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.


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