What creature but a madman would not rather do good than ill, when it is plain that, good or ill, it must return upon himself?
Sick children inevitably become arrested: You are fated to live out your days as the child you were when diagnosed, the child who believes there is life after a novel ends. And we, as adults, we pity this, so we pay for your treatments, for your oxygen machines. We give you food and water though you are unlikely to live long enough…
When people are ill, they have such strange fancies! They are like children, they do not know what they want.
When a lot of different remedies are suggested for a disease, that means it can’t be cured.[Если против какой-нибудь болезни предлагается очень много средств, то это значит, что болезнь неизлечима.]
The first thing to depart in mental illness is the familiar. And what takes its place is bad news because not only can you not understand it, you also cannot communicate it to other people. The madman experiences something, but what it is or where it comes from he does not know.
Some are reputed sick and some are not. It often happens that the sicker man is the nurse to the sounder.
Sickness is normal. It’s the absence of sickness that’s dangerous, for then the organism stops fighting and it soon falls apart.
Our air up here is good for the disease — I mean good against the disease,… but it is also good for the disease.