Sickness Proverbs

Sayings about Sickness & Illness

Sickness accompanies a waning moon; a new moon cures disease. ~ Ugandan Proverbs

He that eats till he is sick must fast till he is well. ~ Hebrew Proverb

When a poor man eats a chicken, one or the other is sick. ~ Yiddish Proverbs

Time cures the sick man, not the ointment. ~ Traditional Proverb

People live with their own idiosyncrasies and die of their own illnesses. ~ Vietnamese Proverbs

Sickness comes in like a horse and leaves like a snail. ~ French Proverbs

The sickness of the body is the cure of the mind. ~ Basque Proverbs

Fear and restlessness kill more than do illnesses. ~ French Proverb

There is no cure for him who hides an illness. ~ Ethiopian Proverbs

When the head is sick the whole body is sick. ~ Dutch Proverbs

He who is sick will not refuse medicine. ~ Nigerian Proverbs

If the hyena eats the sick man, he will eat the whole one. ~ Swahili Proverbs

Sickness shows us what we are. ~ Latin Proverbs

There is an herb for every kind of sickness but not for death. ~ Lithuanian Proverbs

There is no cure for an unknown illness. ~ Myanmar Proverb

Sick people have no friends. ~ Creole Proverb (Southern U.S.)

If two doctors visit a sick man, the sexton rings the bells. ~ Spanish Proverbs

If you want to give a sick man medicine, let him first be really ill — so that he can see how well the medicine works. ~ Nigerian Proverb

You inherit from the dead, not from the sick. ~ Congolese Proverb

Better a sick body than an ignorant mind. ~ Greek Proverbs

Tobacco hic, Will make a man well if he be sick. ~ Traditional Proverb

Time, not medicine, cures the sick. ~ Portuguese Proverbs

Keep your sickness until Friday and don’t fast. ~ Portuguese Proverb

Sometimes the body becomes healthy by being very sick. ~ Iranian Proverbs

Youth is a kind of illness cured only by the passing years. ~ Arabian Proverbs

He wanted to cure a healthy pig and ended up with a sick one. ~ Vietnamese Proverbs

To a physician a sick man is a garden. ~ Swahili Proverb

Sickness soaks the purse. ~ Traditional Proverb

Sickness comes on horseback, but goes away on foot. ~ Traditional Proverb

One who recovers from sickness, forgets about God. ~ Ethiopian Proverb

Too much prudishness makes the lover sick. ~ Turkish Proverbs

If you are too smart to pay the doctor, you had better be too smart to get ill. ~ African Proverb

No man is a good physician who has never been sick. ~ Traditional Proverb

The superior doctor prevents sickness; the mediocre doctor attends to impending sickness; the inferior doctor treats actual sickness. ~ Traditional Proverb

When a liar speaks the truth, he is sick. ~ Romanian Proverbs

Every sickness begins in the stomach. ~ Yemeni Proverbs

Sick people are like kings. ~ Malagasy Proverb

Sickly women live longer. ~ Spanish Proverb

Man is the instrument of illness. ~ Japanese Proverbs

A sick person is a prisoner. ~ Yemeni Proverb

Sickness is felt, but health not at all. ~ Traditional Proverb

If love is a sickness, patience is the remedy. ~ Cameroonian Proverb

It’s better to drink and feel sick than not to drink and feel bad. ~ Montenegro Proverb

A healthy ear can stand hearing sick words. ~ Senegalese Proverb

If you are sick, think about your life; if you are better, think about your gold. ~ Mongolian Proverbs

One can get sick of cake, but never of bread. ~ Russian Proverb

If envy were a fever, all the world would be ill. ~ Danish Proverbs

Sickness comes with a waning moon; a new moon cures disease. ~ Basotho Proverb

You won’t get sick if you have plenty of work. ~ Japanese Proverb

Just as a medicine may not cure a serious illness, wine will certainly not dispel your grief. ~ Chinese Proverbs

When you are sick you promise a goat, but when you are well again make do with a chicken. ~ Nigerian Proverb

If you sit at a crossroads, you will get sick. ~ Palestinian Proverb

Happy is the man without sickness. Rich is the man with no debts. ~ Chinese Proverb

A man cannot be a good physician if he has never been sick himself. ~ Arabian Proverb

It’s better that it should make you sick than that you don’t eat it at all. ~ Catalan Proverb
Saying about Sikness

Quotations about Sickness & Illness

Let your entrance into the sick room decrease, not increase, the irritability of your patient. ~ Martin H. Fischer

Stress is nothing more than a socially acceptable form of mental illness. ~ Richard Carlson

I reckon being ill as one of the great pleasures of life, provided one is not too ill and is not obliged to work till one is better. ~ Samuel Butler

In sickness the soul begins to dress herself for immortality. And first she unties the strings of vanity that made her upper garments cleave to the world and sit uneasy. ~ Jeremy Taylor

For each illness that doctors cure with medicine, they provoke ten in healthy people by inoculating them with the virus that is a thousand times more powerful than any microbe: the idea that one is ill. ~ Marcel Proust

Many ordinary illnesses are nothing but the expression of a serious dissatisfaction with life. ~ Dr. Paul Tournier

You can die of the cure before you die of the illness. ~ Michael Landon

A wise man should consider that health is the greatest of human blessings, and learn how by his own thought to derive benefit from his illnesses. ~ Hippocrates

If you constantly think of illness, you eventually become ill; if you believe yourself to be beautiful, you become so. ~ Shakti Gawain

Most of the time we think we’re sick, it’s all in the mind. ~ Thomas Wolfe

An illness is like a journey into a far country; it sifts all one’s experience and removes it to a point so remote that it appears like a vision. ~ Sholem Asch

Ill-health, of body or of mind, is defeat. Health alone is victory. Let all men, if they can manage it, contrive to be healthy! ~ Thomas Carlyle

Do not believe yourself healthy. Immortality is health; this life is a long sickness. ~ St. Augustine

Those who think they have not time for bodily exercise will sooner or later have to find time for illness. ~ Edward Stanley

Neurotics complain of their illness, but they make the most of it, and when it comes to talking it away from them they will defend it like a lioness her young. ~ Sigmund Freud

Just like those who are incurably ill, the aged know everything about their dying except exactly when. ~ Philip Roth

The secret of learning to be sick is this: Illness doesn’t make you less of what you were. You are still you. ~ Tony Snow

Few spirits are made better by the pain and languor of sickness; as few great pilgrims become eminent saints. ~ Thomas a Kempis

When you are called to a sick man, be sure you know what the matter is — if you do not know, nature can do a great deal better than you can guess. ~ Nicholas de Belleville

To safeguard one’s health at the cost of too strict a diet is a tiresome illness indeed. ~ Francois De La Rochefoucauld

People who cannot find time for recreation are obliged sooner or later to find time for illness. ~ John Wanamaker

Illness is the most heeded of doctors: to goodness and wisdom we only make promises; pain we obey. ~ Marcel Proust

Humor may be hazardous to your illness. ~ Ellie Katz

Sickness is a belief, to be annihilated by the divine Mind. ~ Mrs. Mary Baker Glover Eddy

Refuse to be ill. Never tell people you are ill; never own it to yourself. Illness is one of those things which a man should resist on principle at the onset. ~ Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton

If you be sick, your own thoughts make you sick. ~ Ben Jonson

If you start to think about your physical or moral condition, you usually find that you are sick. ~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

To hate and to fear is the be psychologically ill… it is, in fact, the consuming illness of our time. ~ Harry A. Overstreet

Most illnesses do not, as is generally thought, come like a bolt out of the blue. The ground is prepared for years through faulty diet, intemperance, overwork, and moral conflicts, slowly eroding the subject’s vitality. ~ Dr. Paul Tournier

In sickness let me not so much say, am I getting better of my pain? as am I getting better for it? ~ William Shakespeare

To live by medicine is to live horribly. ~ Carolus Linnaeus

There are two kinds of people; those who are always well and those who are always sick. Most of the evils of the world come from the first sort and most of the achievement from the second. ~ Louis Dudek

To be too conscious is an illness. A real thorough going illness.~ Fyodor Dostoevsky

It is dainty to be sick, if you have leisure and convenience for it. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Illness is the doctor to whom we pay most heed; to kindness, to knowledge we make promise only; pain we obey. ~ Marcel Proust

I enjoy convalescence. It is the part that makes the illness worthwhile. ~ George Bernard Shaw

The sovereign cure for worry is prayer. ~ William James

To be sick is to enjoy monarchical prerogatives. ~ Charles Lamb

The most important thing when ill, is to never lose heart. ~ Vladimir Ilyich Lenin

The sick soon come to understand that they live in a different world from that of the well and that the two cannot communicate. ~ Jessamyn West

Fear and restlessness kill more than do illnesses. ~ French Proverb

Art is a kind of illness. ~ Giacomo Puccini

It’s no longer a question of staying healthy. It’s a question of finding a sickness you like. ~ Jackie Mason

A sure cure for seasickness is to sit under a tree. ~ Spike Milligan

A Man’s illness is his private territory and, no matter how much he love you and how close you are, you stay an outsider. You are healthy. ~ Lauren Bacall

The modern sympathy with invalids is morbid. Illness of any kind is hardly a thing to be encouraged in others. ~ Oscar Wilde

When a man is ill nothing is so important to him as his own illness. ~ Anthony Trollope

To have a curable illness and to leave it untreated except for prayer is like sticking your hand in a fire and asking God to remove the flame. ~ Sandra L. Douglas

Illness strikes men when they are exposed to change. ~ Herodotus

Sickness is a sort of early old age; it teaches us a diffidence in our earthly state. ~ Alexander Pope

Serious illness doesn’t bother me for long because I am too inhospitable a host. ~ Albert Schweitzer

If you look like your passport picture you’re too ill to travel. ~ Will Kommen

Because there is no glory in illness. There is no meaning to it. There is no honor in dying of. ~ John Green

The more serious the illness, the more important it is for you to fight back, mobilizing all your resources-spiritual, emotional, intellectual, physical. ~ Norman Cousins

Suggested readings: Body Matters: A Phenomenology of Sickness, Disease, and Illness. ~ External link

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