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Get Well Soon, Feel Better

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, 1870s

Sickness always brings the soul nearer to God. ~James Lendall Basford (1845–1915), Sparks from the Philosopher's Stone, 1882

A good laugh and a long sleep are the best cures in the doctor's book. ~Irish proverb

I wondher why ye can always read a doctor's bill an' ye niver can read his purscription. F'r all ye know, it may be a short note to th' druggist askin' him to hit ye on th' head with a pestle. ~Finley Peter Dunne, "Mr. Dooley on Drugs," in McPike's Bi-Monthly, 1907

Warning: Humor may be hazardous to your illness. ~Hot Wire, 1985

If I had a Wishing Well
      Do you know what I'd do?
I'd sit and wish and wish you well,
      Until my wish came true.
~Current ®, "To Cheer You," from Post-A-Note postcards, circa 1950s–1970s,

To array a man's mind and will against his sickness is the supreme art of medicine. ~Henry Ward Beecher, 1867

I learned a long time ago that minor surgery is when they do the operation on someone else, not you. ~Bill Walton

The power of love to change bodies is legendary, built into folklore, common sense, and everyday experience. Love moves the flesh, it pushes matter around... Throughout history, "tender loving care" has uniformly been recognized as a valuable element in healing. ~Larry Dossey, M.D.

The best six doctors anywhere—
      And no one can deny it—
Are Sunshine, Water, Rest and Air,
      Exercise and Diet.
These six will gladly you attend,
      If only you are willing,
      Your mind they'll cheer,
      Your ills they'll mend,
And charge you not one shilling.
~"Doctors Six," c. 1921

If you're going through hell, keep on going. ~Author unknown, modification of an anonymous quotation from around the 1940s  []

Hope is the physician of each misery. ~Irish proverb

I would make good health catching, instead of disease. ~Robert G. Ingersoll, The Gods, 1872

Friends can be good medicine. ~Charles Roppel, c. 1981

Let your strongest muscle be the will. ~James Lendall Basford (1845–1915), Seven Seventy Seven Sensations, 1897

Health and cheerfulness are brothers. ~Proverbs by William Hardcastle Browne, 1900

The most important thing in illness is never to lose heart. ~Mr. Lenin

The brain forgets much, but the lower back remembers everything. ~Robert Brault,

The trouble about always trying to preserve the health of the body is that it is so difficult to do it without destroying the health of the mind. ~G. K. Chesterton, 1929

A positive attitude may not solve all your problems, but it will annoy enough people to make it worth the effort. ~Herm Albright, as quoted in The Reader's Digest, 1995

I injured three fingers, both thumbs and both lips,
My shinbone, my backbone, my wishbone and hips!...
~Dr. Seuss, I Had Trouble in Getting to Solla Sollew, 1965

If you mean to keep as well as possible, the less you think about your health the better. ~Oliver Wendell Holmes, in The Atlantic Monthly, July 1890

Know then, whatever cheerful and serene
Supports the mind supports the body too...
~John Armstrong, M.D., The Art of Preserving Health, 1744

Every day may not be good, but there's something good in every day. ~Author unknown

If making wishes could make you well
      I'd wish and wish so hard
That you'd be up and out before
      You even get this card.
~Current ®, "To Cheer You," from Post-A-Note postcards, circa 1950s–1970s,

Pain can make you give up completely, or pain can make you start over again. It's totally up to you. ~James Jones, My 600-lb Life [S2, E7, 2014]

Your body is a beautiful manifestation powered by spirit. ~Mike Dolan, @HawaiianLife, tweet, 2009

Friend o' Mine:  I should like to send you a sunbeam, or the twinkle of some bright star, or a tiny piece of the downy fleece that clings to a cloud afar. I should like to send you the essence of a myriad sun-kissed flowers, or the lilting song, as it floats along, of a brook through fairy bowers. I should like to send you the dew-drops that glisten at the break of day, and then at night the eerie light that mantles the Milky Way. I should like to send you the power that nothing can overthrow — the power to smile and laugh the while a-journeying through life you go. But these are mere fanciful wishes; I'll send you a Godspeed instead, and I'll clasp your hand — then you'll understand all the things I have left unsaid. ~W. Dayton Wegefarth (1885–1973)

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