Men who are occupied in the restoration of health to other men, by the joint exertion of skill and humanity, are above all the great of the earth. They even partake of divinity, since to preserve and renew is almost as noble as to create.
Man’s constitution is so peculiar that his health is purely a negative matter. No sooner is the rage of hunger appeased than it becomes difficult to comprehend the meaning of starvation. It is only when you suffer that you really understand.
Man is so constituted that health is a purely negative state. Hunger once satisfied, it is difficult for a man to imagine the horrors of starvation; they cannot be understood without being felt.
It occurred to me that there was no difference between men, in intelligence or race, so profound as the difference between the sick and the well.
Grace does not exist without comfort. Delicacy is not sickliness, and it is not requisite to be unhealthy in order to please. One arouses pity when one suffers, but pleasure and desire seek the freshness of health.[La grâce ne va point sans l’aisance ; la délicatesse n’est pas la langueur, et il ne faut pas être malsaine pour plaire. On excite la pitié quand on souffre ; mais le plaisir et le désir cherchent la même fraîcheur de la santé.]