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





Health is the thing that makes you feel that now is the best time of the year.


Franklin P. Adams (1881-1960, American journalist, humorist)


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


Isaac Bickerstaffe


The concept of total wellness recognizes that our every thought, word, and behavior affects our greater health and well-being. And we, in turn, are affected not only emotionally but also physically and spiritually.


Greg Anderson (American author, "The 22 Non-Negotiable Laws of Wellness")


From labor health, from health contentment springs.


Melody Beattie (American author)


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


Richard Baker


The healthy, the strong individual, is the one who asks for help when he needs it. Whether he has an abscess on his knee or in his soul.


Rona Barrett (1936-, American actress)


As a remedy against all ills; poverty, sickness, and melancholy only one thing is absolutely necessary; a liking for work.


Charles Baudelaire (1821-1867, French poet)


It's not the work which kills people, it's the worry. It's not the revolution that destroys machinery it's the friction.


Henry Ward Beecher (1813-1887, American preacher, orator, writer)


There's lots of people who spend so much time watching their health, they haven't got time to enjoy it.


Josh Billings (1815-1885, American humorist, lecturer)


If I'd known I was gonna live this long. I'd have taken better care of myself. [At age 100]


Eubie Blake (1883-1983, American song writer, composer)


To become a thoroughly good man is the best prescription for keeping a sound mind and a sound body.


Francis Bowen (American writer)


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


Helen Gurley Brown (1922-, American businesswoman, founder of Cosmopolitan Magazine)


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


Buddha (568-488 BC, Indian born, founder of Buddhism)


Refuse to be ill. Never tell people you are ill; never own it to yourself. Illness is one of those things which a man should resist on principle at the onset.


Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton (1803-1873, British novelist, poet)


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 (1795-1881, Scottish philosopher, author)


Any idiot can face a crisis, it's the day to day living that wears you out.


Anton Chekhov (1860-1904, Russian playwright, short story writer)


Never hurry. Take plenty of exercise. Always be cheerful. Take all the sleep you need. You may expect to be well.


James Freeman Clarke (1810-1888, American minister, theologian)


Money is the most envied, but the least enjoyed. Health is the most enjoyed, but the least envied.


Charles Caleb Colton (1780-1832, British sportsman writer)


I teach you to preserve your health, so that you will succeed better in proportion as you avoid doctors.


Leonardo Da Vinci (1452-1519, Italian inventor, architect, painter, scientist, sculptor)


The best course was to buy a house across a road from a cemetery and look at it every morning. Reminding yourself where it all ended anyway, you'd never get upset about anything again.


Mildred Davis


Tragedy had its compensations. Once the worst misfortune occurred, one never worried about the minor ones.


Mildred Davis


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 (1958-, American actress, TV personality)


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


Benjamin Disraeli (1804-1881, British statesman, Prime Minister)


You can set yourself up to be sick, or you can choose to stay well.


Wayne Dyer (1940-, American  psychotherapist, author, lecturer)

Author's website:


Health is not a condition of matter, but of mind; nor can the material senses bear reliable testimony on the subject of health.


Mary Baker Eddy (1821-1910, American founder of the Christian Science Church)


Give me health and a day, and I will make the pomp of emperors ridiculous.


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


Health is the condition of wisdom, and the sign is cheerfulness -- an open and noble temper.


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


If you don't do what's best for your body, you're the one who comes up on the short end.


Julius Erving (1950-, American basketball player)


I've never felt better.


Douglas Fairbanks (1909-2000, American film actor, writer, producer)


Some people think that doctors and nurses can put scrambled eggs back into the shell.


Dorothy Canfield Fisher (1879-1958, American writer)


Vitality shows not only in the ability to persist, but in the ability to start over.


F. Scott Fitzgerald (1896-1940, American writer)

Author's website:


Nothing is more fatal to health than an over care of it.


Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790, American scientist, publisher, diplomat)


To lengthen thy Life, lessen thy meals.


Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790, American scientist, publisher, diplomat)


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


Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948, Indian political, spiritual leader)


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 (1749-1832, German poet, dramatist, novelist)


I have never yet met a healthy person who worried very much about his health, or a really good person who worried much about his own soul.


John B. S. Haldane (1892-1964, British scientist, author)


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 (1804-1864, American novelist, short story writer)


Vitality! That's the pursuit of life, isn't it?


Katharine Hepburn (1907-2003, American actress, writer)


It is the false shame of fools to try to conceal wounds that have not healed.


Horace (BC 65-8, Italian poet)


Give me good health and I'll take care of the rest.


Marilyn Horne


Health is my expected heaven.


John Keats (1795-1821, British poet)


The groundwork of all happiness is health.


Leigh Hunt (1784-1859, British poet, essayist)


People who don't know how to keep themselves healthy ought to have the decency to get themselves buried, and not waste time about it.


Henrik Ibsen (1828-1906, Norwegian dramatist)


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


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


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 (American medical doctor)


Man needs difficulties; they are necessary for health.


Carl Jung (1875-1961, Swiss psychiatrist)


The average, healthy, well-adjusted adult gets up at seven-thirty in the morning feeling just plain terrible.


Jean Kerr (1923-, American author, playwright)


The vitamin has been reified. A chemical intangible originally defined as a unit of nutritive value, it was long ago reified into a pill. Now it is a pill; no one except a few precise scientists define it as anything else. Once the vitamin became a pill, it became "real" according to the precepts of American Cartesianism: "I swallow it, therefore it is."


Florence E. King (1936-, American author, critic)


Drinking freshly made juices and eating enough whole foods to provide adequate fiber is a sensible approach to a healthful diet.


Jay Kordich (American health expert, author, lecturer)


It is a wearisome disease to preserve health by too strict a regimen.


Francois De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680, French classical writer)


The building of a perfect body crowned by a perfect brain, is at once the greatest earthly problem and grandest hope of the race.


Dio Lewis


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


William Londen


Joy, temperance, and repose, slam the door on the doctor's nose.


Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1819-1892, American poet)


Joy, temperance, and repose, slam the door on the doctor's nose.


Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1819-1892, American poet)


My gift is that I'm not beautiful. My career was never about looks. It's about health and being in good shape.


Shirley MacLaine (1934-, American actress)


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


Robert Orben (1927-, American editor, writer, humorist)


Quit worrying about your health. It'll go away.


Robert Orben (1927-, American editor, writer, humorist)


Take rest; a field that has rested gives a bountiful crop.


Ovid (BC 43-18 AD, Roman poet)


All excess is ill, but drunkenness is of the worst sort. It spoils health, dismounts the mind, and unmans men. It reveals secrets, is quarrelsome, lascivious, impudent, dangerous and bad.


William Penn (1644-1718, British religious leader, founder of Pennsylvania)


I don't eat junk foods, and I don't think junk thoughts.


Peace Pilgrim (1908-1981, American peace activist)


Attention to health is life greatest hindrance.


Plato (BC 427?-347?, Greek philosopher)


Health consists with temperance alone.


Alexander Pope (1688-1744, British poet, critic, translator)


God cures, and the doctor gets paid.


Chilean Proverb


We are usually the best men when in the worst health.


English Proverb (Sayings of British origin)


A healthy woman is a successful woman.


French Proverb (Sayings of French origin)


No time for your health today, will result in no health for your time tomorrow.


Irish Proverb (Sayings of Irish origin)


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


Italian Proverb (Sayings of Italian origin)


The healthy die first.


Italian Proverb (Sayings of Italian origin)


The person who enjoys good health is rich, even if he doesn't know it.


Italian Proverb (Sayings of Italian origin)


One who eats plain food is healthy.


Japanese Proverb (Sayings of Japanese origin)


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


Spanish Proverb (Sayings of Spanish origin)


Health comes before making a livelihood.


Yiddish Proverb (Sayings of Yiddish origin)


Is not that a great principle for all of living? The people who will really accomplish great things in life are those who are willing to discipline their lives, who maintain their health, their vitality, their efficiency through this process of rigorous disciplining of what they take into their bodies and what they do in life. It's a very important thing in terms of championship living.


Bob Richards (1926-, American Olympic pole-vaulting champion)


The higher your energy level, the more efficient your body. The more efficient your body, the better you feel and the more you will use your talent to produce outstanding results.


Anthony Robbins (1960-, American author, speaker, peak performance expert, coach)

Author's website:


The quality of your life is dependent upon the quality of the life of your cells. If the bloodstream is filled with waste products, the resulting environment does not promote a strong, vibrant, healthy cell life -- nor a biochemistry capable of creating a balanced emotional life for an individual.


Anthony Robbins (1960-, American author, speaker, peak performance expert, coach)

Author's website:


To be or not to be isn't the question. The question is how to prolong being.


Tom Robbins (1936-, American author)


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


Jim Rohn (American businessman, author, speaker, philosopher)

Author's website:


A feeble body weakens the mind.


Jean Jacques Rousseau (1712-1778, Swiss political philosopher, educationist, essayist)


If you need medical advice, let these three things be your physicians; a cheerful mind, relaxation from business, and a moderate diet.


Schola Salern


Of all the anti-social vested interests the worst is the vested interest in ill-health.


George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950, Irish-born British dramatist)


I believe you can have whatever you really want in this life, in one form or another, sooner or later. All you have to do is take care of your health and be lucky enough to live for a while. But you can't have it all at once and you can't have it forever. No life has the room for everything in it, not on the same day.


Barbara Sher (American author of "I Could Do Anything If I Only Knew What It Was")


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


Sir Philip Sidney (1554-1586, British author, courtier)


Any important disease whose causality is murky, and for which treatment is ineffectual, tends to be awash in significance.


Susan Sontag (1933-, American essayist)


The preservation of health is a duty. Few seem conscious that there is such a thing as physical morality.


Herbert Spencer (1820-1903, British philosopher)


I am always busy, which is perhaps the chief reason why I am always well.


Elizabeth Cady Stanton (1815-1902, American social reformer and women's suffrage leader)


People who overly take care of their health are like misers. They hoard up a treasure which they never enjoy.


Laurence Sterne (1713-1768, British author)


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


Publilius Syrus (85 BC- 43BC, Roman writer)


All bodies are slow in growth but rapid in decay.


Publius Cornelius Tacitus (55-117, Roman historian)


Health is the vital principle of bliss.


James Thomson (1700-1748, Scottish poet)


Measure your health by your sympathy with morning and spring. If there is no response in you to the awakening of nature -- if the prospect of an early morning walk does not banish sleep, if the warble of the first bluebird does not thrill you -- know that the morning and spring of your life are past. Thus may you feel your pulse.


Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862, American essayist, poet, naturalist)


Just as your car runs more smoothly and requires less energy to go faster and farther when the wheels are in perfect alignment, you perform better when your thoughts, feelings, emotions, goals, and values are in balance.


Brian Tracy (1944-, Canadian-born American trainer, speaker, author, businessman)

Author's website:


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


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


The 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 (1835-1910, American humorist, writer)


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


Author Unknown


Our health always seems much more valuable after we lose it.


Author Unknown


To feel "fit as a fiddle" you must tone down your middle.


Author Unknown


The winners in life treat their body as if it were a magnificent spacecraft that gives them the finest transportation and endurance for their lives.


Denis Waitley (1933-, American author, speaker, trainer, peak performance expert)

Author's website:


Time And health are two precious assets that we don't recognize and appreciate until they have been depleted.


Denis Waitley (1933-, American author, speaker, trainer, peak performance expert)

Author's website:


The human body is the best picture of the human soul.


Ludwig Wittgenstein (1889-1951, Austrian philosopher)


Health is a blessing that money cannot buy.


Izaak Walton (1593-1683, British writer)


Look to your health; and if you have it, praise God and value it next to a good conscience; for health is the second blessing that money cannot buy; therefore value it, and be thankful for it.


Izaak Walton (1593-1683, British writer)


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


Joan Welsh


Health is a great treasure. It is the richest possession mortals can have. Wealth, honor, or learning is dearly purchased, if it be at the loss of the vigor of health. None of these attainments can secure happiness, if health is wanting.


Ellen Gould White (1827-1915, American seventh-day Adventist leader)


Doing good to others is not a duty, it is a joy, for it increases our own health and happiness.


Zoroaster (BC 628-551, Persian religious leader, founder of Zoroastrianism)


 Back to Daimon Library English Quotes Search Page


website tracking