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"Ill-health of body or of mind, is defeat. Health alone is victory. Let all men, if they can manage it, contrive to be healthy!" Thomas Carlyle


"He who enjoys good health is rich, though he knows it not." Italian Proverb


"To get rich never your risk your health. For it is the truth that health is the wealth of wealth." Richard Baker


"The ingredients of health and long life, are great temperance, open air, easy labor, and little care." Sir Philip Sidney


"To insure good health: Eat lightly, breathe deeply, live moderately, cultivate cheerfulness, and maintain an interest in life." William Londen


"A man's health can be judged by which he takes two at a time - pills or stairs." Joan Welsh


"The sovereign invigorator of the body is exercise, and of all the exercises walking is the best." Thomas Jefferson


"The human body has been designed to resist an infinite number of changes and attacks brought about by its environment. The secret of good health lies in successful adjustment to changing stresses on the body." Harry J. Johnson


"I thought: If I was lucky enough to live, I'd change, myself-I realized I could have a new life-new energy, new endurance, and feel better about myself." Larry King (After his 1987 heart attack)


"A man too busy to take care of his health is like a mechanic too busy to take care of his tools."
Spanish Proverb


"Before thirty, men seek disease; after thirty, disease seeks men."
Chinese Proverb


"He who has health, has hope; and he who has hope, has everything."
Arabian Proverb


"Thalidomide is not the first nor the last drug to have brought heartbreak where it was meant to bring help. There have been quite a number of other tragedies since Thalidomide went wrong 13 years ago."
An editorial in The Economist, London, January 6, 1973


"The superior doctor prevents sickness;
The mediocre doctor attends to impending sickness;
The inferior doctor treats actual sickness."
Chinese Proverb


"A healthy family is sacred territory."
Anonymous


"Health is merely the slowest possible rate at which one can die."
Anonymous


"If you like the post office, you are going to LOVE national health care."
Anonymous


"We squander health
In search of wealth;
We scheme and toil, and save,
Then squander wealth
In search of health;
And all we get’s the grave;


We live and boast of what we own;
We die . . . and only get a stone."
Anonymous


"To array a man's will against his sickness is the supreme art of medicine."
Henry Ward Beecher


"Health is the greatest of all possessions; a pale cobbler is better than a sick king."
Isaac Bickerstaff


"The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, not to worry about the future, or not to anticipate troubles, but to live the present moment wisely and earnestly."
Siddartha Guatama Buddha


"Men worry over the great number of diseases, while doctors worry over the scarcity of effective remedies."
Pien Ch'iao


"It is with disease of the mind, as with those of the body; we are half dead before we understand our disorder, and half cured when we do."Clergy Caleb Cotton


"The health of the people is really the foundation upon which all their happiness and all their powers as a state depend."
Benjamin Disraeli


"Where does one go from a world of insanity?
Somewhere on the other side of despair."T. S. Elliot


"Get Health. No labor, effort nor exercise that can gain it must be grudged."
Ralph Waldo Emerson


"Prevention is better than cure."
Desiderius Erasmus


"He's the best physician that knows the worthlessness of the most medicines."
Benjamin Franklin


"He who cures a disease may be the skillfullest, but he that prevents it is the safest physician."
Thomas Fuller


"Take care of your body with steadfast fidelity. The soul must see through these eyes alone, and if they are dim, the whole world is clouded."
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe


"His best companions, innocence and health; And his best riches, ignorance of wealth."
Oliver Goldsmith


"Barn-yard medicine has not given us any vaccination procedure that really protects against illness, but many that endanger the body, that even bring death."
Dr. med Guttman


"A bodily disease which we look upon as whole and entire within itself, may, after all, be but a symptom of some ailment in the spiritual part."
Nathaniel Hawthorne


"A wise man should consider that health is the greatest of human blessings, and learn how by his own thought to derive benefit from his illnesses."
Hippocrates


"As long as men are liable to die and are desirous to live, a physician will be made fun of, but he will be well paid."
John de La Bruyére


"Nine-tenths of our sickness can be prevented by right thinking plus right hygiene — nine-tenths of it! "
Henry Miller


"Variability is the law of life, and as no two faces are the same, so no two bodies are alike, and no two individuals react alike and behave alike under the abnormal conditions which we know as disease."
William Osler


"Attention to health is life greatest hindrance."
Plato


"Neurotic behavior is quite predictable. Healthy behavior is unpredictable."
Carl Ransom Rogers


"Take care of your body. It's the only place you have to live."
Jim Rohn


"Happiness? That's nothing more than good health and a poor memory."
Dr. Albert Schweitzer


"By medicine life may be prolonged, yet death will seize the doctor too."
William Shakespeare


"Some remedies are worse than the disease."
Publilius Syrus


"The only way to keep your health is to eat what you don't want, drink what you don't like and do what you'd druther not."
Mark Twain


"We are healthy only to the extent that our ideas are humane."
Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.


"People who laugh actually live longer than those who don't laugh. Few persons realize that health actually varies according to the amount of laughter."
James J. Walsh


The first wealth is health. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson, "The Conduct of Life," Power, 1860


Life expectancy would grow by leaps and bounds if green vegetables smelled as good as bacon. ~Doug Larson


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


Eat right, exercise regularly, die anyway. ~Author Unknown


Health nuts are going to feel stupid someday, lying in hospitals dying of nothing. ~Redd Foxx


The trouble with always trying to preserve the health of the body is that it is so difficult to do without destroying the health of the mind. ~G.K. Chesterton


There's lots of people in this world who spend so much time watching their health that they haven't the time to enjoy it. ~Josh Billings


As a people, we have become obsessed with Health. There is something fundamentally, radically unhealthy about all this. We do not seem to be seeking more exuberance in living as much as staving off failure, putting off dying. We have lost all confidence in the human body. ~Lewis Thomas, The Medusa and the Snail, 1979


In order to change we must be sick and tired of being sick and tired. ~Author Unknown


The best six doctors anywhere
And no one can deny it
Are sunshine, water, rest, and air
Exercise and diet.
These six will gladly you attend
If only you are willing
Your mind they'll ease
Your will they'll mend
And charge you not a shilling.
~Nursery rhyme quoted by Wayne Fields, What the River Knows, 1990


He who takes medicine and neglects to diet wastes the skill of his doctors. ~Chinese Proverb


If I'd known I was going to live so long, I'd have taken better care of myself. ~Leon Eldred


Be careful about reading health books. You may die of a misprint. ~Mark Twain


Red meat is not bad for you. Now blue-green meat, that's bad for you! ~Tommy Smothers


They claim red meat is bad for you. But I never saw a sick-looking tiger. ~Chi Chi Rodriguez


I reckon being ill as one of the great pleasures of life, provided one is not too ill and is not obliged to work till one is better. ~Samuel Butler, The Way of All Flesh, 1903


If the pain wanders, do not waste your time with doctors. ~Mignon McLaughlin, The Neurotic's Notebook, 1960


I drive way too fast to worry about cholesterol. ~Author Unknown


If I had my way I'd make health catching instead of disease. ~Robert Ingersoll


Like everybody else, when I don't know what else to do, I seem to go in for catching colds. ~George Jean Nathan


To feel keenly the poetry of a morning's roses, one has to have just escaped from the claws of this vulture which we call sickness. ~Henri Frederic Amiel


A good laugh and a long sleep are the best cures in the doctor's book. ~Irish Proverb


What some call health, if purchased by perpetual anxiety about diet, isn't much better than tedious disease. ~George Dennison Prentice, Prenticeana, 1860


Health of body and mind is a great blessing, if we can bear it. ~John Henry Cardinal Newman


An imaginary ailment is worse than a disease. ~Hanan J. Ayalti, ed., Yiddish Proverbs, 1949


It's bizarre that the produce manager is more important to my children's health than the pediatrician. ~Meryl Streep


I am pretty sure that, if you will be quite honest, you will admit that a good rousing sneeze, one that tears open your collar and throws your hair into your eyes, is really one of life's sensational pleasures. ~Robert Benchley, "Hiccoughing Makes Us Fat," No Poems: or around the world backwards and sideways, 1932


A bad cold wouldn't be so annoying if it weren't for the advice of our friends. ~Kin Hubbard


Men make use of their illnesses at least as much as they are made use of by them. ~Aldous Huxley


Healthy people are invalids who don't know it. ~Jules Romains, Dr. Knock, 1923


Everyone who is born holds dual citizenship, in the kingdom of the well and in the kingdom of the sick. Although we all prefer to use only the good passport, sooner or later each of us is obliged, at least for a spell, to identify ourselves as citizens of that other place. ~Susan Sontag, Illness as Metaphor, 1977


Half the modern drugs could well be thrown out the window except that the birds might eat them. ~Martin H. Fischer, Fischerisms


How sickness enlarges the dimension of a man's self to himself! ~Charles Lamb, Last Essays of Elia


If you wish to keep as well as possible, the less you think about your health the better. ~Oliver Wendell Holmes, Over the Teacups, 1891


He who has health, has hope; and he who has hope, has everything. ~Arabian Proverb


If you start to think about your physical or moral condition, you usually find that you are sick. ~Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Proverbs in Prose


If you do everything you should do, and do not do anything you should not do, you will, according to the best available statistics, live exactly eighteen hours longer than you would otherwise. ~Logain Clendening


It's no longer a question of staying healthy. It's a question of finding a sickness you like. ~Jackie Mason


Health is merely the slowest way someone can die. ~Author Unknown


May you live as long as you are fit to live, but no longer! or, may you rather die before you cease to be fit to live than after! ~Philip Dormer Stanhope, 1749


Those obsessed with health are not healthy; the first requisite of good health is a certain calculated carelessness about oneself. ~Sydney J. Harris


I refuse to spend my life worrying about what I eat. There is no pleasure worth forgoing just for an extra three years in the geriatric ward. ~John Mortimer


So many people spend their health gaining wealth, and then have to spend their wealth to regain their health. ~A.J. Reb Materi, Our Family


Nothing is more fatal to health than an overcare of it. ~Benjamin Franklin


The only way to keep your health is to eat what you don't want, drink what you don't like, and do what you'd druther not. ~Mark Twain



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