[Ads-l] Quote: Life is a sexually transmitted terminal disease

ADSGarson O'Toole adsgarsonotoole at GMAIL.COM
Mon Jan 30 12:10:55 EST 2017


Fred's "Yale Book of Quotations" has an pertinent entry:

[Begin excerpt]
Abraham Cowley
English poet, 1618–1667

Life is an incurable disease.
"To Dr. Scarborough" l. 111 (1656)
[End excerpt]

Garson

On Mon, Jan 30, 2017 at 11:54 AM, ADSGarson O'Toole
<adsgarsonotoole at gmail.com> wrote:
> Jonathan Lighter wrote:
>> Seems to me I heard the variant "Life is a terminal disease" in
>> the '70s or '80s.
>
> Excellent point, JL. While I was searching for "terminal disease" I
> was distracted by the variant "fatal disease" with citations in 1943
> and 1972. Now I've added a 1971 citation for "terminal disease":

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