Illness Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old illness quotes, illness sayings, and illness proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

Illness is regarded as a crime, and crime is regarded as illness.     

Barbara Grizzuti Harrison

Sickness comes on horseback but departs on foot.     


Illness cannot exist in a body that has harmonious thoughts.     

Rhonda Byrne

You can trace every sickness, every disease and every ailment to a mineral deficiency     

Linus Pauling

Illness is the result of improper removal of toxins from the body. Oxygen is the vital factor which assists the body in removing toxins.     

Ed McCabe

All illness no matter whether you stubbed your toe, battle cancer or are blowing your nose constantly with a common cold is simply slowed down vibration.     

Catherine Carrigan

Illness or pain is just an extension of negative emotion. When you are no longer feeling any resistance to it, it's a non-issue.     

Esther Hicks

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

John Green

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

Marcel Proust

Illness is the opposite of freedom. It makes everything impossible.     

Francoise Sagan

It is in moments of illness that we are compelled to recognize that we live not alone but chained to a creature of a different kingdom, whole worlds apart, who has no knowledge of us and by whom it is impossible to make ourselves understood: our body.     

Marcel Proust

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

Sickness is an illusion, to be annihilated by Science.     

Mary Baker Eddy

Illness is the great equalizer. It doesn't matter who you are, rich or poor, young or old, fat or thin, sick is sick.     

Fran Drescher

Sickness sometimes is a great blessing. People become angels through sickness.     

Spencer W Kimball

For every human illness, somewhere in the world there exists a plant which is the cure.     

Rudolf Steiner

Chronic disease is a foodborne illness. We ate our way into this mess, and we must eat our way out.     

Mark Hyman

The easiest time to cure an illness is before it is accepted as a part of the self-image.     

Jane Roberts

Sickness is the first warning that we have made a wrong judgement. A healthy person is never unhappy.     

George Ohsawa

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

To heal illness, begin by restoring balance.     

Caroline Myss

Illness is the night side of life, a more onerous citizenship. 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 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

Mental illness can happen to anybody. You can be a dustman, a politician, a Tesco worker... anyone. It could be your dad, your brother or your aunt.     

Frank Bruno

Illness sets the mind free sometimes to roam and surmise.     

Alice B. Toklas

Every sickness has an alien quality, a feeling of invasion and loss of control that is evident in the language we use about it.     

Siri Hustvedt

Illness can make us behave in the most surprising ways.     

Susan Minot

The essence of illness is the freezing of behavior into unalterable and insatiable patterns.     

Lawrence S. Kubie

Recovery from illness often seems like beginning life all over again.     

Cornelia Meigs

Think about it: Heart disease and diabetes, which account for more deaths in the U.S. and worldwide than everything else combined, are completely preventable by making comprehensive lifestyle changes. Without drugs or surgery.     

Dean Ornish

What worse illness can there be than acute conventionality. You should pray every night that you don't wake up with it.     

George Weinberg

Most illness is just stress from not living in harmony.     

Bruce H. Lipton

Illness is a clumsy attempt to arrive at health: we must come to nature's aid with intellect.     

Friedrich Nietzsche

Your illness is not your identity. Your chemistry is not your character.     

Rick Warren

Mental illness leaves a huge legacy, not just for the person suffering it but for those around them.     

Lysette Anthony

Whether an illness affects your heart, your leg or your brain, it's still an illness, and there should be no distinction.     

Michelle Obama

Even if you have a terminal disease, you don't have to sit down and mope. Enjoy life and challenge the illness that you have.     

Nelson Mandela

Any other illness, any other disease that we're faced with, there's sympathy and understanding. We get help for those. With mental illness, our go-to is to categorize them as, 'Oh, they're crazy,' to belittle the problem.     

Chris Wood

Sickness is felt, but health not at all.     

Thomas Fuller

Every illness is an opportunity for compassionate revelations.     

Judith Orloff

Sickness is the vengeance of nature for the violation of her laws.     

Charles Simmons

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

Alexander Pope

Even sickness becomes an experience that we pass through in happiness because our happiness is not dependent upon how our body feels, but how our spirit feels.     

Frederick Lenz

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

Marcel Proust

Illness is merely the bitter, which a wise Providence mingles in the cup of life.     

James Holman

Illness is often a sign that you need to make an adjustment in your life path.     

Christiane Northrup

All illnesses have some heredity contribution. It's been said that genetics loads the gun and environment pulls the trigger.     

Francis Collins

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

The number one root of all illness, as we know, is stress.     

Marianne Williamson

It is in sickness that we most feel the need of that sympathy which shows how much we are dependent upon one another for our comfort, and even necessities. Thus disease, opening our eyes to the realities of life, is an indirect blessing.     

Hosea Ballou

Illness isn't the only thing that spoils the appetite.     

Ivan Turgenev