Quotations, sayings, proverbs
to inspire imagination
and refresh perception
There are no incurable diseases - only the lack of will
There are no worthless herbs - only the lack of knowledge
Attributed to Avicenna, other sources attribute to Chinese medicinal texts
He who wants to improve finds the way
Those who does not - find the reasons
We may have found a cure for most evils;
but it has found no remedy for the worst of them allthe apathy of human beings.
Dead flies cause the ointment of the apothecary to send forth a stinking savour:
so doth a little folly him that is in reputation for wisdom and honor
Bible. Ecclesiastes. Chapter 10
"Are you thus without understanding also? Don't you perceive that whatever goes into the man from outside can't defile him, because it ... goes into his stomach, then goes out of the body, thus making all foods clean?"
Bible. Gospel According to Mark [7.18, 7.19]
...Eat it with unleavened bread and bitter herbs
Bible. Numbers. Chapter 9
If you are wise, you will mingle one thing with the other:
not hoping without doubt,
not doubting without hope
To fear the worst oft(en) cures the worse
An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure
Nothing can cure the Soul but the Senses, just as nothing can cure the Senses but the Soul
Were I called on to define, very briefly, the term Art, I should call it
The reproduction of what the Senses perceive in Nature through the veil of the Soul
Edgar Allan Poe
Like a great poet,
Nature is capable of producing the most stunning effects with the smalles means
Why do you hasten to remove anything which hurts your eye,
while if something affects your Soul you postpone the cure until next year?
"All things are artificial, for nature is the Art of God"
Sir Thomas Browne. Religio Medici
Health is worth more than learning.
Thomas Jefferson, letter to his cousin John Garland Jefferson, June 11, 1790
Life is short, the art long, opportunity fleeting, experiment treacherous, judgment difficult.
True creativity often starts where language ends
Arthur Koestler. The act of Creation
Nature uses human imagination to lift her work of creation to even higher levels
Luigi Pirandello. Six Characters in Search of an Author
The vitamin has been reified. A chemical intangible originally
defined as a unit of nutritive value, it was long ago reified into a pill.
Now it is a pill;
no one except a few precise scientists define it as anything else
Florence King. "From Captain Marvel to Captain Valium" 1989
If people let government decide what foods they eat and what medicines they take, their bodies will soon be in as sorry a state as are the souls of those who live under tyranny.
The trouble with tea is that originally it was quite a good drink.
So a group of the most eminent British scientists put their heads together,
and made complicated biological experiments to find a way of spoiling it.
To the eternal glory of British science their labour bore fruit.
George Mikes. "How To Be An Alien" 1946
Nobody can teach you how to make the perfect cup of tea.
It just happens over time. Wearing cashmere helps, of course
Jill Dupleix, "Old Food" 1998