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Quotes of the Day for 27 December 2000 – Disease

Louis Pasteur, the man who first comprehended that most diseases were caused by invisible menaces we call germs, was born on this day in 1822. The news was met by most physicians and experts of the time exactly as a six-year-old boy might refuse to wash his hands. Some quotes on Disease seemed appropriate.

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The quotes:

Disease makes men more physical; it leaves them with nothing but body.
     - Thomas Mann

The diseases which destroy a man are no less natural than the instincts which preserve him.
     - George Santayana

Let both sides seek to invoke the wonders of science instead of its terrors. Together let us explore the stars, conquer the deserts, eradicate disease, tap the ocean depths, and encourage the arts and commerce.
     - John F. Kennedy, Inaugural Address, 20 January 1961

Louis Pasteur's theory of germs is ridiculous fiction.
     - Pierre Pachet, Professor of Physiology at Toulouse

We travel because, no matter how comfortable we are at home, there's a part of us that wants - that needs - to see new vistas, take new tours, obtain new entrees, introduce new bacteria into our intestinal tracts, learn new words for "transfusion," and have all the other travel adventures that make us want to French-kiss our doormats when we finally get home.
     - Dave Barry


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