Quotes About Health

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Enjoy this collection of quotes about health ranging time honored proverbs to quotes by famous people. There are even motivational quotes for people starting an exercise or diet program.

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About Health


Health is a state of complete harmony of the body, mind and spirit. When one is free from physical disabilities and mental distractions, the gates of the soul open.
~ B.K.S. Iyengar

Health is a relationship between you and your body.
~ Terri Guillemets

Health consists with temperance alone.
~ Alexander Pope

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Aging

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

Age does not depend upon years, but upon temperament and health. Some men are born old, and some never grow so.
~ Tryon Edwards

After you're older, two things are possibly more important than any others: health and money.
~ Helen Gurley Brown

People in their 70s can still have incredible lives. Health is the most important thing.
~ Calvin Klein

Older people shouldn't eat health food, they need all the preservatives they can get.
~ Robert Orben

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Beautiful

Our bodies are our gardens – our wills are our gardeners.
~ William Shakespeare

Health is the greatest gift, contentment the greatest wealth, faithfulness the best relationship.
~ Buddha

Health is the greatest possession. Contentment is the greatest treasure. Confidence is the greatest friend. Non-being is the greatest joy.
~ Lao Tzu

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

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Causes of Disease

When it comes to eating right and exercising, there is no "I'll start tomorrow." Tomorrow is disease.
~ Terri Guillemets

Today, more than 95% of all chronic disease is caused by food choice, toxic food ingredients, nutritional deficiencies and lack of physical exercise.
~ Mike Adams

In minds crammed with thoughts, organs clogged with toxins, and bodies stiffened with neglect, there is just no space for anything else.
~ Alison Rose Levy, "An Ancient Cure for Modern Life," Yoga Journal, Jan/Feb 2002

Sickness is the vengeance of nature for the violation of her laws.
~Charles Simmons

Stretching oneself too thin is the disease of modern life - letting oneself get too thick, the other.
~ Terri Guillemets

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Disease

Diseases crucify the soul of man, attenuate our bodies, dry them, wither them, rivel them up like old apples, make them as so many Anatomies.
~ Robert Burton, The Anatomy of Melancholy

Disease is somatic; the suffering from it, psychic.
~ Martin H. Fischer

When a man is ill his very goodness is sickly.
~ Friedrich Nietzsche

There is something in sickness that breaks down the pride of manhood.
~ Charles Dickens

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Doctors

The best doctor gives the least medicines.
~ Benjamin Franklin

The doctor of the future will no longer treat the human frame with drugs, but rather will cure and prevent disease with nutrition.
~ Thomas Edison

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

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Emotions and Health

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

Health and cheerfulness naturally beget each other.
~ Joseph Addison

Know, then, whatever cheerful and serene
Supports the mind supports the body too.
~ John Armstrong

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Empowered Health

The... patient should be made to understand that he or she must take charge of his own life. Don't take your body to the doctor as if he were a repair shop.
~ Quentin Regestein

The awareness that health is dependent upon habits that we control makes us the first generation in history that to a large extent determines its own destiny.
~ Jimmy Carter

The real cure for what ails our health care system today is less government and more freedom.
~ Steve Forbes

You are as important to your health as it is to you.
~ Terri Guillemets

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Food and Health

If you can’t pronounce it, don’t eat it.
~ Common sense

True healthcare reform starts in your kitchen, not in Washington.
~ Anonymous

Don’t eat anything your great-great grandmother wouldn’t recognize as food. There are a great many food-like items in the supermarket your ancestors wouldn’t recognize as food.. stay away from these.
~ Michael Pollan

I learned very early that our health is always impaired by some excess either of food or abstinence, and I never had any physician except myself.
~ Giacomo Casanova

I always made my food congenial to my constitution, and my health was always excellent.
~ Giacomo Casanova

I'm nutty for nutrition. I've become one of those people who can't stop talking about the connection between food and health. Now that I know how much changing what you eat can transform your life, I can't stop proselytizing.
~ Robin Quivers

High-quality food is better for your health.
~ Michael Pollan

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Funny

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

Now there are more overweight people in America than average-weight people. So overweight people are now average. Which means you’ve met your New Year’s resolution.
~ Jay Leno

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

If you are young and you drink a great deal it will spoil your health, slow your mind, make you fat - in other words, turn you into an adult.
~ P. J. O'Rourke

I did not become a vegetarian for my health, I did it for the health of the chickens.
~ Isaac Bashevis Singer

Health food may be good for the conscience but Oreos taste a hell of a lot better.
~ Robert Redford

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

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

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

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

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Good Advice

By cleansing your body on a regular basis and eliminating as many toxins as possible from your environment, your body can begin to heal itself, prevent disease, and become stronger and more resilient than you ever dreamed possible!
~ Dr. Edward Group III

Early to bed and early to rise, makes a man healthy wealthy and wise.
~ Benjamin Franklin

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

My own prescription for health is less paperwork and more running barefoot through the grass.
~ Terri Guillemets

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

Investing in health will produce enormous benefits.
~ Gro Harlem Brundtland

Joy and Temperance and Repose
Slam the door on the doctor's nose.
~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

I think you might dispense with half your doctors if you would only consult Dr. Sun more.
~ Henry Ward Beecher

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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

Gold that buys health can never be ill spent.
~ Thomas Dekker, Westward Ho, 1604

The most important thing in illness is never to lose heart.
~ Nikolai Lenin

The scientific truth may be put quite briefly; eat moderately, having an ordinary mixed diet, and don't worry.
~ Robert Hutchison, 1932

To avoid sickness eat less; to prolong life worry less.
~ Chu Hui Weng

After these two, Dr. Diet and Dr. Quiet, Dr. Merriman is requisite to preserve health.
~ James Howell

Follow your dreams, work hard, practice and persevere. Make sure you eat a variety of foods, get plenty of exercise and maintain a healthy lifestyle.
~ Sasha Cohen

Live in rooms full of light
Avoid heavy food
Be moderate in the drinking of wine
Take massage, baths, exercise, and gymnastics
Fight insomnia with gentle rocking or the sound of running water
Change surroundings and take long journeys
Strictly avoid frightening ideas
Indulge in cheerful conversation and amusements
Listen to music.
~ A. Cornelius Celsus

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Importance of Health

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

 Without health life is not life; it is only a state of langour and suffering - an image of death.
~ Buddha

Give a man health and a course to steer, and he'll never stop to trouble about whether he's happy or not.
~ George Bernard Shaw

Health is the soul that animates all the enjoyments of life, which fade and are tasteless without it.
~ Lucius Annaeus Seneca

A woman's health is her capital.
~ Harriet Beecher Stowe

If you have health, you probably will be happy, and if you have health and happiness, you have all the wealth you need, even if it is not all you want.
~ Elbert Hubbard

Happiness lies, first of all, in health.
~ George William Curtis, Lotus-Eating

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Insightful

A healthy body is the guest-chamber of the soul; a sick, its prison.
~ Francis Bacon

The "I" in illness is isolation, and the crucial letters in wellness are "we".
~ Unknown, as quoted in Mimi Guarneri, The Heart Speaks: A Cardiologist Reveals the Secret Language of Healing

Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.
~ World Health Organization, 1948

Garbage in garbage out.
~ George Fuechsel

The best and most efficient pharmacy is within your own system.
~ Robert C. Peale

The part can never be well unless the whole is well.
~ Plato

To enjoy good health, to bring true happiness to one's family, to bring peace to all, one must first discipline and control one's own mind. If a man can control his mind he can find the way to Enlightenment, and all wisdom and virtue will naturally come to him.
~ Buddha

What is called genius is the abundance of life and health.
~ Henry David Thoreau

Health is not valued till sickness comes.
~ Thomas Fuller

The wish for healing has always been half of health.
~ Lucius Annaeus Seneca

A sad soul can kill you quicker than a germ.
~ John Steinbeck

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Jaded

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People who shop in health food stores never look healthy.
~ Amy Sedaris

Sometimes I get the feeling the aspirin companies are sponsoring my headaches.
~ Terri Guillemets

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

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 rather not.
~ Mark Twain

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

If you resolve to give up smoking, drinking and loving, you don't actually live longer; it just seems longer.
~ Clement Freud, The Observer, 27 December 1964

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Make Your Health a Priority

To keep the body in good health is a duty, for otherwise we shall not be able to trim the lamp of wisdom, and keep our mind strong and clear.
~ Buddha

Women in particular need to keep an eye on their physical and mental health, because if we're scurrying to and from appointments and errands, we don't have a lot of time to take care of ourselves. We need to do a better job of putting ourselves higher on our own 'to do' list.
~ Michelle Obama

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Medicine

Medicine sometimes snatches away health, sometimes gives it.
~ Ovid

Mainstream medicine would be way different if they focused on prevention even half as much as they focused on intervention…
~ Anonymous

Modern medicine is a negation of health. It isn't organized to serve human health, but only itself, as an institution. It makes more people sick than it heals.
~ Ivan Illich

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Mind Body Spirit

Health is a large word. It embraces not the body only, but the mind and spirit as well;... and not today's pain or pleasure alone, but the whole being and outlook of a man.
~ James H. West

Diseases of the soul are more dangerous and more numerous than those of the body.
~ Cicero

In a disordered mind, as in a disordered body, soundness of health is impossible.
~ Marcus Tullius Cicero

Faith and prayer are the vitamins of the soul; man cannot live in health without them.
~ Mahalia Jackson

The mind has great influence over the body, and maladies often have their origin there.
~ Moliere

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, The Scarlet Letter

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Motivation for Dieters

Nothing tastes as good as being thin feels.
~ Unknown

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Saying yes to the skinny jeans by saying no to the donuts.
~ Betsy Cañas Garmon, www.wildthymecreative.com

Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.
~ Hippocrates

If hunger is not the problem, then eating is not the solution.
~ Unknown

Nothing tastes as good as being thin feels.
~ Unknown

If you wish to grow thinner, diminish your dinner.
~ Henry Sambrooke Leigh

The one way to get thin is to re-establish a purpose in life.
~ Cyril Connolly

I believe in giving rewards and positive reinforcement for a job well done, but can we raise ourselves a little higher than the dogs and give rewards that have longer-term benefits? How can a poor food choice be a true reward anyway?
~ Jill Johnson

Your stomach shouldn't be a waist basket.
~ Unknown

More die in the United States of too much food than of too little.
~ John Kenneth Galbraith, The Affluent Society

One should eat to live, not live to eat.
~ Cicero, Rhetoricorum LV

When friends tell you how awesome you look, drop the "I still have more to go" crap. You worked hard and you deserve the compliment!
~ Jillian Michaels

Albert Einstein, who discovered that a tiny amount of mass is equal to a huge amount of energy, which explains why, as Einstein himself so eloquently put it in a famous 1939 speech to the Physics Department at Princeton, 'You have to exercise for a week to work off the thigh fat from a single Snickers.'
~ Dave Barry, Dave Barry Turns 50

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Rich, fatty foods are like destiny: they too, shape our ends.
~ Unknown

Stressed spelled backwards is desserts. Coincidence? I think not!
~ Unknown

Gluttony is an emotional escape, a sign something is eating us.
~ Peter De Vries

Blessed are those who hunger and thirst, for they are sticking to their diets.
~ Unknown

Bigger snacks mean bigger slacks.
~ Unknown

Living a healthy lifestyle will only deprive you of poor health, lethargy, and fat.
~ Jill Johnson

The commonest form of malnutrition in the western world is obesity.
~ Mervyn Deitel

Your body is a temple, not a drive-through.
~ Unknown

We never repent of having eaten too little.
~ Thomas Jefferson

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Motivation for Exercise

Physical fitness is not only one of the most important keys to a healthy body, it is the basis of dynamic and creative intellectual activity.
~ John F. Kennedy

Exercise is also a powerful way to switch on endorphins or 'happy chemicals' that are naturally produced in our bodies. Even a brisk walk does the job, so simple decisions such as taking the stairs instead of the elevator can instantly change our mood and perspective.
~ Alicia Power

You have to stay in shape. My grandmother, she started walking five miles a day when she was 60. She's 97 today and we don't know where the hell she is.
~ Ellen Degeneres

Follow your dreams, work hard, practice and persevere. Make sure you eat a variety of foods, get plenty of exercise and maintain a healthy lifestyle.
~ Sasha Cohen

Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will.
~ Mahatma Gandhi

Living a healthy lifestyle will only deprive you of poor health, lethargy, and fat.
~ Jill Johnson

Commit to be fit.
~ Unknown

Exercise should be regarded as tribute to the heart.
~ Gene Tunney

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Those who think they have not time for bodily exercise will sooner or later have to find time for illness.
~ Edward Stanley

Lack of activity destroys the good condition of every human being, while movement and methodical physical exercise save it and preserve it.
~ Plato

Physical fitness can neither be achieved by wishful thinking nor outright purchase.
~ Joseph Pilates

There are really only two requirements when it comes to exercise. One is that you do it. The other is that you continue to do it.
~ The New Glucose Revolution for Diabetes by Jennie Brand-Miller, Kaye Foster-Powell, Stephen Colagiuri, Alan W. Barclay

Movement is a medicine for creating change in a person's physical, emotional, and mental states.
~ Carol Welch

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

It is exercise alone that supports the spirits, and keeps the mind in vigor.
~ Marcus Tullius Cicero

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Profound

Your body is a temple, but only if you treat it as one.
~ Astrid Alauda

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The greatest of follies is to sacrifice health for any other kind of happiness.
~ Arthur Schopenhauer

Our illness is often our healing.
~ Mooji

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

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

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Proverbs

An apple a day keeps the doctor away.
~ Proverb

From the bitterness of disease man learns the sweetness of health.
~ Catalan Proverb

The more you eat, the less flavor; the less you eat, the more flavor.
~ Chinese Proverb

A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.
~ Bible - Proverbs 17:22 (NIV)

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

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

Sickness comes on horseback but departs on foot.
~ Dutch Proverb, sometimes attributed to William C. Hazlitt

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

Fresh air impoverishes the doctor.
~ Danish Proverb

The appearance of a disease is swift as an arrow; its disappearance slow, like a thread.
~ Chinese Proverb

An imaginary ailment is worse than a disease.
~ Yiddish Proverb

When the head aches, all the body is the worse.
~ English Proverb

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

Don't dig your grave with your own knife and fork.
~ English Proverb

To lengthen your life, shorten your meals.
~ Proverb

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Value of Health

The greatest wealth is Health.
~ Virgil

Health is like money, we never have a true idea of its value until we lose it. ~Josh Billings

Time and health are two precious assets that we don’t recognize and appreciate until they have been depleted.
~ Denis Waitley

It is health that is real wealth and not pieces of gold and silver.
~ Mahatma Gandhi

Leave all the afternoon for exercise and recreation, which are as necessary as reading. I will rather say more necessary because health is worth more than learning.
~ Thomas Jefferson

The first wealth is health.
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

In health there is freedom. Health is the first of all liberties.
~ Henri Frederic Amiel

Good health and good sense are two of life's greatest blessings.
~ Publilius Syrus

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Worrying About Health

Quit worrying about your health. It will go away.
~ Robert Orben

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

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

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Good Advice
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