— Thomas Middleton English playwright and poet 1580 - 1627
The Roaring Girl (co-written with Thomas Dekker, 1611), Act i. Sc. 1. Compare: "So for a good old gentlemanly vice,/I think I must take up with avarice", Lord Byron, Don Juan, canto i. stanza 216.
„Jabir reported that the Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, said, "Beware of injustice. Injustice will be darkness on the Day of Rising. Beware of avarice. Avarice destroyed those before you and prompted them to shed each other's blood and to make lawful what Allah had made unlawful for them."“
— Muhammad Arabian religious leader and the founder of Islam 570 - 632
Riyadh-as-Saliheen by Imam Al-Nawawi, volume 4, hadith number 563
„The required techniques of effective reasoning are pretty formal, but as long as programming is done by people that don't master them, the software crisis will remain with us and will be considered an incurable disease. And you know what incurable diseases do: they invite the quacks and charlatans in, who in this case take the form of Software Engineering gurus.“
— Edsger W. Dijkstra Dutch computer scientist 1930 - 2002
Dijkstra (2000) "Answers to questions from students of Software Engineering" http://www.cs.utexas.edu/users/EWD/transcriptions/EWD13xx/EWD1305.html (EWD 1305).
„Love is an incurable disease. In love, there is permanent suffering. Those who love and those who are happy are not the same.“
— Alain de Botton, How Proust Can Change Your Life
— Octavia E. Butler American science fiction writer 1947 - 2006
— Emil M. Cioran Romanian philosopher and essayist 1911 - 1995
„I knew I would always want to go on living with myself, however hollow I became, however diseased.“
— John Fowles, The Magus
Context: I saw that I was from now on, for ever, contemptible. I had been and remained, intensely depressed, but I had also been, and always would be, intensely false; in existentialist terms, inauthentic. I knew I would never kill myself, I knew I would always want to go on living with myself, however hollow I became, however diseased.
— Friedrich Nietzsche German philosopher, poet, composer, cultural critic, and classical philologist 1844 - 1900
— Albert Einstein German-born physicist and founder of the theory of relativity 1879 - 1955
Context: It is quite possible to be both. I look upon myself as a man. Nationalism is an infantile disease. It is the measles of mankind. When asked by Viereck if he considered himself to be a German or a Jew. A version with slightly different wording is quoted in Einstein: His Life and Universe http://books.google.com/books?id=dJMpQagbz_gC&lpg=PP1&pg=PA386#v=onepage&q&f=false by Walter Isaacson (2007), p. 386
— Chris Hedges American journalist 1956