Tracking my efforts to beat Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME), aka CFIDS, aka CFS

Tracking my efforts to beat Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME), aka CFIDS, aka CFS

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Quotes applicable to life with ME/CFS

In April, I linked to a list of quotes about ME/CFS.  I stumbled upon that list while gathering quotes that weren't necessarily about ME/CFS per se, but quotes that I felt would resonate with many PWMEs.  I've finally finished gathering those quotes, so here they are.  These are mostly quotes about illness, health, and facing adversity.  I hope you find one or two that speak to you.

He who has a 'why' to live, can bear with almost any 'how' ~ Friedrich Nietzsche

The most important thing in illness is never to lose heart. ~Nikolai Lenin 

Be careful about reading health books. You may die of a misprint.  ~ Mark Twain

Modern medicine is a negation of health. It isn't organized to serve human health, but only itself, as an institution. It makes more people sick than it heals.  ~Ivan Illich

The art of medicine consists in amusing the patient while nature cures the disease.  ~Voltaire [I've met a few doctors who must have studied at the Voltaire School of Medicine.]

A man is insensible to the relish of prosperity until he has tasted adversity.  ~Rosalind Russell

Effective health care depends on self-care; this fact is currently heralded as if it were a discovery.  ~Ivan Illich

Treasure the love you receive above all. It will survive long after your good health has vanished. ~Og Mandino

Adversity has the effect of eliciting talents, which in prosperous circumstances would have lain dormant. ~Horace

Adversity is the state in which man most easily becomes acquainted with himself, being especially free of admirers then.  ~John Wooden

A bad cold [or ME/CFS] wouldn't be so annoying if it weren't for the advice of our friends. ~Kin Hubbard 

Eat right, exercise regularly, die anyway. ~Author Unknown

A sad soul can kill you quicker than a germ. ~John Steinbeck

They claim red meat is bad for you. But I never saw a sick-looking tiger. ~Chi Chi Rodriguez

Physical ills are the taxes laid upon this wretched life; some are taxed higher, and some lower, but all pay something. ~Lord Chesterfield

Sickness comes on horseback but departs on foot. ~Dutch Proverb, sometimes attributed to William C. Hazlitt

The appearance of a disease is swift as an arrow; its disappearance slow, like a thread. ~Chinese Proverb

The longer I live the less confidence I have in drugs and the greater is my confidence in the regulation and administration of diet and regimen. ~John Redman Coxe, 1800

Fresh air impoverishes the doctor. ~Danish Proverb

Health is like munny, we never have a true idea of its value until we lose it. ~Josh Billings

Gold that buys health can never be ill spent. ~Thomas Dekker, Westward Ho, 1604

From the bitterness of disease man learns the sweetness of health. ~Catalan Proverb

There is something in sickness that breaks down the pride of manhood. ~Charles Dickens

Everyone who is born holds dual citizenship, in the kingdom of the well and in the kingdom of the sick. Although we all prefer to use only the good passport, sooner or later each of us is obliged, at least for a spell, to identify ourselves as citizens of that other place. ~Susan Sontag, Illness as Metaphor, 1977

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