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

—Leslie Jamison, 2020

Men take diseases, one of another. Therefore let men take heed of their company.

—William Shakespeare, c. 1600

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

—Thomas Mann, 1924

Disease is not of the body but of the place.

—Latin proverb

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

—Ovid, c. 10

He who dies of epidemic disease is a martyr.

—Muhammad, c. 630

Health can make money, but money cannot make health.

—Maria Edgeworth, 1833

We should always presume the disease to be curable until its own nature proves it otherwise.

—Peter Mere Latham, c. 1845

’Tis the destroyer, or the devil, that scatters plagues about the world.

—Cotton Mather, 1693

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

—Helen Keller, 1936

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

—Marianne Moore, 1935

Ours is an age which consciously pursues health, and yet only believes in the reality of sickness.

—Susan Sontag, 1963

In times of pestilence, gaiety and joyousness are most profitable.

—Jacme d’Agramont, 1348