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  Even medicine when exceeded becomes poison.  
 -  Japanese proverb
  

  If there is neither food nor drink, plain water is medicine.  
 -  African proverb
  

  Bitter pills are gilded.  
 -  German proverb
  

  Medicine is not roast beef.  
 -  Maltese proverb
  

  Sleep is better than medicine.  
 -  Irish proverb
  

  Medicine does not depend on the incantations of the sorcerer.  
 -  African proverb
  

  There is no medicine to apply to a fool.  
 -  Japanese proverb
  

  Bitter pills may have blessed effects.  
 -  Scottish proverb
  

  There is no such thing as tasty medicine.  
 -  Jewish proverb
  

  No medicine can cure a vulgar man.  
 -  Chinese proverb
  

  Bitter pills may have wholesome effects.  
 -  English proverb
  

  Without measure medicine will become poison.  
 -  Polish proverb
  

  There is no medicine to cure hatred.  
 -  African proverb, Ashanti
  

  Medicines be not meant to live by.  
 -  English proverb
  

  For lovesickness there is no medicine.  
 -  Japanese proverb
  

  Pills must be swallowed, not chewed.  
 -  German proverb
  

  It is easy to get a thousand prescriptions but hard to get one single remedy.  
 -  Chinese proverb
  

  A dose of adversity is often as needful as a dose of medicine.  
 -  Proverb
  

  Medicine is my lawful wife, and literature is my mistress. When I get fed up with one, I spend the night with the other.  
 -  Anton Chekhov
  

  He's the best physician that knows the worthlessness of most medicines.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

  Eat few suppers and you'll need few medicines.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

  The trouble with being a hypochondriac these days is that antibiotics have cured all the good diseases.  
 -  Caskie Stinnett
  

  The whole LSD, STP, marijuana, heroin, hashish, prescription cough medicine crowd suffers from the Watchtower itch: you gotta be with us, man, or you're out, you're dead. This pitch is a continual and seeming MUST with those who use the stuff. It's no wonder they keep getting busted.  
 -  Charles Bukowski
  

  Never under any circumstances take a sleeping pill and a laxative on the same night.  
 -  Dave Barry
  

  Empathetic listening is an awesome medication for the hurting heart.  
 -  Gary Chapman
  

  Always laugh when you can, it is cheap medicine.  
 -  George Gordon Byron
  

  Fear and insecurity... The first thing I want you to know is this: it's common. Everybody experienced it. Nobody is beyond it. It doesn't make you bad or weak, ok? You don't need medication for it, ok? It's normal.  
 -  Grant Cardone
  

  Comfort is a disease. And it's what the media wants you to do. It's definitely what the big pharmaceutical companies want you to do. They want you to get comfortable. All the big money on this planet actually wants you to get comfortable so you just sit back and become a passive spectator in the game of life.  
 -  Grant Cardone
  

  To array a man's will against his sickness is the supreme art of medicine.  
 -  Henry Ward Beecher
  

  Walking is man's best medicine.  
 -  Hippocrates
  

  Medicine is the most distinguished of all arts, but through the ignorance of those who practice it, and of those who casually judge such practitioners, it is now of all the arts by far the least esteemed.  
 -  Hippocrates
  

  Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.  
 -  Hippocrates
  

  Empathetic listening is an awesome medication for the hurting heart.  
 -  Gary Chapman
  

  Always laugh when you can, it is cheap medicine.  
 -  George Gordon Byron
  

  Fear and insecurity... The first thing I want you to know is this: it's common. Everybody experienced it. Nobody is beyond it. It doesn't make you bad or weak, ok? You don't need medication for it, ok? It's normal.  
 -  Grant Cardone
  

  Comfort is a disease. And it's what the media wants you to do. It's definitely what the big pharmaceutical companies want you to do. They want you to get comfortable. All the big money on this planet actually wants you to get comfortable so you just sit back and become a passive spectator in the game of life.  
 -  Grant Cardone
  

  To array a man's will against his sickness is the supreme art of medicine.  
 -  Henry Ward Beecher
  

  Walking is man's best medicine.  
 -  Hippocrates
  

  Medicine is the most distinguished of all arts, but through the ignorance of those who practice it, and of those who casually judge such practitioners, it is now of all the arts by far the least esteemed.  
 -  Hippocrates
  

  Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.  
 -  Hippocrates
  

  150 people die every year from being hit by falling coconuts. Not to worry, drug makers are developing a vaccine.  
 -  Jim Carrey
  

  A friend of mine confused her Valium with her birth control pills. She had 14 kids but didn't give a shit.  
 -  Joan Rivers
  

  Disease is the biggest money maker in our economy.  
 -  John H. Tobe
  

  No matter how love-sick a woman is, she shouldn't take the first pill that comes along.  
 -  Joyce Brothers
  

  It would be a service to mankind if the pill were available in slot machines and the cigarette were placed on prescription.  
 -  Malcolm Potts
  

  In the sick room, ten cents' worth of human understanding equals ten dollars' worth of medical science.  
 -  Martin H. Fischer
  

  A hypochondriac is one who has a pill for everything except what ails him.  
 -  Mignon McLaughlin
  

  I have wrestled with an alligator, that's right, I have wrestled with an alligator... I have handcuffed lightning... only last week I have murdered a rock, injured a stone, hospitalized a brick. I'm so mean I make medicine sick!  
 -  Muhammad Ali
  

  You can change your attitude and change your life without taking a pill, seeing a shrink, or trekking to a mountaintop to consult a guru.  
 -  Nick Vujicic
  

  Drugs are not always necessary. Belief in recovery always is.  
 -  Norman Cousins
  

  How's this for a sorry statistic? ... Over five million prescriptions for Valium are dispensed in this country every month, and we are now treating more than four thousand new cases of mental illness every twenty-four hours... There must be a better way to live.  
 -  Og Mandino
  

  The books we read should be chosen with great care, that they may be, as an Egyptian king wrote over his library, 'The medicines of the soul.'  
 -  Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr.
  

  Laws are like medicine: They generally cure an evil by a lesser or a passing evil.  
 -  Otto von Bismarck
  

  Resist beginnings; the prescription comes too late when the disease has gained strength by long delays.  
 -  Ovid
  

  Medicine sometimes snatches away health, sometimes gives it.  
 -  Ovid
  

  It is very expensive to give bad medical care to poor people in a rich country.  
 -  Paul Farmer
  

  I got involved with a lot of different medications, and you can listen to my records go downhill as the amount of medication went up.  
 -  Ringo Starr
  

  I went to the doctor because I'd swallowed a bottle of sleeping pills. My doctor told me to have a few drinks and get some rest.  
 -  Rodney Dangerfield
  

  There's not a pharmaceutical in the world that can compete with the positive results of a good night of restful sleep.  
 -  Sean Stephenson
  

  The doctor of the future will give no medication, but will interest his patients in the care of the human frame, diet and in the cause and prevention of disease.  
 -  Thomas A. Edison
  

  If people let the government decide what foods they eat and what medicines they take, their bodies will soon be in as a sorry state as the souls who live under tyranny.  
 -  Thomas Jefferson
  

  Attempting to debate with a person who has abandoned reason is like giving medicine to the dead.  
 -  Thomas Paine
  

  Laughter is always the best medicine... unless you have diarrhea.  
 -  Unknown
  

  Forgiveness is the medicine that heals a broken heart.  
 -  Unknown
  

  Sometimes loneliness is a great medicine to our wounds in the mind.  
 -  Unknown
  

  Laughter is the best medicine. But if you're laughing without any reason, you need medicine.  
 -  Unknown
  

  Love is a good medicine but sometimes, it has a side effect that is what you call pain.  
 -  Unknown
  

  The art of medicine consists in amusing the patient while nature effects the cure.  
 -  Voltaire
  

  Medicine as a science of disease has increased disease; religion as a science of sin has promoted sin, and economics as a study of poverty will fill the world with wretchedness and want.  
 -  Wallace D. Wattles
  

  The only medicine for suffering, crime, and all other woes of mankind, is wisdom. Teach a man to read and write, and you have put into his hands the great keys of the wisdom box. But it is quite another thing to open the box.  
 -  Thomas Henry Huxley
  

  My goal was to develop into an independent research scientist studying clinical problems at the laboratory bench, but I felt that postgraduate residency training in internal medicine was necessary.  
 -  Peter Agre
  

  My music isn't just music, it's medicine.  
 -  Kanye West
  

  Wherever the art of medicine is loved, there is also a love of humanity.  
 -  Hippocrates
  

  To those who have chosen the profession of medicine, a knowledge of chemistry, and of some branches of natural history, and, indeed, of several other departments of science, affords useful assistance.  
 -  Charles Babbage
  

  I began the study of medicine, impelled by a desire for knowledge of facts and of man. The resolution to do disciplined work tied me to both laboratory and clinic for a long time to come.  
 -  Karl Jaspers
  

  Sometimes novels are considered 'important' in the way medicine is - they taste terrible and are difficult to get down your throat, but are good for you.  
 -  Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  

  Medicine knows no limits, expecially not its own.  
 -  Gerhard Kocher
  

  The best novels are those that are important without being like medicine; they have something to say, are expansive and intelligent but never forget to be entertaining and to have character and emotion at their centre.  
 -  Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  

  Just like your body and lifestyle can be healthy or unhealthy, the same is true with your beliefs. Your beliefs can be your medicine or your poison.  
 -  Steve Maraboli
  

  To array a man's will against his sickness is the supreme art of medicine.  
 -  Henry Ward Beecher
  

  If we want to kill Obamacare and we want to end socialized medicine, it must be done in the next election!  
 -  Michele Bachmann
  

  I'm thankful for the incredible advances in medicine that have taken place during my lifetime. I almost certainly wouldn't still be here if it weren't for them.  
 -  Billy Graham
  

  Medicines are only fit for old people.  
 -  Napoleon Bonaparte
  

  Medicine was certainly intended to be a career. I wanted to become a psychiatrist, an adolescent ambition which, of course, is fulfilled by many psychiatrists.  
 -  J. G. Ballard
  

  There is no medicine like hope, no incentive so great, and no tonic so powerful as expectation of something better tomorrow.  
 -  Orison Swett Marden
  

  God isn't compatible with machinery and scientific medicine and universal happiness. You must make your choice. Our civilization has chosen machinery and medicine and happiness.  
 -  Aldous Huxley
  

  I find it greatly disturbing that the Bush administration has used political and religious ideologies to influence national policy on science and medicine.  
 -  Tammy Baldwin
  

  If we practiced medicine like we practice education, we'd look for the liver on the right side and left side in alternate years.  
 -  Alfred Kazin
  

  Most people are squeamish about saying how much they earn, but in medicine the situation seems especially fraught. Doctors aren't supposed to be in it for the money, and the more concerned a doctor seems to be about making money the more suspicious people become about the care being provided.  
 -  Atul Gawande
  

  The best of all medicines is resting and fasting.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

  To open the majority of peoples' minds to something new is difficult. I always think that, as long as it's funny underneath, then you can argue that a teaspoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down.  
 -  Sunil Gangopadhyay
  

  I think we are faced in medicine with the reality that we have to be willing to talk about our failures and think hard about them, even despite the malpractice system. I mean, there are things that we can do to make that system better.  
 -  Atul Gawande
  

  Expertise is the mantra of modern medicine.  
 -  Atul Gawande
  

  I think the extreme complexity of medicine has become more than an individual clinician can handle. But not more than teams of clinicians can handle.  
 -  Atul Gawande
  

  Our great struggle in medicine these days is not just with ignorance and uncertainty. It's also with complexity: how much you have to make sure you have in your head and think about. There are a thousand ways things can go wrong.  
 -  Atul Gawande
  

  I critique market-based medicine not because I haven't seen its heights but because I've seen its depths.  
 -  Paul Farmer
  

  But if you're asking my opinion, I would argue that a social justice approach should be central to medicine and utilized to be central to public health. This could be very simple: the well should take care of the sick.  
 -  Paul Farmer
  

  The poorest parts of the world are by and large the places in which one can best view the worst of medicine and not because doctors in these countries have different ideas about what constitutes modern medicine. It's the system and its limitations that are to blame.  
 -  Paul Farmer
  

  'The doctor of the future will give no medicine, but will interest his patients in the care of the human frame, in diet, and in the cause and prevention of disease.'  
 -  Thomas A. Edison
  

  Kindness and a generous spirit go a long way. And a sense of humor. It's like medicine - very healing.  
 -  Max Irons
  

  The only medicine for suffering, crime, and all other woes of mankind, is wisdom. Teach a man to read and write, and you have put into his hands the great keys of the wisdom box. But it is quite another thing to open the box.  
 -  Thomas Henry Huxley
  

  Medicine may be the lens through which I see the world, but since I think of medicine as 'life +', a place where life is exaggerated and seen at its most vital and poignant, I'll be writing about life more than I will be writing about medicine.  
 -  Jacques Verges
  

  I write by stealing time. The hours in the day have never felt as if they belonged to me. The greatest number has belonged to my day job as a physician and professor of medicine - eight to 12 hours, and even more in the early days.  
 -  Jacques Verges
  

  I started the nuclear medicine laboratory at UW Hospitals in 1959 and trained radiology residents in the field. It was 1965 before they found a trained MD (doctor) to take over my role.  
 -  James Cameron
  

  If someone is interested in medicine and also in physics and they like working with people and communicate well with others, I would strongly encourage them.  
 -  James Cameron
  

  Lipitor is one of the most researched medicines. I'm glad I take Lipitor, as a doctor, and a dad.  
 -  Robert Jarvik
  

  I do not practice clinical medicine and hence do not treat individual patients. My career is in medical science.  
 -  Robert Jarvik
  

  A medicine cat has no time for doubt. Put your energy into today and stop worrying about the past.  
 -  Erin Hunter
  

  Always laugh when you can. It is cheap medicine.  
 -  Lord Byron
  

  Medicine also disregards national boundaries.  
 -  Irving Langmuir
  

  Professionalism in medicine has given us medial miracles for the affluent but hospitals that will charge $35 for aspirin.  
 -  Bill James
  

  My job is to stay alive until the medicine and research catch up.  
 -  Elizabeth Edwards
  

  I don't expect to get yesterday's medicine. If I can help it, I'd like to get tomorrow's medicine.  
 -  Elizabeth Edwards
  

  Medicine is my lawful wife and literature my mistress; when I get tired of one, I spend the night with the other.  
 -  Anton Chekhov
  

  By medicine life may be prolonged, yet death will seize the doctor too.  
 -  William Shakespeare
  

  Medicine heals doubts as well as diseases.  
 -  Karl Marx
  

  I see poetry as spiritual medicine.  
 -  Mahmoud Darwish
  

  The first duties of the physician is to educate the masses not to take medicine.  
 -  William Osler
  

  There is no medicine like hope, no incentive so great, and no tonic so powerful as expectation of something tomorrow.  
 -  Marilyn Manson
  

  Economic medicine that was previously meted out by the cupful has recently been dispensed by the barrel. These once unthinkable dosages will almost certainly bring on unwelcome after-effects. Their precise nature is anyone's guess, though one likely consequence is an onslaught of inflation.  
 -  Warren Buffett
  

  He who studies medicine without books sails an uncharted sea, but he who studies medicine without patients does not go to sea at all.  
 -  William Osler
  

  One of the first duties of the physician is to educate the masses not to take medicine.  
 -  William Osler
  

  The desire to take medicine is perhaps the greatest feature which distinguishes man from animals.  
 -  William Osler
  

  There are, in truth, no specialties in medicine, since to know fully many of the most important diseases a man must be familiar with their manifestations in many organs.  
 -  William Osler
  

  I don't ever believe in violence as a kind of medicine.  
 -  Lord Nelson
  

  I had the privilege of practicing medicine in the early '60s, before we had any government. It worked rather well, and there was nobody on the street suffering with no medical care.  
 -  Ron Paul
  

  Medicine is my lawful wife and literature my mistress; when I get tired of one, I spend the night with the other.  
 -  Anton Chekhov
  

  Many have said of Alchemy, that it is for the making of gold and silver. For me such is not the aim, but to consider only what virtue and power may lie in medicines.  
 -  Paracelsus
  

  This is alchemy, and this is the office of Vulcan; he is the apothecary and chemist of the medicine.  
 -  Paracelsus
  

  Medicine is not only a science; it is also an art. It does not consist of compounding pills and plasters; it deals with the very processes of life, which must be understood before they may be guided.  
 -  Paracelsus
  

  Medicine rests upon four pillars - philosophy, astronomy, alchemy, and ethics.  
 -  Paracelsus
  

  The best medicine I know for rheumatism is to thank the Lord that it ain't gout.  
 -  Josh Billings
  

  Medicine to produce health must examine disease; and music, to create harmony must investigate discord.  
 -  Sylvia Plath
  

  An anthill increases by accumulation. Medicine is consumed by distribution. That which is feared lessens by association. This is the thing to understand.  
 -  James Otis
  

  Medicine sometimes snatches away health, sometimes gives it.  
 -  James Otis
  

  Practicing medicine is not only my vocation, it gives me an opportunity to continue to be in direct contact with people, to see them and hear their needs.  
 -  Tabare Vazquez
  

  To me, politics is an extension of what I do in medicine.  
 -  Tabare Vazquez
  

  Al-Waleed bin TalalThe track record of economists in predicting events is monstrously bad. It is beyond simplification; it is like medieval medicine.  
 -  Al-Waleed bin Talal
  

  This new form of activity medicine I could not represent to myself as talking about the religion of love, but only as an actual putting it into practice.  
 -  Albert Schweitzer
  

  Stem cell research can revolutionize medicine, more than anything since antibiotics.  
 -  Ron Reagan
  

  He's the best physician that knows the worthlessness of the most medicines.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

  The art of medicine consists in amusing the patient while nature cures the disease.  
 -  Voltaire
  

  Walking is man's best medicine.  
 -  Hippocrates
  

  I think legislation needs to put an end to doctors profiting on businesses to which they can funnel patients - that is business, not medicine. If you try to call it medicine, then it is corruption. Without legislation, it will keep happening.  
 -  Jacques Verges
  

  In writing, as in medicine, there are no short cuts. You need stamina.  
 -  Jacques Verges
  

  I think we learn from medicine everywhere that it is, at its heart, a human endeavor, requiring good science but also a limitless curiosity and interest in your fellow human being, and that the physician-patient relationship is key; all else follows from it.  
 -  Jacques Verges
  

  We have the sense that medical students come to medicine with a great capacity to understand the suffering of patients. And then by the end of the third year they completely lose that ability, partly because we teach them the specialized language of medicine.  
 -  Jacques Verges
  

  My desire to be a physician had a lot to do with that sense of medicine as a ministry of healing, not just a science. And not even just a science and an art, but also a calling, also a ministry.  
 -  Jacques Verges
  

  When I use the word 'healing,' by that I mean that every disease has a physical element that we're very good at handling, but there's always a sense of the violation. 'Why me?' 'Why is my leg broken on the ski trip and not anyone else's?' And I think that medicine has done a terrible job of addressing that spiritual violation.  
 -  Jacques Verges
  

  Medicine, you see, is my first love; whether I write fiction or nonfiction, and even when it has nothing to do with medicine, it's still about medicine. After all, what is medicine but life plus? So I write about life.  
 -  Jacques Verges
  

  A dose of adversity is often as needful as a dose of medicine.  
 -  Proverb
  

  There is no medicine to cure hatred.  
 -  African proverb
  

  Expensive medicines are always good: if not for the patient, at least for the druggist.  
 -  Russian proverb
  

  Medicine can only cure curable disease, and then not always.  
 -  Chinese proverb
  

  Laughter is the best medicine.  
 -  Proverb