Top 30 Health Quotes
No 1 (Best quote!)
The first wealth is health.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-82),
American philosopher, pictured right.
Early to bed, and early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise.
- Benjamin Franklin
(1706-90) American politician, and inventor, pictured right.
Health is the greatest of human blessings
- Hippocrates (460-370 BC) ,the Greek founder
of modern medicine, pictured right.
To preserve permanent good health, the state of mind must be taken into consideration.
- Robert Owen (1771-1858), Welsh
businessman, pictured right.
Chillingworth in Nathaniel Hawthorne’s, pictured right, book,The Scarlet Letter (1850) agrees:
A bodily disease ... may, after all, be but a symptom of some ailment in the spiritual past
A merry heart doeth good like a medicine
- the Bible.
Two writers agree:
Health and cheerfulness naturally beget each other.
- Joseph Addison (1672-1719), the English writer and politician, pictured right.
A good heart will help you to a bonny face, my lad.
(Nelly Dean in Wuthering Heights)
- Emily Brontë (1818-48), English
writer, pictured right.
The effectiveness and creativity of the individual
must rest, in large measure, on his fitness and vitality.
- John F. Kennedy (1917-63), American president,
They are as sick that surfeit with too much as they that starve with nothing.
(Nerissa in The Merchant of
- William Shakespeare (1564-1616),
English playwright, pictured right.
Shakespeare also makes two comments on health and eating:
Dost not thou think because thou art virtuous there shall be no more cakes and ale?
(Sir Toby Belch in Twelfth
He hath eaten me out of house and home.
(Mistress Quickly in Henry
IV Part 2 talking about Falstaff)
Health is like money, we never have a true idea of its value until we lose it.
- Josh Billings (1818-85) American humorist, pictured right.
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
- Mark Twain (1835-1910), American writer, pictured right.
The wise, for cure, on exercise depend,
- John Dryden (1631–1700), English poet, pictured right.
The English politician, Edward Stanley (1826-93), pictured right agrees:
Those who think they have no time for exercise will sooner or later have to find time for illness
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.
- Gautama Buddha (c.563-483 BC), founder
of Buddhism, pictured right.
Any man who goes to a psychiatrist ought to have his head examined.
- Sam Goldwyn (1882-1974), American film studio boss, pictured right.
If you want to live a long life, focus on making contributions.
-Hans Selye (1907-82) Austrian-born Canadian
medical professor, pictured right.
Leave all the afternoon for exercise and recreation, which are necessary as reading. I will rather say more
necessary because health is worth more than learning.
- Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826), American
president, pictured right
Our body is a machine for living.
- Leo Tolstoy (1828-1910), Russian writer, pictured right.
Man is what he eats.
- Ludwig Feuerbach (1804–72), German philosopher, pictured right.
Healing is a matter of time, but it is sometimes also a matter of opportunity.
- Hippocrates (460-370 BC), Greek founder of
modern medicine, pictured right.
It is part of the cure to wish to be cured.
- Seneca (4 BC-65 AD), Greek
philosopher, pictured right.
To avoid sickness eat less; to prolong life worry less.
- Chu Hui Weng, Chinese philosopher.
If you fall out of that window and break both your legs, don't come running to me.
- Groucho Marx (1890-1977), American comedian and film and TV star, pictured right.
Gluttony is an emotional escape, a sign something is eating us.
- Peter de Vries (1910-93), American writer (pictured right).
Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being, and not merely the absence of disease or
(1948 definition of health)
- World Health Organization.
The human body is the best picture of the human soul.
- Ludwig Wittgenstein
(1889-1951), Austrian-born British philosopher, pictured right
Just because you look good don’t mean you feel good.
- Elvis Presley (1935-1977), American
pop star, pictured right.
The great secret of success is to go through life as a man who never gets used up.
- Albert Schweitzer (1875-1965), German
philosopher and doctor, pictured right.
Walking is man’s best medicine.
- Hippocrates (460-370 BC), doctor in Ancient
Greece, pictured right.
Everything worth dying for is certainly worth living for
(an old man in the 1961 novel Catch-22)
- Joseph Heller (1923-99), American writer, pictured right.
Please, sir, I want some more.
(Oliver in Oliver Twist)
- Charles Dickens (1812-70), English
writer, pictured right.
Every time I think of exercise, I have to lie right down till the feeling leaves me.
- Diz Moore (in the 1939 film, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, pictured
Compassion is good medicine.
- Daniel Goleman, pictured right , Emotional Intelligence