An aphorism is nothing else but the slightest
form of writing raised to the highest level of expressive communication. Carl William Brown





I like long walks, especially when they are taken by people who annoy me.


Fred A. Allen (1894-1957, American radio comic)


I can feel the wind go by when I run. It feels good. It feels fast.


Evelyn Ashford (1957-, American track athlete)


Athletes have studied how to leap and how to survive the leap some of the time and return to the ground. They don't always do it well. But they are our philosophers of actual moments and the body and soul in them, and of our maneuvers in our emergencies and longings.


Harold Brodkey


The only reason I would take up jogging is so that I could hear heavy breathing again.


Erma Bombeck (1927-, American author, humorist)

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The only reason I would take up jogging is so that I could hear heavy breathing again.


Erma Bombeck (1927-, American author, humorist)

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Nothing lifts me out of a bad mood better than a hard workout on my treadmill. It never fails. To us, exercise is nothing short of a miracle.


Cher (1946-, American singer, actress)


I get my exercise acting as a pallbearer to my friends who exercise.


Chauncey Depew (1834-1928, American lawyer, businessman, public official)


Exercise is the yuppie version of bulimia.


Barbara Ehrenreich (1941-, American author, columnist)


Few people know how to take a walk. The qualifications are endurance, plain clothes, old shoes, an eye for nature, good humor, vast curiosity, good speech, good silence and nothing too much.


Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882, American poet, essayist)


Intellectual tasting of life will not supersede muscular activity.


Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882, American poet, essayist)


Exercise is bunk. If you are healthy you don't need it. If you are sick you shouldn't take it.


Henry Ford (1863-1947, American industrialist, founder of Ford Motor Company)


Exercise is labor without weariness.


Samuel Johnson (1709-1784, British author)


If we could give every individual the right amount of nourishment and exercise, not too little and not too much, we would have found the safest way to health.


Hippocrates (Ancient Greek physician)


Our growing softness, our increasing lack of physical fitness, is a menace to our security.


John F. Kennedy (1917-1963, American President (35th))


Whenever I feel like exercise I lie down until the feeling passes.


Robert M. Hutchins (1899-1977, American university president)


Walking is the best possible exercise. Habituate yourself to walk very fast.


Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826, American President (3rd))


The only athletic sport I ever mastered was backgammon.


Douglas William Jerrold (1803-1857, British humorist, playwright)


We are under-exercised as a nation. We look instead of play. We ride instead of walk. Our existence deprives us of the minimum of physical activity essential for healthy living.


John F. Kennedy (1917-1963, American President (35th))


I'm not into working out. My philosophy: No pain, no pain.


Carol Leifer


I don't jog.  If I die, I want to be sick.


Abe Lemons


Exercise, exercise your powers; what is difficult will finally become routine.


Georg Christoph Litchenberg


Why do strong arms fatigue themselves with frivolous dumbbells? To dig a vineyard is worthier exercise for men.


Marcus Valerius Martial (40-104, Latin poet and epigrammatist)


A pedestrian is a man in danger of his life. A walker is a man in possession of his soul.


David McCord


Modern bodybuilding is ritual, religion, sport, art, and science, awash in Western chemistry and mathematics. Defying nature, it surpasses it.


Camille Paglia (1947-, American author, critic, educator)


The physically fit can enjoy their vices.


Lord Percival


Other exercises develop single powers and muscles, but dancing embellishes, exercises, and equalizes all the muscles at once.


Jean Paul Richter (1763-1825, German novelist)


Exercise: you don't have time not to.


Author Unknown


Jogging is very beneficial. It's good for your legs and your feet. It's also very good for the ground. If makes it feel needed.


Charles M. Schulz (1922-, American cartoonist, creator of "Peanuts")


A fat stomach never breeds fine thoughts.


St. Jerome (c.342-420, Croatian Christian ascetic, scholar)


I have never taken any exercise except sleeping and resting.


Mark Twain (1835-1910, American humorist, writer)


I never stay away from workouts. I work hard. I've tried to take care of my body. I'll never look back and say that I could have done more. I've paid the price in practice, but I know I get the most out of my ability.


Carl Yastrzemski (1939-, American baseball player)


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