After age 70, it’s patch, patch, patch.
—James Maitland Stewart (1908–97) American Film Actor
Give me health and a day, and I will make the pomp of emperors ridiculous.
—Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803–82) American Philosopher
If you start to think about your physical or moral condition, you usually find that you are sick.
—Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749–1832) German Poet
When a man is ill his very goodness is sickly.
—Friedrich Nietzsche (1844–1900) German Philosopher, Scholar, Writer
An imaginary ailment is worse than a disease.
Since the human body tends to move in the direction of its expectations—plus or minus—it is important to know that attitudes of confidence and determination are no less a part of the treatment program than medical science and technology.
—Norman Cousins (1912–1990) American Political Journalist
After these two, Dr. Diet and Dr. Quiet, Dr. Merriman is requisite to preserve health.
—James Howell (c.1593–1666) Anglo-Welsh Writer, Historian
Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise.
It is exercise alone that supports the spirits, and keeps the mind in vigor.
—Cicero (106BCE–43BCE) Roman Philosopher, Orator, Politician, Lawyer
Why you are born and why you are living depend entirely on what you are getting out of this world and what you are giving to it. I cannot prove that this is a balance of mathematical perfection, but my own observation of life leads me to the conclusion that there is a very real relationship, both quantitatively and qualitatively, between what you contribute and what you get out of this world.
—Oscar Hammerstein II (1895–1960) American Songwriter, Composer, Theater Producer, Writer
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 Historian, Essayist
Think of only three things: your God, your family and the Green Bay Packers—in that order.
—Vince Lombardi (1913–70) American Football Coach
Whoso diggeth a pit shall fall therein.
—The Holy Bible Scripture in the Christian Faith
He who takes medicine and neglects to diet wastes the skill of his doctors.
Health and cheerfulness naturally beget each other.
—Joseph Addison (1672–1719) English Essayist, Poet, Playwright, Politician
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 (b.1944) American Author, Motivational Speaker
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 (1835–1910) American Humorist
To wish to be well is a part of becoming well.
—Seneca the Younger (Lucius Annaeus Seneca) (c.4 BCE–65 CE) Roman Stoic Philosopher, Statesman, Tragedian
Optimism is essential to achievement and it is also the foundation of courage and true progress.
—Nicholas Murray Butler (1862–1947) American Philosopher, Diplomat, Educator
If one asks for success and prepares for failure, he will get the situation he has prepared for.
—Florence Scovel Shinn (1871–1940) American Illustrator, Spiritual Writer
In health there is freedom. Health is the first of all liberties.
—Henri Frederic Amiel (1821–81) Swiss Moral Philosopher, Poet, Critic
Great things are not something accidental, but must certainly be willed.
—Vincent van Gogh (1853–90) Dutch Painter
Nothing is more fatal to Health, than an over Care of it.
—Benjamin Franklin (1706–90) American Political Leader, Inventor, Diplomat
There is something in sickness that breaks down the pride of manhood.
—Charles Dickens (1812–70) English Novelist
To preserve health is a moral and religious duty, for health is the basis of all social virtues. We can no longer be useful when we are not well.
—Samuel Johnson (1709–84) British Essayist
Disease is somatic; the suffering from it, psychic.
—Martin H. Fischer
God heals and the doctor takes the fee.
What after all has maintained the human race on this old globe despite all the calamities of nature and all the tragic failings of mankind, if not faith in new possibilities and courage to advocate them?
—Jane Addams (1860–1935) American Social Reformer, Feminist
Health is the soul that animates all the enjoyments of life, which fade and are tasteless without it.
—William Temple (1881–1944) British Clergyman, Theologian
Don’t worry about losing weight; you’ll find it exactly where you lost it.