Healing (quotes)

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What is healing?

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Healing is to become sound or healthy again

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Healing can take many forms and happen on different levels

  • Healing can take many forms, from a physical cure to an emotional recovery to a step away from struggle and toward peace, wholeness, and freedom.
  • Healing ourselves on the spiritual level involves developing a strong connection with our soul. We heal ourselves on the mental level as we become aware of our core beliefs, release those that limit us, and open to more supportive ideas and greater understanding.  Emotional healing takes place as we learn to accept and experience the full range of our feelings.  And we heal ourselves on the physical level when we learn to honor and care for our bodies, and for the physical world around us.  Shakti Gawain
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The healing power inside

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The greatest doctor of all is the one who resides within us …

  • Each patient carries his own doctor inside him. They come to us now knowing this truth. We are at our best when they give the doctor who resides within each patient a chance to go to work. Albert Schweitzer
  • It’s supposed to be a professional secret, but I’ll tell you anyway. We doctors do nothing.  We only help and encourage the doctor within.  We are at best when we give the doctor who resides within each patient a chance to go to work.  Albert Schweitzer
  • Our Creator has given us five senses to help us survive threats from the external world, and a sixth sense, our healing system, to help us survive internal threats. Bernie Siegel
  • The doctor of the future will be oneself. Albert Schweitzer
  • The great secret of medicine, known to doctors but still hidden from the public, is that most things get better by themselves. Lewis Thomas
  • The miracle of self-healing occurs when the inner patient yields to the inner physician. Vernon Howard
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… for nature is a healing force …

  • Let us a little permit Nature to take her own way; she better understands her own Affairs than we. Michel de Montaigne
  • The secret of medicine is to distract the patient, while Nature heals itself. Voltaire
  • The art of healing comes from nature, not from the physician. Therefore, the physician must start from nature, with an open mind. Philipus Aureolus Paracelsus
  • Natural forces within us are the true healers of disease. Hippocrates
  • Nature performs the cure, the physician takes the fee. Benjamin Franklin
  • Your body has natural healing capacities that nobody in the field of medicine can pretend ultimately to understand. If you break a bone it will heal itself.  All the doctor does is make sure the pieces of the bone are properly set back together.  Wayne Dyer
  • Nature
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… and the body is an efficient pharmacy

  • The best and most efficient pharmacy is within your own system. Robert C. Peale
  • The marvelous pharmacy that was designed by nature and placed into our being by the universal architect produces most of the medicines we need. Norman Cousins
  • We have a pharmacy inside us that is absolutely exquisite. It makes the right medicine, for the precise time, for the right target organ—with no side effects. Deepak Chopra
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Healing is largely allowing your inner healing powers to do their work

  • The body is a self-healing organism, so it’s really about clearing things out of the way so the body can heal itself. Barbara Brennan
  • Healing takes time. Despite great advances in medicine, the biggest part of your recovery is attributable to the enormous healing power inside you.  The body heals itself according to its own timetable–anxious thoughts never hasten recuperation.  Criswell Freeman
  • Remove physiological stress from the body, and the body does what it was designed to do. It heals itself. Dr Ben Johnson
  • Healing happens! I get my mind out of the way and allow the intelligence of my body to do its healing work naturally. Louise L. Hay
  • Be just the balm you need to heal what ails you. Heather Davis
  • If you just set people in motion they’ll heal themselves. Gabrielle Roth
  • The human body has an amazing natural ability to defend, repair, heal, and even rejuvenate itself. Dr. Alejandro Junger
  • To heal from the inside out is the key. Wynonna Judd
  • The cause is within us. The cure is within us. When we know this our concept of disease is no longer that of something fixed upon the body cells which must be purged, cut or burned away. It is not something coming in from the outside which we cannot prevent. Rather it is a change from within, and we must find the reason why the body changes its perfect pattern to vibrate to discord rather than to harmony. Rebecca Beard
  • I have come to understand that some of the deepest and most effective healing is not found at a doctor’s office or a hospital, but rather from inside ourselves. Our bodies are designed for self- healing, and we are capable of both boosting and blocking that ability. Dr. Daju Suzanne
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Sometimes physical remedies encumber healing rather than aid the healing of the body

  • You don’t need treatment. The fever, inflammation, coughing constitutes the healing process. Just get out of their way and permit them to complete their work. Don’t try to ‘aid’ nature. She doesn’t need your puny aid—she only asks that you cease interfering. Herbert M. Shelton
  • Our body is a machine for living. It is organized for that, it is its nature. Let life go on in it unhindered and let it defend itself, it will do more than if you paralyze it by encumbering it with remedies.  Leo Tolstoy
  • More people die of their medicines than their diseases. Moliere
  • No disease that can be treated by diet should be treated with any other means. Maimonides
  • The remedy is worse than the disease. Francis Bacon Sr
  • Nearly all men die of their remedies, and not of their illnesses. Jean Baptiste Moliere
  • Half the modern drugs could well be thrown out the window, except that the birds might eat them. Martin H. Fischer
  • The best doctor gives the least medicines.  Benjamin Franklin
  • The longer I live the less confidence I have in drugs and the greater is my confidence in the regulation and administration of diet and regimen. John Redman Coxe
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Realise science and medicine and society don’t have all the answers

  • It is reasonable to expect the doctor to recognize that science may not have all the answers to problems of health and healing. Norman Cousins
  • Disease is the biggest money maker in our economy. John H. Tobe
  • Sometimes I get the feeling the aspirin companies are sponsoring my headaches. Terri Guillemets
  • Doctors don’t know everything really. They understand matter, not spirit. And you and I live in the spirit. William Saroyan
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Listen to your body

  • If you are feeling tired or ill, rest. Your body will always want rest and ease if it’s sick.  When you become quiet, ask your body what you need to do in order to heal yourself.  Your body may tell you to change certain habits, eat more wholesome food, express some feelings, quit your job, see a doctor, or it may have some other message for you, but there is always an answer available to you.  The key is to ask and then listen honestly for a response. Shakti Gawain
  • When you really listen to yourself, you can heal yourself. Ceanne Derohan
  • The body
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The healing power of love and acceptance

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Love heals

  • Eventually you will come to understand that love heals everything, and love is all there is. Gary Zukav
  • I am convinced that unconditional love is the most powerful known stimulant of the immune system. If I told patients to raise their blood levels of immune globulins or killer T cells, no one would know how. But if I can teach them to love themselves and others fully, the same changes happen automatically. The truth is: love heals. Bernie Siegel
  • Love is the great miracle cure. Loving ourselves works miracles in our lives. Louise L. Hay
  • Love one another and help others to rise to the higher levels, simply by pouring out love. Love is infectious and the greatest healing energy. Sai Baba
  • Love one another: you’ll be happy and healthy. It’s as simple and difficult as that. Michael Leunig
  • Love with the Heart of Heaven. Everything that you do with Love will heal you. Dr. Joseph Michael Levry
  • Loving ourselves is the miracle cure we are looking for. Louise Hay
  • One word frees us of all the weight and pain of life: That word is love. Sophocles
  • Perhaps everything terrible is in its being something that needs our love. Rainer Maria Rilke
  • The greatest healing therapy is friendship and love. Hubert H. Humphrey
  • 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
  • To heal is to touch with love that which we previously touched with fear. Stephen Levine
  • What happens when people open their hearts?… They get better. Haruki Murakami
  • Love is the inner eye that sees God everywhere. Love is the great healer. Emmet Fox
  • Love is the most important healing power there is. Louise Hay
  • Love within a family is unconditional, and this kind of environment is necessary not only for children but also for adults who need a space of healing from wounds inflicted in the marketplace. Joan Mueller
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Self-acceptance heals

  • The greatest barrier to own own healing is not the pain, sorrow or violence inflicted upon us as children. Our greatest hindrance is our ongoing capacity to judge, to criticize, and to bring tremendous harm to ourselves.  If we can harden our heart against ourselves and meet our most tender feelings with anger and condemnation, we simultaneously armor our heart against the possibility of gentleness, love and healing.  Wayne Muller
  • As a psychotherapist I see nothing does as much for an individual’s self-esteem as becoming aware of and accepting disowned parts of the self. The first steps of healing and growth are awareness and acceptance—consciousness and integration. Nathaniel Branden
  • Love yourself just as you are. Your finest work, your best moments, your joy, peace, and healing come when you love yourself. You give others permission to do the same: to love themselves.  Melody Beattie
  • Loving everything about yourself-even the parts you consider unacceptable-is an act of personal power. It is the beginning of healing.   Christiane Northrup
  • Loving ourselves is the miracle cure we are looking for. Louise Hay
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Compassion heals

  • Our sorrows and wounds are healed only when we touch them with compassion. Gautama Buddha
  • As Gandhi wisely points out, even as we serve others we are working on ourselves; every act, every word, every gesture of genuine compassion naturally nourishes our own hearts as well. It is not a question of who is healed first.  When we attend to ourselves with compassion and mercy, more healing is made available for others.  And when we serve others with an open and generous heart, great healing comes to us.  Wayne Muller
  • Expertise cures, but wounded people can best be healed by other wounded people. Only other wounded people can understand what is needed, for the healing of suffering is compassion, not expertise. Rachel Naomi Remen
  • There is a fine line between compassion and a victim mentality. Compassion though is a healing force and comes from a place of kindness towards yourself. Playing the victim is a toxic waste of time that not only repels other people, but also robs the victim of ever knowing true happiness. Bronnie Ware
  • Compassion is a healing force and comes from a place of kindness towards yourself. Bronnie Ware
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Nurturing the inner child heals

  • I had no idea that mothering my own child would be so healing to my own sadness from my childhood. Susie Bright
  • We all have that little child inside us that needs comforting, that needs loving, that needs healing, that needs praising, that needs to know they’re wonderful. Louise L. Hay
  • Nurture your inner child
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Kind words and deeds heal

  • The words of kindness are more healing to a drooping heart than balm or honey. Sarah Fielding
  • Each time I perform an act of kindness, a part of me heals. Lupi Ngcayisa
  • Gracious words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones. Proverbs 16:23-25
  • Rash words are like sword thrusts, but the tongue of the wise brings healing. Bible
  • I’m touched by the idea that when we do things that are useful and helpful – collecting these shards of spirituality – that we may be helping to bring about a healing. Leonard Nimoy
  • To ease another’s heartache is to forget one’s own. Abraham Lincoln
  • If you do a good job for others, you heal yourself at the same time, because a dose of joy is a spiritual cure.  Dietrich Bonhoeffer
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Forgiveness heals

  • The practice of forgiveness is our most important contribution to the healing of the world. Marianne Williamson
  • Letting ourselves be forgiven is one of the most difficult healings we will undertake. And one of the most fruitful.  Stephen Levine
  • Healing follows forgiveness. Pat Bluth
  • Forgiving does not erase the bitter past. A healed memory is not a deleted memory. Instead, forgiving what we cannot forget creates a new way to remember. We change the memory of our past into a hope for our future. Lewis B. Smedes
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The healing power of trust and belief

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A desire to heal heals

  • The wish for healing has ever been the half of health. Hippolytus
  • I’ve experienced several different healing methodologies over the years – counseling, self-help seminars, and I’ve read a lot –    but none of them will work unless you really want to heal. Lindsay Wagner
  • Determination is the key to making most things happen…including healing. J. Goldwag
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A belief in recovery heals

  • The greatest force in the human body is the natural drive of the body to heal itself–but that force is not independent of the belief system. Everything begins with belief.  What we believe is the most powerful option of all.  Norman Cousins
  • If a person can turn from predicting illness to anticipating recovery, the foundation for cure is laid. Bernie Siegel
  • Drugs are not always necessary. Belief in recovery always is.  Norman Cousins
  • Our limitations and success will be based, most often, on our own expectations for ourselves. What the mind dwells upon, the body acts upon. Denis Waitley
  • He who can believe himself well, will be well. Ovid
  • What the mind believes, the body manifests. Dozens of research studies have shown that what a person believes about their health leads to that belief becoming real for them. Will Bowen
  • It is the certainty that you are about to recover, that brings results, not the hope. Emile Coue
  • Since the human body tends to move in the direction of its expectations–plus or minus–it is important to know that attitudes of confidence and determination are no less a part of the treatment program than medical science and technology. Norman Cousins
  • The most important thing in illness is never to lose heart.  Nikolai Lenin
  • Belief
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Hope heals

  • Hope is medicine for a soul that’s sick and tired. Eric Swensson
  • Confidence and hope do more good than physic. Galen
  • There is no medicine like hope, no incentive so great, and no tonic so powerful as expectation of something tomorrow. Orison Swett Marden
  • Hope is the physician of each misery. Irish Proverb
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Trust heals

  • Ultimately, there can be no complete healing until we have restored our primal trust in life. Georg Feuerstein
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Visualisation heals

  • An important weapon in the battle with disease is to visualize your body filling with vitality and light. J. Goldwag
  • Picture the cells of your body illuminated with the nourishing light that powers the universe. J. Goldwag
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Gratitude heals

  • Gratitude and wonder are two of the most empowering and healing perspectives. Jonathan H. Ellerby
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The healing power of silence and mindfulness

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A quiet, peaceful mind heals

  • Of one thing I am certain, the body is not the measure of healing, peace is the measure. Phyllis McGinley
  • A quiet mind cureth all. Robert Burton
  • Peace is the healthiest state of being. J. Goldwag
  • A peaceful mind physically refreshes the body with both healing energies and a blanket of immunity. J. Goldwag
  • The soul always knows what to do to heal itself. The challenge is to silence the mind. Caroline Myss
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Letting go heals

  • Healing may not be so much about getting better, as about letting go of everything that isn’t you – all of the expectations, all of the beliefs – and becoming who you are. Rachel Naomi Remen
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Conscious awareness heals

  • If there is a single definition of healing it is to enter with mercy and awareness those pains, mental and physical, from which we have withdrawn in judgment and dismay.  Stephen Levine
  • Attention to the human body brings healing and regeneration. Through awareness of the body we remember who we really are. Jack Kornfield
  • Awareness in itself is healing. Fritz Pearls
  • Conscious awareness is the source of our healing…Only when you say the truth can the truth set you free. This is not a negative process, but at times it is a difficult process. Marianne Williamson
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Silence heals

  • Perhaps the most important thing we bring to another person is the silence in us, not the sort of silence that is filled with unspoken criticism or hard withdrawal. The sort of silence that is a place of refuge, of rest, of acceptance of someone as they are. We are all hungry for this other silence. It is hard to find. In its presence we can remember something beyond the moment, a strength on which to build a life. Silence is a place of great power and healing. Rachel Naomi Remen
  • Silence is for me a fount of healing which makes my life worth living. Talking is often a torrent for me, and I need many days of silence to recover from the futility of words.  Carl Jung
  • The principle of healing is to invoke silence– going into the silence. Mother Serena
  • Silence stands outside the world of profit and utility. It cannot be exploited for profit; you cannot get anything out of it.  It is “unproductive,”  therefore it is regarded as useless.  Yet there is more help and healing in silence than in all useful things.  Max Picard
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Yoga heals

  • For those wounded by civilization, yoga is the most healing salve. Terri Guillemets
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Mindfulness heals

  • Meditation is not meant to help us avoid problems or run away from difficulties. It is meant to allow positive healing to take place. To meditate is to learn how to stop—to stop being carried away by our regrets about the past, our anger or despair in the present, or our worries about the future. Thich Nhat Hanh
  • The more consciousness you bring into the body, the stronger the immune system becomes. It is as if every cell awakens and rejoices. It is also a potent form of self- healing.  Eckhart Tolle
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The healing power of time

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Time heals all wounds …

  • And so I wait. I wait for time to heal the pain and raise me to me feet once again – so that I can start a new path, my own path, the one that will make me whole again. Jack Canfield
  • Given enough time and distance, the heart will always heal. Laura Fitzgerald
  • Only time can heal your broken heart. Just as only time can heal his broken arms and legs. Jim Henson
  • Only time conquers time and its burdens. Dean Koontz
  • Time cleanses what it touches over time. Aeschylus
  • Time eases all things. Sophocles
  • Time heals all wounds. And if it doesn’t, you name them something other than wounds and agree to let them stay. Emma Forrest
  • Time heals griefs and quarrels, for we change and are no longer the same persons. Blaise Pascal
  • Time heals what reason cannot. Seneca
  • Time is a herb that cures all Diseases. Benjamin Franklin
  • Time is a very healing place, one in which you can grow. Denise Tanner
  • Time is the great physician. Benjamin Disraeli
  • Time may be a great healer, but it’s a lousy beautician.
  • When things don’t please you, the best medicine is to swallow a little tincture of time. Ken Alstad
  • Without Time’s swiftness, which is the swiftest of all things, all were eternal torment. William Blake
  • The days and months come as angels with healing in their wings. Under their touch aching regret passes into tender memory; into hands that were empty new joys are softly pressed; and the heart that was like the trees stripped of its leaves and beaten by winter’s tempests is clothed again with the green of spring. George S. Merriam
  • Healing is a matter of time, but it is sometimes also a matter of opportunity. Hippocrates
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… or does it?

  • Time is not a great healer. It is an indifferent and perfunctory one. Sometimes it does not heal at all. And sometimes when it seems to, no healing has been necessary. Ivy Compton- Burnett
  • Time doesn’t heal emotional pain, you need to learn how to let go. Roy T. Bennett
  • Time doesn’t heal. All that Time does is make it more distant, put more space between you and what happened. It doesn’t heal anything. I don’t know how or what does the healing, but it isn’t Time. Mercedes Lackey
  • They say time heals all wounds, but that presumes the source of the grief is finite. Cassandra Clare
  • There are memories that time does not erase… Forever does not make loss forgettable, only bearable. Cassandra Clare
  • It has been said, ‘time heals all wounds.’ I do not agree. The wounds remain. In time, the mind, protecting its sanity, covers them with scar tissue and the pain lessens. But it is never gone. Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy
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The healing power of sleep and diet

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Rest and sleep heals

  • Sometimes rest is the best way to give your body a chance to focus on what it needs for healing. When resting your body, also rest your mind. J. Goldwag
  • Rest feeds the natural healing process. Power down, especially the mind and your thoughts, and enable nature to go to work. J. Goldwag
  • Healing happens when you sleep. Mary Rabyor
  • When an illness knocks you on your ass, you should stay and relax for a while before trying to get back up. Terri Guillemets
  • Sleep is still most perfect, in spite of hygienists, when it is shared with a beloved. The warmth, the security and peace of soul, the utter comfort from the touch of the other, knits the sleep, so that it takes the body and soul completely in its healing. H. Lawrence
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A healthy diet heals

  • Diet is the essential key to all successful healing. Without a proper balanced diet, the effectiveness of herbal treatment is very limited. Michael Tierra
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The healing power of music and laughter

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Music heals

  • I think music in itself is healing. It’s an explosive expression of humanity. Billy Joel
  • For me, singing sad songs often has a way of healing a situation. It gets the hurt out in the open into the light, out of the darkness. Reba McEntire
  • Music is such a great healing balm and a great way to forget your troubles. Ricky Skaggs
  • Music is very important. It’s important as a tool for learning, it can be a tool for healing, it can be no telling what, as long as we remain free to be able to create the music. Lester Bowie
  • Music is the balm that heals the forlorn ache of a distant star. Don Williams
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Laughter heals

  • Humor is healing. Brad Garrett
  • If you’re laughing, you’re healing. Gangaji
  • A good laugh heals a lot of hurts. Madeleine L’Engle
  • Once you start laughing, you start healing. Sherry Argov
  • Laughter is a very underrated tool for healing. Bronnie Ware
  • Laughter heals, gives solace, and is life enhancing. Liz Carpenter
  • When they say laughter is healing, it absolutely is the truth. Katey Sagal
  • A good laugh and a long sleep are the best cures in the doctor’s book. Proverb
  • Wherever she was, holy laughter was present to heal and redeem. Madeleine L’Engle
  • Laughter lightens my heart and therefore heals my soul as well. Sharon E. Rainey
  • I believe in the healing power of laughter. I believe laughter forces us to breathe. Brene Brown
  • Enjoyable social interaction, community and laughter has a healing effect on the mind and body. Bryant McGill
  • Laughter is healing and helpful and fun, and I see my role as an entertainer, and I want readers to leave my books smiling. Gail Carriger
  • Your body cannot heal without play. Your mind cannot heal without laughter. Your soul cannot heal without joy. Catherine Ripperger Fenwick
  • Watch a funny movie or spend time with someone who has a good sense of humour. Laughing releases tension and has a natural ability to heal. Madison Sonnier
  • In the midst of the sense of tragedy or loss, sometimes laughter is not only healing, it’s a way of experiencing the person that you’ve lost again. Alan Alda
  • Spirituality does not have to be serious. You are spirituality. Fun laughter heals you faster than anything. Introduce fun back into your life. Anita Moorjani
  • I like to make people laugh, and I definitely think laughter is healing. It’s one of my favorite thing to do, so I’m attracted to it for many reasons. Kelly Stables
  • Laughter lifts us over high ridges and lights up dark valleys in a way that makes life so much easier. It is a priceless gem, a gift of release and healing direct from Heaven. Alan Cohen
  • The hardest thing you can do is smile when you are ill, in pain, or depressed. But this no-cost remedy is a necessary first half- step if you are to start on the road to recovery. Allen Klein
  • Laughter heals all wounds, and that’s one thing that everybody shares. No matter what you’re going through, it makes you forget about your problems. I think the world should keep laughing. Kevin Hart
  • When you awaken love and laughter in your life, your mind lets go of fear and anxiety, and your happy spirit becomes the healing balm that transforms every aspect of your human experience. Jesse Dylan
  • Laughter, song, and dance create emotional and spiritual connection; they remind us of the one thing that truly matters when we are searching for comfort, celebration, inspiration, or healing: We are not alone. Brené Brown
  • Laughter is such a healing thing, and through laughter, we find commonalities with each other. There’s a lot of separation in the world, and by creating more things to laugh at, we can create a common ground for open discussion. Sufe Bradshaw
  • Laughter is a holy thing. It is as sacred as music and silence and solemnity, maybe more sacred. Laughter is like a prayer, like a bridge over which creatures tiptoe to meet each other. Laughter is like mercy; it heals. When you can laugh at yourself, you are free. Ted Loder
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The healing power of time well spent

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Spending time in nature heals

  • Seek out the beauty in nature and absorb its glory. What your eye sees and what your ear hears can have a dramatic impact on the healing process. J.J. Goldwag
  • Find a place where nature abounds and soak up the healing energy that nature provides. J. Goldwag
  • Healing,” Papa would tell me, ”is not a science, but the intuitive art of wooing nature.   H. Auden
  • The natural environment is the great outpatient department where we can go for healing. William Bird
  • There is symbolic as well as actual beauty in the migration of the birds, the ebb and flow of the tides, the folded bud ready for the spring. There is something infinitely healing in the repeated refrains of nature—the assurance that dawn comes after night, and spring after the winter. Rachel Carson
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Spending time with children and pets heals

  • The soul is healed by being with children. Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  • Pets are often great healers. They pull us out of our thoughts into the present. Being present is a healing state. J. Goldwag
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Spending time doing what brings joy heals

  • Healing requires from us to stop struggling, but to enjoy life more and endure it less. Darina Stoyanova
  • You can learn to follow the inner self, the inner physician that tells you where to go. Healing is simply attempting to do more of those things that bring joy and fewer of those things that bring pain. O. Carl Simonton
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The healing power of connection

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Connection to others heals

  • I suppose that since most of our hurts come through relationships so will our healing, and I know that grace rarely makes sense for those looking in from the outside. Paul Young
  • Can the purpose of a relationship be to trigger our wounds? In a way, yes, because that is how healing happens; darkness must be exposed before it can be transformed.  Marianne Williamson
  • We often forget our human connectedness. Throughout my life, I have felt the greatest beauty lies in this connection. It has been in the deepest connections with others that I have experienced the greatest degree of learning, healing and transformation. This connection is a powerful thing, with the ability to transform lives, and ultimately transform human experience. Kristi Bowman
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Hugging heals

  • Hugs are the universal medicine.
  • Be a love pharmacist: dispense hugs like medicine! Terri Guillemets
  • A hug is like a bandage to a hurting wound.
  • Hugs should be available at the medical stores 24/7. Sometimes, they are the best healers for almost everything. Minhal Mehdi
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Listening

  • Listening is an attitude of the heart, a genuine desire to be with another which both attracts and heals. Isham
  • When you really listen to yourself, you can heal yourself. Ceanne Derohan
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Sex heals

  • Much healing can occur through the sexual act with a person you love and trust if the two of you can stay with each other during your most vulnerable moments. You enter into a sacred space, this unknown territory, from which you’ll emerge into new and unexpected states of being. Alexandra Katehakis
  • When your heart is open, and you are making love, there is no separation between you, your partner and God. This is healing sex.  This is connecting with the Divine.  And the important thing to develop is the sense that this sacred experience is available in all instants.  It is not limited to sex. Philip Smith
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Community heals

  • It’s when we start working together that the real healing takes place… it’s when we start spilling our sweat, and not our blood. David Hume
  • Community means strength that joins our strength to do the work that needs to be done. Arms to hold us when we falter. A circle of healing. A circle of friends. Someplace where we can be free. Starhawk
  • In our hectic, fast-paced, consumer-driven society, it’s common to feel overwhelmed, isolated and alone. Many are re-discovering the healing and empowering role that community can bring to our lives. The sense of belonging we feel when we make the time to take an active role in our communities can give us a deeper sense of meaning and purpose. Robert Alan Silverstein
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Connection to God heals

  • There is in all our strivings a profound homesickness for God. When we touch another, we touch God.  When we look at a flower, its radiance, its fragrance, its stillness is another moment’s experience of something deeper within.  When we hold a baby, when we hear extraordinary music, when we look into the eyes of a great saint, what draws us is that deep homesickness for our true nature, for the peace and healing that is our birthright.  This homesickness for God directs us toward the healing we took birth for.  Stephen Levine
  • I feel the healing hands of God touch my heart and kiss my soul. Harley King
  • Listen to God with a broken heart. He is not only the doctor who mends it, but also the father who wipes away the tears. Criss Jami
  • Healing does not mean going back to the way things were before, but rather allowing what is now to move us closer to God. Ram Dass
  • I vow to interpret every experience as a direct healing of the Goddess with my soul. Rob Brezsny
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More sources of healing

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Creativity heals

  • Creativity of all kinds focuses your mind, engages your imagination, and feeds your soul. Being creative can also facilitate understanding and encourage healing.  Creativity is mindfulness in motion–intuitive, artistic motion.  Creative moments and activities give you a boost and help you feel energized and good about yourself.  Sue Patton Thoel
  • Art opens the closets, airs out the cellars and attics. It brings healing. Julia Cameron
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Having a good cry heals

  • Tears are God’s gift to us. Our holy water.  They heal us as they flow.  Rita Schiano
  • The cure for anything is salt water – sweat, tears, or the sea. Isak Dinesen
  • Tears are the safety valve of the heart when too much pressure is laid on it. Albert Smith
  • Time engraves our faces with all the tears we have not shed. Natalie Clifford Barney
  • The sorrow which has no vent in tears may make other organs weep. Henry Maudsley
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Rain heals

  • I have always considered the rain to be healing—a blanket—the comfort of a friend. Douglas Coupland, Life After God
  • Healing rain is a real touch from God. It could be physical healing or emotional or whatever. Michael W. Smith
  • Rain has healing powers. It can wash away your worries. And cleanse your soul.
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Healing the mind, heart and soul

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Heal the mind

  • A healthy mind can work wonders on a sick body, and a healthy body can work wonders on a sick mind. J.J. Goldwag
  • Once you heal your mind, the body follows. J. Goldwag
  • Reprogram unhelpful thoughts. Your mind is a major instrument in your symphony of healing. It sets the tone for the rest of the body. J. Goldwag
  • No medicine cures what happiness cannot. Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez
  • There is no question that the things we think have a tremendous effect upon our bodies. If we can change our thinking, the body frequently heals itself. Everett Koop, M.D.
  • No matter what the illness or addiction or distorted physical expression, its cause is in the mind, and only there can it be healed. The greatest power we’re given by God is the power to change our minds. Marianne Williamson
  • The greatest mistake physicians make is that they attempt to cure the body without attempting to cure the mind; yet the mind and the body are one and should not be treated separately. Plato
  • When you treat a disease, first treat the mind. Chen Jen
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Heal the soul

  • The soul always knows what to do to heal itself. The challenge is to silence the mind. Caroline Myss
  • Heal the soul first; then healing of the mind and body will follow. Zhi Gang Sha
  • If we want to change the world, it must first come from healing the discord within our own souls. Will Bowen
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Heal the heart

  • All healing is first a healing of the heart. Carl Townsend
  • The human heart has a way of making itself large again even after it’s been broken into a million pieces. Robert James Waller
  • Oh what a wonderful soul so bright inside you. Got power to heal the sun’s broken heart, power to restore the moon’s vision too.  Aberjhani
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Heal through the power of the heart

  • In every community there is work to be done. In every nation, there are wounds to heal. In every heart there is the power to do it. Marianne Williamson
  • There’s only one thing that can heal the heart… Only one… It’s love, Gaara. Masashi Kishimoto
  • Live your life from your heart. Share from your heart. And your story will touch and heal people’s souls.  Melody Beattie
  • When our eyes see our hands doing the work of our hearts, the circle of creation is completed inside us, the doors of our souls fly open and love steps forth to heal everything in sight. Michael Bridge
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Heal through the power of the spirit

  • Healing is not a matter of technique or mechanism; it is a work of spirit. Rachel Naomi Remen, M.D.
  • Healing comes when the individual remembers his or her identity—the purpose chosen in the world of ancestral wisdom—and reconnects with that world of Spirit. Malidoma Patrice Somé
  • There is a well of infinity hidden within each Soul. There you will find an incredible energy source, beyond your broadest understanding. It is Light and Healing. The Force of Nature. The essence of Love. Royce Addington
  • Finding your highest levels of consciousness releases healing energy throughout the body system. J. Goldwag
  • Misdirected life force is the activity in disease process. Disease has no energy save what it borrows from the life of the organism. It is by adjusting the life force that healing must be brought about, and it is the sun as transformer and distributor of primal spiritual energy that must be utilized in this process, for life and the sun are so intimately connected. Kabbalah
  • We live at the threshold of a universal recognition that the human being is not mere matter, but a potent, energetic field of consciousness. Modalities of the past millennium are quickly giving way to breakthrough technologies wherein we heal ourselves at the level of all true healing, which is spirit. Michael Beckwith
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More thoughts on spiritual healing

  • Illnesses which occur because of physical causes should be treated by doctors with medical remedies; those which are due to spiritual causes disappear through spiritual means. Thus an illness caused by affliction, fear, nervous impressions, will be healed more effectively by spiritual rather than physical treatment. Hence, both kinds of treatment should be followed; they are not contradictory. Abdu’l-Bahá
  • Personal healing on all levels—physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual—comes when we get in touch with our disowned energies…. Through integrating all aspects of ourselves, we become whole. Shakti Gawain
  • Healing and positive life change comes from having the courage and spiritual conviction to look squarely at life’s impermanence. Meredith Young Sowers
  • In the process of examining our everyday lives, we can find that all our fears have been based on falsehood. The displacement of the false by the true is the essence of the healing of all things visible and invisible. David R. Hawkins
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Healing is a journey; the destination is yourself

  • Healing is the journey. The destination is yourself.  The full recognition of all the different aspects of yourself—your joy, your sorrow, your pain, your pleasure—all lead you to the source of who you are. Only by having intimate contact with this source can you experience the fullness of your life.  Only by fearlessly looking within can you embrace the landscape of your life and open yourself completely to all the love and compassion that lives inside you.  Philip Berk
  • Healing may not be so much about getting better, as about letting go of everything that isn’t you – all of the expectations, all of the beliefs – and becoming who you are. Rachel Naomi Remen
  • The work of healing is peeling away the barriers of fear that keep us unaware of our true nature of love, peace, and rich interconnection with the web of life. Healing is the rediscovery of who we are and who we have always been. Joan Borysenko
  • Illness is the result of imbalance. Imbalance is a result of forgetting who you are. Forgetting who you are creates thoughts and actions that lead to an unhealthy lifestyle and eventually to illness…. Illness can thus be understood as a lesson you have given yourself to help you remember who you are. Barbara Brennan
  • Healing comes only from that which leads the patient beyond himself and beyond his entanglements with ego…. Carl Jung
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Healing the emotions

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Acknowledging and experiencing pain can be an important part of the healing process

  • Those who do not run away from our pains but touch them with compassion bring healing and new strength. Henri J.M. Nouwen
  • The development of loving kindness can also be used internally, by cultivating loving kindness for painful experiences so that we can accept them as a part of life. Wishing our pain well can be a powerfully healing experience in which we let go of inner tensions and barriers on a deep level and come to see that our pain is a part of us, and a part of us moreover that is greatly in need of cherishing and love. Bodhipaksa
  • The first stage in healing your pain is to acknowledge the pain. Leonard Jacobson
  • We are healed of a suffering only by experiencing it to the full. Marcel Proust
  • We are motivated more by aversion to the unpleasant than by a will toward truth, freedom, or healing. We are constantly attempting to escape our life, to avoid rather than enter our pain and we wonder why it is so difficult to be fully alive. Stephen Levine
  • Fear of the pain blinds us to the goal of healing. Only by seeing our problems clearly and experiencing them can we do something about them. Bob Hoffman
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To heal emotional pain, you first need to face it and be with it

  • The emotion that can break your heart is sometimes the very one that heals it… Nicholas Sparks
  • Remember that grief is a necessary pain. It’s your only way to heal. To starve it will destroy you.   M. Boyce
  • The wound you refuse to dress is one that will never heal. You gush lifeblood and never even know why. It will make you weak at a critical moment when you need to be strong. Karen Marie
  • A lot of people say they want to get out of pain, and I’m sure that’s true, but they aren’t willing to make healing a high priority. They aren’t willing to look inside to see the source of their pain in order to deal with it. Lindsay Wagner
  • Healing takes courage, and we all have courage, even if we have to dig a little to find it. Tori Amos
  • I actually think sadness and darkness can be very beautiful and healing. Duncan Sheik
  • A person who hides the truth that he or she is sick cannot expect to be cured. Ethiopian Proverb
  • Let your tears come. Let them water your soul. Eileen Mayhew
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Often, that means touching on difficult memories

  • Simply touching a difficult memory with some slight willingness to heal begins to soften the holding and tension around it. Stephen Levine
  • It’s not forgetting that heals. It’s remembering. Amy Greene
  • …real childhood scars heal, but not when band-aids replace self-reflection.  Cameron Conaway
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Prevention is the best cure

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By far the best cure of all is preventing illness in the first place

  • To ward off disease or recover health, people as a rule find it easier to depend on healers than to attempt the more difficult task of living wisely. Rene Dubos
  • Surgeons can cut out everything except cause. Herbert M. Shelton
  • The doctor of the future will give no medicine, but will interest his patients in the care of the human frame, in diet, and in the cause and prevention of disease. Thomas Alva Edison
  • The doctor has been taught to be interested not in health but in disease. What the public is taught is that health is the cure for disease.  Ashley Montagu
  • Your lifestyle – how you live, eat, emote, and think – determines your health. To prevent disease, you may have to change how you live. Brian Carter
  • Prevention is better than cure. Dutch Proverb
  • An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Benjamin Franklin
  • Diseases can rarely be eliminated through early diagnosis or good treatment, but prevention can eliminate disease. Denis Burkitt
  • He who cures a disease may be the most skilful, but he who prevents it is the safest physician. Thomas Fuller
  • If people are constantly falling off a cliff, you could place ambulances under the cliff or build a fence on the top of the cliff. We are placing all too many ambulances under the cliff.  Denis Burkitt
  • Cutting out bad habits is far more effective than cutting out organs. Herbert M. Shelton
  • Mainstream medicine would be way different if they focused on prevention even half as much as they focused on intervention.
  • The superior doctor prevents sickness. The mediocre doctor attends to impending sickness.  The inferior doctor treats actual sickness.  Chinese Proverb
  • Cancer is much more preventable than treatable. Joel Fuhrman, M.D.
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What to heal

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Heal the ego

  • Healing comes only from that which leads the patient beyond himself and beyond his entanglements with ego. Carl Jung
  • Never underestimate the ego’s wily strategies. The more realistic position is to respect its capacities and compassionately heal it. Once the ego is docile it is much more amenable to evaporating into the sunshine. David R. Hawkins
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Heal the past

  • Healing from our past is an essential aspect of expanding our sense of self and awakening our capacity to love. David Simon`
  • There is tremendous healing power in taking responsibility for something right now in the present, but no healing value in looking back to the past to blame yourself or anyone else. Gay & Katie Hendricks
  • We cannot change past events, no matter how painful, but we can always intend how we ‘feel’ about them and heal ourselves. Robert Anthony
  • No matter what has happened in your life, you have the power to change what that event means to you and thus, change your experience, both emotionally and physically. Therein lies your power to heal. Christiane Northrup
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Heal others

  • Live your life from your heart. Share from your heart. And your story will touch and heal people’s souls. Melody Beattie
  • Healing yourself is connected with healing others. Yoko Ono
  • The only work that will ultimately bring any good to any of us is the work of contributing to the healing of the world. Marianne Williamson
  • The way you help heal the world is you start with your own family.  Mother Teresa
  • Before healing others, heal yourself. Lao Tzu
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Healing and wounds

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There is something beautiful about scars

  • There is something beautiful about all scars of whatever nature. A scar means the hurt is over, the wound is closed and healed, done with. Harry Crews
  • When I stand before thee at the day’s end, thou shalt see my scars and know that I had my wounds and also my healing. Rabindranath Tagore
  • Some people see scars, and it is wounding they remember. To me they are proof of the fact that there is healing.  Linda Hogan
  • We must see all scars as beauty. Okay? This will be our secret. Because take it from me, a scar does not form on the dying. A scar means, I survived. Chris Cleave
  • Scars have the strange power to remind us that our past is real. Cormac McCarthy
  • A scar is a healing. After injury, a scar is what makes you whole. China Miéville
  • People say time heals all wounds… I say time heals wounds but scars are left to remind you what you have been through and survived!  Adrian Rayshawn
  • Scars are tattoos with better stories.  Toyota advertisement
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Wounding and healing are part of the same thing

  • Our wounds are often the openings into the best and most beautiful part of us. David Richo
  • Wounding and healing are not opposites. They’re part of the same thing. It is our wounds that enable us to be compassionate with the wounds of others. It is our limitations that make us kind to the limitations of other people. It is our loneliness that helps us to to find other people or to even know they’re alone with an illness. I think I have served people perfectly with parts of myself I used to be ashamed of. Rachel Naomi Remen
  • The wound is the place where the Light enters you. Rumi
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Final thoughts

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Breaking and healing are part of the same thing

  • The first time you’re broken, you don’t know you’ll be healed again, better than before. Sharon Olds
  • If there’s no breaking then there’s no healing, and if there’s no healing then there’s no learning. One Tree Hill
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Everything in life is there for our healing

  • Everyone and everything that we experience in life is in service to our healing, personal growth, and evolution. Lorraine Cohen
  • Everywhere we see adversity, the soul sees opportunity for our healing, expansion and enlightenment.
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Don’t see your illness as diminishing you

  • My contention is that as long as you have other faculties–the emotional, psychological, intuitive faculties- – you haven’t lost yourself or even diminished yourself. Don’t be ashamed when you’re physically limited or dysfunctional; don’t think that you’re any less because of your condition.  In fact, I feel I am even more myself than I was before I got this illness because I have been able to transcend many of the psychological and emotional limitations I had before.  Morrie Schwartz
  • Our illness is often our healing. Mooji
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More thoughts on healing

  • Just like there’s always time for pain, there’s always time for healing. Jennifer Brown
  • Wounds are like water set to boil – they heal best left unwatched… Gabrielle Zevin
  • To recognize one’s own insanity is, of course, the arising of sanity, the beginning of healing and transcendence. Eckhart Tolle
  • There are so many ways to heal. Arrogance may have a place in technology, but not in healing. I need to get out of my own way if I am to heal. Anne Wilson Schaef
  • The cure of the part should not be attempted without the cure of the whole. Plato
  • People who want a cure, provided they can have it without pain, are like those who favour progress, provided they can have it without change. Anthony de Mello
  • Healing happens! I get my mind out of the way and allow the intelligence of my body to do its healing work naturally. Louise L. Hay
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On a lighter note

  • First the doctor told me the good news: I was going to have a disease named after me. Steve Martin
  • Life is an incurable Disease. Abraham Cowley
  • Half the modern drugs could well be thrown out the window, except that the birds might eat them. Martin H. Fischer
  • God heals and the doctor takes the fee. Benjamin Franklin
  • Only time can heal your broken heart just as only time can heal his broken arms and legs. Miss Piggy
  • Time may be a great healer but it’s also a lousy beautician.
  • I have a perfect cure for a sore throat: cut it. Alfred Hitchcock
  • Cancer cures smoking.
  • Doctor: The only man who hasn’t a guaranteed cure for a cold.
  • Doctors are men who prescribe medicines of which they know little to cure diseases of which they know less in human beings of whom they know nothing. Voltaire
  • Doctors think a lot of patients are cured who have simply quit in disgust. Don Herold
  • For all the advances in medicine, there is still no cure for the common birthday.
  • Medicine is the art of amusing the patient while nature cures the disease. Voltaire
  • The best cure for hypochondria is to forget about your body and get interested in someone else’s. Goodman Ace
  • There must be quite a few things a hot bath won’t cure but I don’t know many of them. Sylvia Plath
  • There’s nothing wrong with you that reincarnation won’t cure. Jack E. Leonard
  • What we love about love is the fever, which marriage puts to bed and cures. Mignon McLaughlin
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