It is strange indeed that the more we learn about how to build health, the less healthy Americans become.

—Adelle Davis, 1951

Plagues are as certain as death and taxes.

—Richard Krause, 1982

The best quarantine is hygiene.

—Richard D. Arnold, 1871

If we wait for a pandemic to appear, it will be too late to prepare.

—George W. Bush, 2005

I reckon being ill as one of the great pleasures of life, provided one is not too ill and is not obliged to work till one is better.

—Samuel Butler, c. 1902

All the world is topsy-turvy, and it has been topsy-turvy ever since the plague.

—Jack London, 1912

Death from the bubonic plague is rated, with crucifixion, among the nastiest human experiences of all.

—Guy R. Williams, 1975

Everyone who is sick is someone else’s patient zero.

—Leslie Jamison, 2020

Health in all lands is among the indispensable guarantees of human progress.

—Helen Keller, 1936

The beginning of health lies in knowing the disease.

—Miguel de Cervantes, 1615

He who dies of epidemic disease is a martyr.

—Muhammad, c. 630

Infectious disease is one of the few genuine adventures left in the world.

—Hans Zinsser, 1935

Health care delivery is one of the tragedies still in America.

—Jewel Plummer Cobb, 1989