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

Mother Teresa (1910-1997) Albanian-born missionary.

The diseases which destroy a man are no less natural than the instincts which preserve him.

George Santayana (1863-1952) American philosopher and poet.

Disease is not of the body but of the place.

Seneca (4 BC-65) Roman philosopher and playwright.

With the modern diseases (once TB, now cancer) the romantic idea that the disease expresses the character is invariably extended to assert that the character causes the disease -- because it has not expressed itself. Passion moves inward, striking and blighting the deepest cellular recesses.

Susan Sontag (1933-2004) American author.

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

Susan Sontag (1933-2004) American author.


AIDS occupies such a large part in our awareness because of what it has been taken to represent. It seems the very model of all the catastrophes privileged populations feel await them.

Susan Sontag (1933-2004) American author.

AIDS obliges people to think of sex as having, possibly, the direst consequences: suicide. Or murder.

Susan Sontag (1933-2004) American author.

We are so fond on one another because our ailments are the same.

Jonathan Swift (1667-1745) Irish-born English satirist.

A decadent civilization compromises with its disease, cherishes the virus infecting it, loses its self-respect.

Emil Cioran (1911-1995) Romanian philosopher and essayist.

It is with disease of the mind, as with those of the body; we are half dead before we understand our disorder, and half cured when we do.

Charles Caleb Colton (1780-1832) British clergyman, sportsman and author.