Top 286 Disease Quotes

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“Life is an incurable disease.”

― Abraham Cowley

“I have learned to hate all traitors, and there is no disease that I spit on more than treachery.”

― Aeschylus

“Without effective human intervention, epidemics and pandemics typically end only when the virus or bacteria has infected every available host and all have either died or become immune to the disease.”

― Alan Huffman

“Nationalism is an infantile disease. It is the measles of mankind.”

― Albert Einstein

“Being a foreigner is not a disease.”

― Alden Nowlan

“Hastiness and superficiality are the psychic diseases of the 20th century, and more than anywhere else this disease is reflected in the press.”

― Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

“Illinois then had no legislation providing compensation for accident or disease caused by occupation.”

― Alice Hamilton

“I have autoimmune disease, thyroid problems, and I’ve been diagnosed pre-diabetic.”

― Amanda de Cadenet

“When disease took my legs, I eventually realized I didn’t need them to lead a full, empowering life.”

― Amy Purdy

“I’m not against high-tech medicine. It has a secure place in the diagnosis and treatment of serious disease.”

― Andrew Weil

“I did not want to become a poster child for yet another disease.”

― Andy Grove

“Dave Duerson had classic pathology of CTE and no evidence of any other disease.”

― Ann McKee

“We’ve all learned about this disease since it was first discovered several years ago in Europe. And so I think we’ve learned from the European experience.”

― Ann Veneman

“There’s a whole group of people who are 100-plus and have no disease. Why?”

― Anne Wojcicki

“Some genetic variants can be informative about one’s risk for Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s disease.”

― Anne Wojcicki

“You are not just about death and disease.”

― Anne Wojcicki

“We care a lot more about not having the disease than treating it.”

― Anne Wojcicki

“Incorporating genetics into a platform with the reach of ResearchKit will accelerate insights into illness and disease even further.”

― Anne Wojcicki

“Pneumococcal disease is a real threat. Pneumococcal disease is a bacterial infection that causes anything from middle ear infection to pneumonia to meningitis. Children are particularly vulnerable to it, but adults can get pneumococcal disease themselves.”

― Anthony Fauci

“I’m generally considered a conservative in my predictions for disease.”

― Anthony Fauci

“You can have an epidemic in a state. You can have it in a region. You can have it in a country where the critical level of disease passes a certain threshold, and we call that an ‘epidemic threshold.’”

― Anthony Fauci

“I run a modest-sized laboratory that’s looking specifically at what we call ‘the pathogenic mechanisms of HIV disease, or AIDS.’”

― Anthony Fauci

“War is not an adventure. It is a disease. It is like typhus.”

― Antoine de Saint-Exupery

“When a lot of remedies are suggested for a disease, that means it can’t be cured.”

― Anton Chekhov

“When I was a child I had something called Perthes’ Disease which meant I was on crutches, so I was bullied at school and all that sort of stuff.”

― Antony Beevor

“The doctor has been taught to be interested not in health but in disease. What the public is taught is that health is the cure for disease.”

― Ashley Montagu

“The aim is to postpone frailty, postpone degenerative disease, debilitation and so on and thereby shorten the period at the end of life, which is passed in a decrepit or disabled state, while extending life as a whole.”

― Aubrey de Grey

“I don’t suffer from SCD myself, but I do carry the gene. This means that if I married another person who carried the gene, there would be a danger our children would suffer from the disease.”

― Ayobami Adebayo

“They that are intoxicated by self-conceit have interposed themselves between it and the Divine and infallible Physician. Witness how they have entangled all men, themselves included, in the mesh of their devices. They can neither discover the cause of the disease, nor have they any knowledge of the remedy.”

― Baha’u’llah

“Environmental pollution is an incurable disease. It can only be prevented.”

― Barry Commoner

“A heart beset by coronary disease will begin to recruit secondary arteries to carry oxygenated blood.”

― Barry Eisler

“Talking is the disease of age.”

― Ben Jonson

“When World AIDS Day was first observed in 1988, there was no truly effective treatment for what was almost always a deadly disease.”

― Bernie Sanders

“The AIDS is a disease that is hard to talk about.”

― Bill Gates

“The belief that the world is getting worse, that we can’t solve extreme poverty and disease, isn’t just mistaken. It is harmful.”

― Bill Gates

“Everything that used to be a sin is now a disease.”

― Bill Maher

“I have read many studies out of the Karolinska Institute in Sweden and they demonstrated that Vitamin E, Co-Q-10, and Fish Oil could protect the immune system of athletes and prevent disease.”

― Bill Toomey

“If you really want to isolate a disease, then you have to isolate the people who carry it.”

― Bruce Beutler

“I. Hate. Excuses. Excuses are a disease.”

― Cam Newton

“Psoriasis is an autoimmune disease, and I’m sensitive.”

― Cara Delevingne

“Sometimes I’ve called writing a disease. If so, I’m glad that it caught me.”

― Charles Bukowski

“In 1989, my father died after a prolonged struggle with Alzheimer’s disease. All four of his siblings followed him into the shadow lands of that fascinating, maddening affliction.”

― Charlie Pierce

“Legislation on Lyme disease, weather patterns, helping farmers, helping veterans – these are not partisan issues.”

― Chris Gibson

“Coffee is already known to be a preventive factor against mild depression, Parkinson’s disease, and colon and rectal cancers.”

― Chris Kilham

“Pregnancy is not a disease. The child in the womb is neither a tumor nor a parasite to be destroyed.”

― Chris Smith

“A lot of people spend their last decade of their lives in pain and misery combating disease.”

― Craig Venter

“In the past, geneticists have looked at so-called disease genes, but a lot of people have changes in their genes and don’t get these diseases. There have to be other parts of physiology and genetics that compensate.”

― Craig Venter

“I have a blend of klotho gene variants that have been linked with a lower risk for coronary artery disease and stroke and an advantage in longevity.”

― Craig Venter

“Your age is your No. 1 risk factor for almost every disease, but it’s not a disease itself.”

― Craig Venter

“One can no longer live with people: it is too hideous and nauseating. Owners and owned, they are like the two sides of a ghastly disease.”

― D. H. Lawrence

“A more effective international disease surveillance system is essential for global security both against a bioterrorist attack or a naturally occurring disease.”

― Daniel Akaka

“Anti-Semitism has no historical, political and certainly no philosophical origins. Anti-Semitism is a disease.”

― Daniel Barenboim

“Grief causes suffering and disease.”

― Daniel D. Palmer

“I had the idea of ‘Live From Daryl’s House’ way before I contracted Lyme disease.”

― Daryl Hall

“I want doctors to treat toward health and not treat toward disease.”

― David Agus

“What we have seen with Islamist extremism, whether it is in Mali or Somalia or Afghanistan, is that the disease is not necessarily the individual country. The disease is the Islamist extremism, and that’s what we have to fight; that’s the narrative that we have to beat.”

― David Cameron

“In Brazil, the history of the interaction between blancos and indios – whites and Indians – often reads like an extended epitaph. Tribes were wiped out by disease and massacres; languages and songs were obliterated.”

― David Grann

“When our bodies are violated by this horrible disease of cancer, we’re in total shock because it’s so unexpected.”

― David H. Koch

“The March of Dimes turned a disease not nearly as prevalent as childhood cancer into a national crusade. Polio was not that widespread.”

― David Oshinsky

“Alzheimer’s is a disease for which there is no effective treatment whatsoever. To be clear, there is no pharmaceutical agent, no magic pill that a doctor can prescribe that will have any significant effect on the progressive downhill course of this disease.”

― David Perlmutter

“Inflammation is the cornerstone of Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s, multiple sclerosis – all of the neurodegenerative diseases are really predicated on inflammation.”

― David Perlmutter

“Dementia is our most-feared illness, more than heart disease or cancer.”

― David Perlmutter

“As a practicing neurologist, I place central importance in applying current science to the notion of disease prevention.”

― David Perlmutter

“Even slight elevations in blood sugar have been shown to increase the risk of Alzheimer’s disease.”

― David Perlmutter

“Parkinson’s is described as a progressive idiopathic neurodegenerative disorder, a brain disease that will worsen with time for which no cause has as yet been identified.”

― David Perlmutter

“Though all afflictions are evils in themselves, yet they are good for us, because they discover to us our disease and tend to our cure.”

― David Viscott

“Preventing cardiovascular disease can help free up critical resources for treating HIV/AIDS and other illnesses.”

― Dean Ornish

“Manic depressive is a disease.”

― Debbie Reynolds

“I know runners who have suffered a tick bite and ended up with Lyme disease. I’ll take an angry moose any day.”

― Don Kardong

“Drug abuse is a medical disease that requires medical professionals.”

― Doug Ose

“Self-depreciation is a disease. Once it gets a hold on us – good-bye!”

― Douglas Fairbanks

“The thing about motor neuron disease, once a muscle stops working, it doesn’t start again.”

― Eddie Redmayne

“Diabetes is a lousy, lousy disease.”

― Elaine Stritch

“It is often seen that in households where all members are exposed to the same danger, or again in schools or troops where everyone lives the same life, disease does not strike everyone indifferently.”

― Elie Metchnikoff

“My work with AIDS patients started right at the beginning of the epidemic, totally unplanned and spontaneous, as all my work had proceeded in the previous two decades, if it were not already my whole life-style! In the early eighties, we knew very little about this peculiar disease.”

― Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

“One characteristic aspect of ageing is the increased susceptibility to disease, particularly age-related diseases such as cardiovascular diseases and cancer.”

― Elizabeth Blackburn

“We and other groups are seeing clear statistical links between telomere shortness and risk for a variety of diseases that are becoming very common, such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes and certain cancers.”

― Elizabeth Blackburn

“We are surely the primary agent of death for all members of the cat tribe. For many if not most cat species, our depredations must surpass accidents, disease, and even starvation by a considerable margin.”

― Elizabeth Marshall Thomas

“I think if we can prevent a fatal disease, we should.”

― Elizabeth Pisani

“No one recovers from the disease of being born, a deadly wound if there ever was one.”

― Emil Cioran

“God – a disease we imagine we are cured of because no one dies of it nowadays.”

― Emil Cioran

“Seldom in the history of medicine has the recognition of the most effective cure followed as swiftly on the heels of the discovery of a disease as the establishment of the complete effectiveness of iodothyrin and thyroidin followed the recognition of cachexia thyreopriva.”

― Emil Theodor Kocher

“It may act as an ancillary factor, but by itself, the mutation in tau doesn’t give you Alzheimer’s disease. This is not to say the tau is not very important. It may be important in propagating the disorder from one cell to another. But as a causal mechanism, the evidence is strongest for beta amyloid abnormalities.”

― Eric Kandel

“Bipolar disorder is a scary disease, but it is manageable. And I feel blessed that I was able to get the right attention and the right medication to deal with my specific illness.”

― Eric Millegan

“Individuals in very small groups are about the only thing that is free of the disease of the embedded growth obligation.”

― Eric Weinstein

“I have never had a dietician and I never will, unless I get a disease.”

― Esha Gupta

“Bram Stoker’s ‘Dracula,’ in my reading, is really obviously about disease and our relation to disease.”

― Eula Biss

“In the 19th century, smallpox was widely considered a disease of filth, which meant that it was largely understood to be a disease of the poor. According to filth theory, any number of contagious diseases were caused by bad air that had been made foul by excrement or rot.”

― Eula Biss

“It is becoming clear that many diseases – especially cancer – are highly complex and may respond better to a multi-drug approach which targets many different aspects of a disease process.”

― Eva Vertes

“I became demented overnight. Sudden onset is one factor that distinguishes my form of dementia from the more common form associated with Alzheimer’s disease.”

― Floyd Skloot

“The remedy is worse than the disease.”

― Francis Bacon

“My own area of expertise is the genetics of human disease. I was fortunate to be part of the team that found the genes for cystic fibrosis, and Huntington’s disease and neurofibromatosis.”

― Francis Collins

“I feel coming on a strange disease – humility.”

― Frank Lloyd Wright

“As soon as a disease is diagnosed, we still need someone to deliver the care.”

― Frans van Houten

“The disease of mutual distrust among nations is the bane of modern civilization.”

― Franz Boas

“Being an only child is a disease in itself.”

― G. Stanley Hall

“I was diagnosed with Graves’ disease, an illness of the thyroid gland. Instead of surgery, I was given radiation treatment.”

― Gail Devers

“Any movement at all that reduces disease, that reduces overdoses, that reduces property crime, that reduces violent crime, is good.”

― Gary Johnson

“Though social eugenics was discredited long ago, we still often think of the genome in quasi-eugenic terms. When we read about the latest discovery of a link between a gene and a disease, we imagine that we’ve learned the cause of the disease, and we may even think we’ll get a cure by fixing the gene.”

― Gary Wolf

“Disease is a vital expression of the human organism.”

― Georg Groddeck

“I have a form of Parkinson’s disease, which I don’t like. My legs don’t move when my brain tells them to. It’s very frustrating.”

― George H. W. Bush

“The rewards for biotechnology are tremendous – to solve disease, eliminate poverty, age gracefully. It sounds so much cooler than Facebook.”

― George M. Church

“Terrorism is not a public health threat, relative to cancer and heart disease and malaria and so forth.”

― George M. Church

“Drug abuse is a very difficult disease.”

― Gerry Cooney

“Artistic temperament is the disease that afflicts amateurs.”

― Gilbert K. Chesterton

“We can’t get at crime unless we know what language it speaks. Otherwise, we are just suppressing the cough, not curing the disease.”

― Greg Boyle

“Alzheimer’s disease starts when a protein that should be folded up properly misfolds into a kind of demented origami.”

― Gregory Petsko

“I was diagnosed with hypertension when I was 24, and I battled hypertension for about 10 to 12 years, and then I went to the doctor for something else, and he found that I had high levels of protein in my urine, and that’s how I found out I had kidney disease.”

― Grizz Chapman

“Although approximately 80% of osteoporosis sufferers are women, as the longevity of the male population increases, the disease will assume increasing importance in men.”

― Gro Harlem Brundtland

“This double burden of disease is rapidly putting a serious brake on the development efforts of many countries.”

― Gro Harlem Brundtland

“The burden of disease falls on the poor.”

― Gro Harlem Brundtland

“The goal is to reduce the size and scope of government spending, not to focus on the deficit. The deficit is the symptom of the disease.”

― Grover Norquist

“Corruption is a disease, and sometimes it’s institutionalized. It takes years to remove it. But I want to remove it.”

― Haider al-Abadi

“In cases of porphyria, a minor disease, the patient excretes large quantities of porphyrins.”

― Hans Fischer

“The worst disease which can afflict business executives in their work is not, as popularly supposed, alcoholism; it’s egotism.”

― Harold S. Geneen

“Point set topology is a disease from which the human race will soon recover.”

― Henri Poincare

“Fascism is a worldwide disease. Its greatest threat to the United States will come after the war, either via Latin America or within the United States itself.”

― Henry A. Wallace

“My eyes don’t work, at least not fully, because they are blocked by disease. The scene around me appears through a kind of curtain, a haze.”

― Henry Grunwald

“Bigotry is the sacred disease.”

― Heraclitus

“Natural forces within us are the true healers of disease.”

― Hippocrates

“Disease is the retribution of outraged Nature.”

― Hosea Ballou

“What person doesn’t search online about their disease after they are diagnosed?”

― Howard Rheingold

“It’s silly to keep people alive who have a terrible disease.”

― Imogen Cunningham

“The difference is that with Ebola, it is such a devastating disease, and there is still no cure. They’re still working on vaccines. The fact of the matter with polio, there is a cure; there is a vaccine.”

― Itzhak Perlman

“What I think a doctor should do is prevent disease, by any means necessary.”

― Jack Kevorkian

“Everyone is different. We all suffer from the disease of being human. There are a thousand cures but no antidotes.”

― James Altucher

“Measles and TB evolved from diseases of our cattle, influenza from a disease of pigs, and smallpox possibly from a disease of camels. The Americas had very few native domesticated animal species from which humans could acquire such diseases.”

― Jared Diamond

“If Carter had been there when the AIDS crisis came up, it would have been a whole different story. It could have been treated like a legitimate disease.”

― Jean O’Leary

“Without money honor is merely a disease.”

― Jean Racine

“The new disease was named chronic traumatic encephalopathy, and the NFL fervently and repeatedly denied that such a thing had anything to do with the league or its players.”

― Jeanne Marie Laskas

“Although there have been warnings that it was coming for years, the Alzheimer’s epidemic is here now and millions more families will be touched by this progressive – and ultimately fatal – disease unless its course can be altered.”

― Jeanne Phillips

“The deficit is the symptom, but spending is the disease.”

― Jeb Hensarling

“Too many younger artists, critics, and curators are fetishizing the sixties, transforming the period into a deformed cult, a fantasy religion, a hip brand, and a crippling disease.”

― Jerry Saltz

“Black people do not have AIDS because AIDS is a ‘black disease’; black people are getting AIDS because most of them are immoral.”

― Jesse Lee Peterson

“Germ theory, which secularized infectious disease, had a side effect: it sacralized epidemiology.”

― Jill Lepore

“Alzheimer’s is such an insidious disease.”

― Jim Nantz

“My father passed away due to Alzheimer’s disease, and many things I do are nods to him.”

― Jim Nantz

“I want Alzheimer’s. I want Lou Gehrig’s disease. I want Parkinson’s. I want Huntington’s. I want to be the face and voice of all these neurological traumas. I want them all.”

― Jim Nantz

“Aggression unopposed becomes a contagious disease.”

― Jimmy Carter

“The modern diet is grossly deficient in hundreds of important plant-derived immunity-building compounds which makes us highly vulnerable to viruses, infections and disease.”

― Joel Fuhrman

“The god of the Christians, as we have seen, is the god who makes promises only to break them; who sends them pestilence and disease in order to heal them; a god who demoralizes mankind in order to improve it.”

― Johann Most

“I observe the physician with the same diligence as the disease.”

― John Donne

“I am particularly interested in Alzheimer’s disease and have been for some time now.”

― John O’Keefe

“People are worried about their bodies. They’re worried about disease. They’re worried about how they are able to get out and participate in the world.”

― John Scalzi

“The disease which inflicts bureaucracy and what they usually die from is routine.”

― John Stuart Mill

“Heartbreak comes in different sizes, and the departure of an 18-year-old child for a far college has to be treated as a very benign form of the disease.”

― Jonathan Raban

“I suffer the terrible disease of low self-esteem.”

― Julie Bowen

“Morality is a venereal disease. Its primary stage is called virtue; its secondary stage, boredom; its tertiary stage, syphilis.”

― Karl Kraus

“Addiction is a hugely complex and destructive disease, and its impact can be simply devastating. All too often, lives and families can be shattered by it.”

― Kate Middleton

“The disease is painless; it’s the cure that hurts.”

― Katharine Whitehorn

“When I was at Stanford, I was actually in the cancer biology program, but I mostly focused on infectious disease.”

― Kathleen Rubins

“I have a condition called Menieres disease which is a problem with fluid retention in the inner ear. It has four symptoms: ringing in the ear, pressure in the ear, fluctuating hearing loss, and attacks of vertigo.”

― Katie Leclerc

“We expect well-informed treatment for cancer or heart disease; it matters no less for depression.”

― Kay Redfield Jamison

“Beneath all of these addictions is this disease, this control disease which is the mark of our society.”

― Keith Miller

“I fight AIDS because it’s a killer disease, destroys the human race in all fields.”

― Kenneth Kaunda

“Pearl is a disease of oysters. Levant is a disease of Hollywood.”

― Kenneth Tynan

“Ebola’s a terrifying disease.”

― Kent Brantly

“As the Ebola virus continued to consume my patients, I witnessed the horror this disease visits upon its victims, the intense pain and humiliation of those who suffer with it.”

― Kent Brantly

“Cancer is just a horrible disease.”

― Kevin Richardson

“Before my mother’s diagnosis with Alzheimer’s, I had heard of the disease, but hadn’t known anyone who had suffered from it.”

― Kevin Whately

“I’ve had people in the family, male and female, impacted by heart disease. But people can prevent it.”

― Laila Ali

“This disease leaves people bedridden. I’ve gone through phases where I couldn’t roll over in bed. I couldn’t speak. To have it called ‘fatigue’ is a gross misnomer.”

― Laura Hillenbrand

“A disease and its treatment can be a series of humiliations, a chisel for humility.”

― Laurel Lea

“It really is like a disease. I just couldn’t get away from the theater.”

― Lauren Worsham

“Almost everybody is enthusiastic about the promise of biotechnology to cure disease and to relieve suffering.”

― Leon Kass

“Each form of Alzheimer’s disease should perturb different brain networks and so influence the concentration of different proteins that can be measured in the blood.”

― Leroy Hood

“Parkinson’s is very hard to diagnose. So when I finally went to a neurologist, and he said, ‘Oh, you have Parkinson’s disease,’ I was completely shocked.”

― Linda Ronstadt

“I have aging as a disease.”

― Liz Parrish

“I mean, I inherited the disease of alcoholism, and I learned early to get help when I needed it.”

― Liza Minnelli

“I’ve been working with the National Lung Health Education Program to raise awareness about Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease.”

― Loni Anderson

“I’ve always been very involved in anything that had to do with lung disease or cancer.”

― Loni Anderson

“A carrier with a venereal disease can have many partners, but only those whose mental and physical immune systems are weak will be susceptible to it.”

― Louise L. Hay

“John F. Kennedy was the victim of the hate that was a part of our country. It is a disease that occupies the minds of the few but brings danger to the many.”

― Lyndon B. Johnson

“He had Parkinson’s disease for about, I’d say diagnosed for about 11 of the last years of his life. And treatment was not as good as it is now, of course. We’re still going along and he died in ’85 and he was 77.”

― Lynn Redgrave

“No disease that can be treated by diet should be treated with any other means.”

― Maimonides

“Alternative medicine plays into this exaggerated notion that you can prevent disease simply by doing the right thing.”

― Marcia Angell

“I think self-deprecation is such a disease, and I want to cure everybody of it and so that’s my contribution.”

― Margaret Cho

“To cure the British disease with socialism was like trying to cure leukaemia with leeches.”

― Margaret Thatcher

“Fear is a disease that eats away at logic and makes man inhuman.”

― Marian Anderson

“The passion for setting people right is in itself an afflictive disease.”

― Marianne Moore

“Cancer is an emotional disease.”

― Marina Abramovic

“We imagine ‘the end’ as a world-devastating event, but every time there’s a terrible earthquake, a tsunami, an outbreak of disease – that’s apocalyptic, on a micro-scale.”

― Marjorie Liu

“Placing too much emphasis on a yes/no diagnosis, meaning you either have a disease or you don’t, can lead even the most well-meaning physicians to miss underlying causes and early warning signs of illness.”

― Mark Hyman

“Misery is a communicable disease.”

― Martha Graham

“We are going to find, I think, several different kinds of Crohn’s disease.”

― Mary Ann Mobley

“Ulcerative colitis can be cured by the operation, but you cannot cure Crohn’s disease.”

― Mary Ann Mobley

“In 1962 I was diagnosed with this incurable disease.”

― Mary Ann Mobley

“Antioxidants have a good effect on certain forms of Crohn’s disease.”

― Mary Ann Mobley

“At the time I was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease, my doctors told me that I had an incurable illness and they didn’t know much about it.”

― Mary Ann Mobley

“We have a disease care system, not a health care system.”

― Matthew Heineman

“Cured yesterday of my disease, I died last night of my physician.”

― Matthew Prior

“My disease is a very rare form of muscular dystrophy, called disautonomic mitochondrial myopathy.”

― Mattie Stepanek

“While there is no cure, cystic fibrosis is so close to being a livable disease. There is a lot of hope.”

― Max Carver

“Most allopathic doctors think practitioners of alternative medicine are all quacks. They’re not. Often they’re sharp people who think differently about disease.”

― Mehmet Oz

“There are zillions of people who say that alcoholism is a disease, but not many of them believe it.”

― Mercedes McCambridge

“Though pigs have been proven susceptible to a porcine spongiform encephalopathy, the National Pork Producers Council claims that no naturally occurring cases of ‘mad pig’ disease have ever been discovered.”

― Michael Greger

“It is a remarkable fact that smallpox, a scourge for thousands of years, has now vanished from the earth, except for two tiny vials, one locked in a highly secure facility at the Centers for Disease Control, in Atlanta, and another stored in a similarly secure vault in Siberia.”

― Michael Specter

“The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has established highly specific criteria for the diagnosis of Lyme disease: an acknowledged tick bite, the appearance of a bull’s-eye rash, and, for those who don’t live in a region where Lyme is common, laboratory evidence of infection.”

― Michael Specter

“Lyme disease is the most commonly reported tick-borne illness in the United States, and the incidence is growing rapidly. In 2009, the C.D.C. reported thirty-eight thousand cases, three times more than in 1991. Most researchers agree that the true number of infections is five to ten times higher.”

― Michael Specter

“Consciousness is a disease.”

― Miguel de Unamuno

“There are several patients – there are thousands of patients, tens of thousands of patients, that carry either a stimulator in the brain or in the periphery, in the inner ear, to restore neurological functions or to control diseases like Parkinson’s disease.”

― Miguel Nicolelis

“I have had Crohn’s for about 19 years. It is a debilitating disease that affects my colon.”

― Mike McCready

“Every citizen who stops smoking, or loses a few pounds, or starts managing his chronic disease with real diligence, is caulking a crack for the benefit of us all.”

― Mitch Daniels

“The biggest disease today is not leprosy or tuberculosis, but rather the feeling of being unwanted.”

― Mother Teresa

“Life – and I don’t suppose I’m the first to make this comparison – is a disease: sexually transmitted, and invariably fatal.”

― Neil Gaiman

“The name ‘Mondelez’ I hate. It sounds like a disease.”

― Nelson Peltz

“My cousin was diagnosed with muscular dystrophy, and it’s just a really tragic disease, and as of yet there is no cure, so I feel I want to get it as much publicity to do it as I can.”

― Nick Robinson

“It’s just a bunch of songs. I’m not trying to cure any major disease.”

― Nuno Bettencourt

“I really believe great actors, even with disease and age, can be great.”

― Olivier Martinez

“Cervical cancer doesn’t discriminate by how much money you have. The disease affects so many – it’s frightening.”

― Peta Todd

“I share Alfred Nobel’s conviction that war is the greatest of all human disasters. Infectious disease runs a good second.”

― Peter C. Doherty

“Drones watch for disease and collect real-time data on crop health and yields.”

― Peter Diamandis

“Remedies, indeed, are our great analysers of disease.”

― Peter Latham

“Perhaps more than any other disease before or since, syphilis in early modern Europe provoked the kind of widespread moral panic that AIDS revived when it struck America in the 1980s.”

― Peter Lewis Allen

“More people with HIV/Aids are getting inexpensive anti-retroviral drugs, and their life expectancy has increased, but universal access is still far off, and the disease is still spreading, if more slowly than before.”

― Peter Singer

“Cancer is the most pernicious, insidious, disgusting disease of life.”

― Pierce Brosnan

“When the patient loves his disease, how unwilling he is to allow a remedy to be applied.”

― Pierre Corneille

“Love is a serious mental disease.”

― Plato

“We’ll be investing in basic science research with the goal of curing disease.”

― Priscilla Chan

“Some remedies are worse than the disease.”

― Publilius Syrus

“There are some remedies worse than the disease.”

― Publilius Syrus

“Life is a sexually transmitted disease and the mortality rate is one hundred percent.”

― R. D. Laing

“My priorities are to make sure we get the prescription drug bill, that we fund the research in NIH adequately, and that we fund the Center for Disease Control adequately.”

― Ralph Regula

“Disease is the tax which the soul pays for the body, as the tenant pays house-rent for the use of the house.”

― Ramakrishna

“Ambition can be a disease, and it feeds on itself.”

― Rebecca Miller

“The male elites that run most countries are exceedingly uncomfortable with the subject of AIDS because it’s a sexually transmitted disease.”

― Richard Holbrooke

“Now when you have administrators deciding what sexuality is, and what’s a taboo and what’s not in terms of content, you got guys, like, Trent Lott who equates homosexuality with a disease.”

― Richard Serra

“A controlled carbohydrate lifestyle really prevents risk factors for heart disease.”

― Robert Atkins

“Virtue consisted in avoiding scandal and venereal disease.”

― Robert Cecil

“The worst disease which can afflict executives in their work is not, as popularly supposed, alcoholism; it’s egotism.”

― Robert Frost

“Sugary drinks are blamed for increasing the rates of chronic disease and obesity in America. Yet efforts to reduce their consumption through taxes or other measures have gone nowhere. The beverage industry has spent millions defeating them.”

― Robert Reich

“Discrimination is a disease.”

― Roger Staubach

“Love’s a disease. But curable.”

― Rose Macaulay

“Racism is a grown-up disease, and we should stop using our kids to spread it.”

― Ruby Bridges

“As we dread any disease that undermines the health of the body, so should we deplore contention, which is a corroding canker of the spirit.”

― Russell M. Nelson

“AIDS is a horrible disease, and the people who catch it deserve compassion.”

― Sam Kinison

“Disease generally begins that equality which death completes.”

― Samuel Johnson

“We must treat the disease of racism. This means we must understand the disease.”

― Sargent Shriver

“I’m a prime example of the way kidney disease strikes silently.”

― Sean Elliott

“The writings and the recommendations of the earliest medical scientists and the new breed of clinicians between the mid-fifteenth and early seventeenth centuries were based on the supposition that sufficient study and experimentation would elucidate not only the origins of disease, but its treatment as well.”

― Sherwin B. Nuland

“Only the emerging specialty of psychoanalysis seemed to understand that mental maladies are not fully analogous to physical disease. They resist classification, and might better be known by their symptoms and the individualized sufferings of patients than by assigned names.”

― Sherwin B. Nuland

“If there’s one operation for a disease, you know it works. If there are 15 operations, you know that none of them work.”

― Sherwin B. Nuland

“Cancer is not just a dividing cell. It’s a complex disease: It invades, it metastasizes, it evades the immune system.”

― Siddhartha Mukherjee

“There is a duality in recognising what an incredible disease it is – in terms of its origin, that it emerges out of a normal cell. It’s a reminder of what a wonderful thing a normal cell is. In a very cold, scientific sense, I think a cancer cell is a kind of biological marvel.”

― Siddhartha Mukherjee

“Cancer is not one disease but many diseases.”

― Siddhartha Mukherjee

“The gene that enables birds to learn songs can become cancer-causing. There is no normal physiological process that can’t be bastardized by the disease.”

― Siddhartha Mukherjee

“Strangely enough, they have a mind to till the soil, and the love of possessions is a disease in them.”

― Sitting Bull

“Despair often breeds disease.”

― Sophocles

“Whoever grows angry amid troubles applies a drug worse than the disease and is a physician unskilled about misfortunes.”

― Sophocles

“As I kept having episodes of depression, I realized that it was not a one-off: that I had, well, not a disease, really – more an illness.”

― Spike Milligan

“Maybe I don’t have the most common kind of motor neuron disease, which usually kills in two or three years.”

― Stephen Hawking

“The doctor who diagnosed me with ALS, or motor neuron disease, told me that it would kill me in two or three years.”

― Stephen Hawking

“The pandemic of AIDS is a gender-based disease.”

― Stephen Lewis

“Anthrax is a deadly inhalational disease.”

― Steven Hatfill

“Any important disease whose causality is murky, and for which treatment is ineffectual, tends to be awash in significance.”

― Susan Sontag

“If an autoimmune disease can create symptoms that look exactly like schizophrenia, that raises the question, what is schizophrenia? And are there forms of schizophrenia that are caused by other types of autoimmune disease?”

― Susannah Cahalan

“The Center for Disease Control’s bio-monitoring program has found that the majority of Americans carry residues of BPA in their bodies.”

― Suzy Shuster

“With this disease it is so easy to throw in the towel, and that is the worst thing we can do.”

― Teri Garr

“I have a disease, but I also have a lot of other things.”

― Teri Garr

“We will talk about cooperation to destroy the disease as soon as we can.”

― Thaksin Shinawatra

“All interest in disease and death is only another expression of interest in life.”

― Thomas Mann

“I confidently affirm that the greater part of those who are supposed to have died of gout, have died of the medicine rather than the disease – a statement in which I am supported by observation.”

― Thomas Sydenham

“I’m for increased funding for the Centers for Disease Control.”

― Tim Ryan

“Because of my sickle-cell disease, I have a high tolerance for pain.”

― Tionne Watkins

“Ebola is a nasty disease to get. It’s scary. But as a weapon, it is probably not likely. Ebola is a difficult malady to weaponize and deliver efficiently.”

― Tom Clancy

“The vast knowledge we have to prevent cancer, heart disease, and other chronic illnesses is staggering.”

― Tom Rath

“I first found out I had cancer on my eye and lost an eye to this disease when I was 16, and I’ve since had cancer in my kidneys and pancreas and a host of other areas.”

― Tom Rath

“I think science has begun to demonstrate that aging is a disease. If it is, it can be cured.”

― Tom Robbins

“Malaria has long been a devastating and life-threatening global epidemic disease in human history.”

― Tu Youyou

“I have been recently diagnosed with Sjogren’s Syndrome, an autoimmune disease which is an ongoing medical condition that affects my energy level and causes fatigue and joint pain.”

― Venus Williams

“My father invented a cure for which there was no disease and unfortunately my mother caught it and died of it.”

― Victor Borge

“Awareness about heart disease has got to be raised.”

― Vinnie Jones

“The medicine increases the disease.”

― Virgil

“Our goal is to continue to build the pipeline to fight all aspects of disease for all forms of dementia.”

― Vivek Ramaswamy

“I would not have had the same personal commitment to Alzheimer’s disease if it had not been for my mother and my upbringing.”

― Vivek Ramaswamy

“We really suffer from a hot-take disease, wanting to be the first one who has the hottest take.”

― W. Kamau Bell

“Debt is the fatal disease of republics, the first thing and the mightiest to undermine governments and corrupt the people.”

― Wendell Phillips

“I have Graves’ disease and hyperthyroid.”

― Wendy Williams

“Gambling is a disease of barbarians superficially civilized.”

― William Inge

“Ronald Reagan’s well documented final battles with Alzheimer’s disease were fought with the same conviction and courage that his many public battles were fought.”

― William L. Jenkins

“The fear of life is the favorite disease of the 20th century.”

― William Lyon Phelps

“The young physician starts life with 20 drugs for each disease, and the old physician ends life with one drug for 20 diseases.”

― William Osler

“There is no disease more conducive to clinical humility than aneurysm of the aorta.”

― William Osler

“The ALS ice bucket challenge was really the most brilliant publicity stunt of 2014, and it has brought worldwide awareness for a barely-known disease.”

― Yolanda Hadid

“Lyme has brought me to my knees; this disease is a silent killer and does not have a face.”

― Yolanda Hadid

“AIDS today is not a death sentence. It can be treated as a chronic illness, or a chronic disease.”

― Yusuf Hamied
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