bed to the public marketplace.
    (Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900), German philosopher, classical scholar, critic of culture. Friedrich Nietzsche, Sämtliche Werke: Kritische Studienausgabe, vol. 2, p. 497, eds. Giorgio Colli and Mazzino Montinari, Berlin, de Gruyter (1980). Mixed Opinions and Maxims, aphorism 282, "Sympathetic Women," (1879).)
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  • 5.
    I'm so sick of Nancy Drew I could vomit.
    (Mildred Augustus Wirt Benson (b. c. 1906), U.S. author. As quoted in the New York Times, sect. 4, p. 7 (May 9, 1993). On the heroine of the extremely popular mystery series for teenage girls that she initiated in 1930, using the pseudonym "Carolyn Keene," with publication of The Secret of the Old Clock.)
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  • 6.
    Words like yid and kike and kikey and nigger and coon make me kind of sick, no matter who says them.
    (Moss Hart (1904-1961), U.S. dramatist. Phil Green (Gregory Peck), Gentleman's Agreement, to Miss Wales (June Havoc) (1947).)
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  • 7.
    Postmodernism is among other things a sick joke at the expense of ... revolutionary avant-gardism.
    (Terry Eagleton (b. 1943), British critic. repr. In Against The Grain (1986). "Capitalism, Modernism and Postmodernism," ch. 9 (1985).)
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  • 8.
    She remembered home as a place where there were always too many children, a cross man and work piling up around a sick woman.
    (Willa Cather (1873-1947), U.S. novelist. Jim Burden, in My Antonia, book III, ch. IV (1918; rev. 1926). The narrator sums up Lina Lingard's critique of home and family.)
  • 9.
    It's a tragic irony. The sick stayed well and the healthy became blind.
    (Philip Yordan (b. 1913), U.S. screenwriter, and Steve Sekely. Christine Durrant (Nicole Maurey), Day of the Triffids, discussing the triffids' attack on England, which left their victims blind (1963).)
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  • 10.
    It's even pleasant to be sick when you know that there are people who await your recovery as they might await a holiday.
    (Anton Pavlovich Chekhov (1860-1904), Russian author, playwright. Narrator in The Story of an Unknown Man, Works, vol. 8, p. 198, "Nauka" (1976).)
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