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HEALTH QUOTATIONS

"It's no longer a question of staying healthy. It's a question of finding a sickness you like.
Jackie Mason (1934 - ____) US comedian


. . . every advance in social progress removes us more and more from the guidance of instinct, obliging us to depend upon reason for the assurance that our habits are really agreeable to the laws of health.
Emily Blackwell (1826 - 1910) US physician, author
Written with her sister Elizabeth; in "Medicine as a Profession for Women," 1860.


A careful physician . . ., before he attempts to administer a remedy to his patient, must investigate not only the malady of the man he wishes to cure, but also his habits when in health, and his physical constitution.
Marcus Tullius Cicero (106BC - 3BC) Roman statesman, scholar, orator


A cheerful face is nearly as good for an invalid as healthy weather.
Benjamin Franklin (1706 - 1790) US statesman, diplomat, inventor, printer


A good conscience is to the soul what health is to the body; it preserves constant ease and serenity within us; and more than countervails all the calamities and afflictions which can befall us from without.
Joseph Addison (1672 - 1719) English poet, essayist, playwright


A good manager doesn't try to eliminate conflict; he tries to keep it from wasting the energies of his people. If you're the boss and your people fight you openly when they think that you are wrong -- that's healthy.
Robert Townsend ( - ____) US business executive


A healthful hunger for a great idea is the beauty and blessedness of life.
Jean Ingelow (1820 - 1897) English novelist


A perfectly healthy sentence, it is true, is extremely rare. For the most part we miss the hue and fragrance of the thought; as if we could be satisfied with the dews of the morning or evening without their colors, or the heavens without their azure.
Henry David Thoreau (1817 - 1862) US essayist, poet, naturalist
"A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers," (Sunday), 1849.


After 19 years of experimenting, a thousand mistakes, over 400 books, at least 200 bad diets... and a partridge in a pear tree, I have found what I believe are the best answers this planet has to offer about living a healthy, happy, and balanced life. Marilu Henner (1952 - ____) US actress, health promotor, author


After you're older, two things are possibly more important than any others: health and money.
Helen Gurley Brown (1922 - ____) US editor, author


All the arts in America are a gigantic racket run by unscrupulous men for unhealthy women.
Thomas Beecham (1879 - 1961) English conductor


Any healthy man can go without food for two days -- but not without poetry.
Charles Baudelaire (1821 - 1867) French poet, critic, translator


As a whole part of "psychological education" it needs to be remembered that a neurosis can be valuable; also that "adjustment" to a sick and insane environment is of itself not "health" but sickness and insanity.
James Agee (1909 - 1955) US novelist, poet
"Let Us Now Praise Famous Men," with Walker Evans, 1941.


As it turns out, social scientists have established only one fact about single women's mental health: employment improves it.
Susan Faludi (1959 - ____) US writer, feminist


At books, or work, or healthy play,/ Let all my years be passed;/ That I may give for every day/ A good account at last.
Isaac Watts (1674 - 1748) English minister
Divine Songs for Children, 'Against Idleness and Mischief'


Be careful when reading health books; you may die of a misprint.
Mark Twain (1835 - 1910) US novelist, journalist, river pilot
In "1,911 Best Things Anybody Ever Said," ed. Robert Byrne, 1988.


Be sober and temperate, and you will be healthy. Be in general virtuous, and you will be happy.
Benjamin Franklin (1706 - 1790) US statesman, diplomat, inventor, printer
Letter, 9 Aug 1768 (published in Complete Works, vol. 4, ed. by John Bigelow, 1887 --88).


Early to bed and early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise.
Traditional Proverb (1706 - 1790) US statesman, diplomat, inventor, printer


Early to bed and early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise.
Benjamin Franklin (1706 - 1790) US statesman, diplomat, inventor, printer
"Poor Richard's Almanac."


Early to rise and early to bed makes a man healthy and wealthy and dead.
James Thurber (1894 - 1961) US novelist, humorist, cartoonist
Fables of Our Time," 'The Shrike and the Chipmunks'


Every violation of truth is not only a sort of suicide in the liar, but is a stab at the health of human society.
Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 - 1882) US philosopher, poet, essayist
"Essays," "Prudence" (First Series), 1841.


Everything hinges on education. Without it, you can't advocate for proper health care, for housing, for a civil rights bill that ensures your rights.
Susan L. Taylor (1946 - ____) US journalist
In "My Soul Looks Back, 'Less I Forget," by Dorothy Winbush Riley, 1995.


Experience has taught me this, that we undo ourselves by impatience. Misfortunes have their life and their limits, their sickness and their health.
Michel Eyquem de Montaigne (1553 - 1592) French essayist, courtier


For the rational, psychologically healthy man, the desire for pleasure is the desire to celebrate his control over reality. For the neurotic, the desire for pleasure is the desire to escape from reality.
Nathaniel Branden ( - ____) US psychologist


Give a man a horse he can ride,/ Give a man a boat he can sail;/ And his rank and wealth, his strength and health/ On sea nor shore shall fail.
James Thomson (1834 - 1882) Scottish poet, essayist


Give me health and a day, and I will make the pomp of emperors ridiculous.
Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 - 1882) US philosopher, poet, essayist
"Nature," Ch. 3.


Give up the belief that mind is, even temporarily, compressed within the skull, and you will quickly become more manly or womanly. You will understand yourself and your Maker better than before.
Mary Baker Eddy (1821 - 1910) US religious leader, writer
"Science and Health," ch. 12, 1875.


Good poetry seems too simple and natural a thing that when we meet it we wonder that all men are not always poets. Poetry is nothing but healthy speech.
Henry David Thoreau (1817 - 1862) US essayist, poet, naturalist


Happiness is good health and a bad memory.
Ingrid Bergman (1915 - 1982) Swedish actress
In "An Uncommon Scold," by Abby Adams, 1989.


Happiness? That's nothing more than health and a poor memory.
Albert Schweitzer (1875 - 1965) French theologian, musician, medical missionary
In "Webster's Electronic Quotebase," ed. Keith Mohler, 1994.


He who has health has hope, and he who has hope has everything.
Saudi Arabian Proverb (1875 - 1965) French theologian, musician, medical missionary


Health food may be good for the conscience but Oreos taste a hell of a lot better.
Robert Redford (1937 - ____) US actor, producer, director
In "The Speaker's Electronic Reference Collection," AApex Software, 1994.


Health has its science as well as disease. . .
Emily Blackwell (1826 - 1910) US physician, author
Written with her sister Elizabeth; in "Medicine as a Profession for Women," 1860.


Health is better than wealth.
Traditional Proverb (1826 - 1910) US physician, author


Health is the condition of wisdom, and the sign is cheerfulness -- an open and noble temper.
Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 - 1882) US philosopher, poet, essayist
In The Ultimate Success Quotations Library, 1997.


Health is the first muse, and sleep is the condition to produce it.
Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 - 1882) US philosopher, poet, essayist
"Uncollected Lectures," 'Resources.'


Health is the vital principle of bliss, / And exercise, of health.
James Thomson (1834 - 1882) Scottish poet, essayist
The Castle of Indolence. Canto ii. Stanza 55.


Health nuts are going to feel stupid someday, lying in hospitals dying of nothing.
Redd Foxx (1834 - 1882) Scottish poet, essayist
In "1,911 Best Things Anybody Ever Said," ed. Robert Byrne, 1988.


Honest differences are often a healthy sign of progress.
Mahatma Gandhi (1869 - 1948) Indian philosopher
In "The Speaker's Electronic Reference Collection," AApex Software, 1994.


How many young hearts have revealed the fact that what they had been trained to imagine the highest earthly felicity was but the beginning of care, disappointment, and sorrow, and often led to the extremity of mental and physical suffering.
Catharine Esther Beecher (1800 - 1878) US educator, author
"Woman Suffrage and Women's Professions," "Statistics of Female Health," 1871.


Hygiene is two thirds of health.
Lebanese Proverb ( - ____)


I am glad so many women singers are being heard in music today. It is healthy for music . . . healthy because it means a lot of men are listening!
Judy Collins (1939 - ____) US folksinger, film maker
Interview in "Empire:ZINE," by T. Fennel Crenshaw at www.spydersempire.com.


I know a lot of men who are healthier at age fifty than they have ever been before, because a lot of their fear is gone.
Robert Bly (1926 - ____) US poet
In "The Speaker's Electronic Reference Collection," AApex Software, 1994.


I think there are two areas where new ideas are terribly dangerous -- economics and sex. By and large, it's all been tried before, and if it's new, it's probably illegal or unhealthy.
Felix Rohatyn (1926 - ____) US poet
In "The Executives Quotation Book," ed. by James Charlton, 1993.


I think, at a child's birth, if a mother could ask a fairy godmother to endow it with the most useful gift, that gift would be curiosity.
Eleanor Roosevelt (1884 - 1962) US first lady, social reformer
In "Today's Health," Oct 1966.


I would like to explore some side roads in life while I am still in good health and good spirits.
Charles Kuralt (1934 - 1997) US newscaster, correspondent, journalist, a
In "Time Magazine," 28 Mar 1994.


If nuclear power plants are safe, let the commerical insurance industry insure them. Until these most expert judges of risk are willing to gamble with their money, I'm not willing to gamble with the health and safety of my family.
Donna Reed (1921 - 1986) US actress
In "Los Angeles Times," 12 Mar 1074.


If this country [America] is to survive, the best-fed-nation myth had better be recognized for what it is: propaganda designed to produce wealth not health.
Adelle Davis (1904 - 1974) US nutritionist, author
"Let's Eat Right to Keep Fit," ch. 30, I954.



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