What timid man does not avoid contact with the sick, fearing lest he contract a disease so near?

—Ovid, c. 10

Hygienic law, like martial law, supersedes rights in crises.

—Samuel Hopkins Adams, 1913

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

—Hans Zinsser, 1935

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

—Leslie Jamison, 2020

How sickness enlarges the dimension of a man’s self to himself! He is his own exclusive object.

—Charles Lamb, 1833

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

—Marianne Moore, 1935

Disease generally begins that equality which death completes.

—Samuel Johnson, 1750

Disease makes men more physical, it leaves them nothing but body.

—Thomas Mann, 1924

Health can make money, but money cannot make health.

—Maria Edgeworth, 1833

Disease is not of the body but of the place.

—Latin proverb

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

Diseases are not immutable entities but dynamic social constructions that have biographies of their own.

—Robert P. Hudson, 1983

He who dies of epidemic disease is a martyr.

—Muhammad, c. 630