Posted by: A. C. Cockerill | November 4, 2016

Favorite Quotes – 2016 – Post #14

Favorite Quotes – 2016 – Post #14

“Feed a cold and starve a fever.”

– Geoffrey Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales or John Withals 1574 dictionary?

My two cents, but please share yours:

The source for this proverb is unclear. The original, if it can be found, may have been to “stave a fever,” and not “starve a fever.” Either way, it didn’t help much with the cold that’s had me sniffing and coughing all week.



  1. This is a fun article on this subject:

    Hope you feel better!

    • Thank you so much, Beth. I’ll check out that article. Cheers, Ashley

    • Very interesting article, Beth. Thank you and cheers, Ashley

  2. Feel better soon, Ashley!

    • Thank you so much, Gerri. I’m getting there, slowly but surely. 🙂 Cheers, Ashley

  3. Interesting origin to the quote. Hope you feel better.

    • Thank you so much, D. Wallace. I’m getting there–in the coughing-my-head-off stage now. Cheers, Ashley

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