The health of nations is more important than the wealth of nations.
—William C. Durant (1861–1947) American Entrepreneur, Business
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
Mental health problems do not affect three or four out of every five persons, but one out of one.
—Karl Menninger (1893–1990) American Psychiatrist
With stupidity and sound digestion man may front much.
—Thomas Carlyle (1795–1881) Scottish Writer, Essayist, Historian
He who has not faith in others shall find no faith in them.
—Laozi (b.604BCE–d:Unknown) Chinese Philosopher
If you expect nothing, you’re apt to be surprised. You’ll get it.
—Malcolm Forbes (1919–90) American Publisher
Honor begets honor, trust begets trust; faith begets faith; and hope is the mainspring of life.
—Henry L. Stimson (1867–1950) American Political leader, Military Leader, Lawyer
Happiness lies, first of all, in health.
—George William Curtis (1824–92) American Essayist, Public Speaker, Editor, Author
Be careful about reading health books. You may die of a misprint.
—Mark Twain (1835–1910) American Humorist, Satirist, Short Story Writer, Author, Lecturer
Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement; nothing can be done without hope.
—Helen Keller (1880–1968) American Author, Social Activist, Educator
If you have health, you probably will be happy, and if you have health and happiness, you have all the wealth you need, even if it is not all you want.
—Elbert Hubbard (1856–1915) American Writer, Publisher, Artist, Philosopher
It is remarkable how ones wits are sharpened by physical exercise.
—Pliny the Younger (61–112) Ancient Roman Lawyer, Author, Magistrate
Sickness comes on horseback and departs on foot.
If the pain wanders, do not waste your time with doctors.
—Mignon McLaughlin (1913–83) American Journalist, Author
After two days in the hospital, I turn to the nurse.
—W. C. Fields (1880–1946) American Actor, Comedian, Writer
There is still an immense amount to be learned about health, but if what is at present known to a few were part of the general knowledge, the average expectation of life could probably be increased by about ten years.
—J. B. S. Haldane (1892–1964) British Biologist, Geneticist
It’s bizarre that the produce manager is more important to my children’s health than the pediatrician.
—Meryl Streep (b.1949) American Actor
We must dare to think unthinkable thoughts.
—J. William Fulbright (1905–95) American Political leader, Politician
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 Playwright, Poet, Theater Personality
Diseases of the soul are more dangerous and more numerous than those of the body.
—Cicero (106BCE–43BCE) Roman Philosopher, Orator, Politician, Lawyer
Like everybody else, when I don’t know what else to do, I seem to go in for catching colds.
—George Jean Nathan (1882–1958) American Drama Critic, Editor
Give me health and a day, and I will make the pomp of emperors ridiculous.
—Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803–82) American Philosopher, Lecturer, Essayist, Poet
A wise physician is a John Baptist, who recognizes that his only mission is to prepare the way for a greater than himself — Nature.
—Arthur Sherburne Hardy (1847–1930) American Engineer, Educator, Editor, Diplomat, Novelist, Poet
Health is the soul that animates all the enjoyments of life, which fade and are tasteless without it.
Exercise is the chief source of improvement in our faculties.
—Hugh Blair (1718–1800) Scottish Clergyman, Rhetorician, Literary Critic, Philosopher
You can set yourself up to be sick, or you can choose to stay well.
—Wayne Dyer (b.1940) American Motivational Writer, Author, Motivational Speaker
Money is the most envied, but the least enjoyed. Health is the most enjoyed, but the least envied.
—Charles Caleb Colton (1780–1832) English Angelic Priest, Writer, Collector
Use your health, even to the point of wearing it out. That is what it is for. Spend all you have before you die; do not outlive yourself.
—George Bernard Shaw (1856–1950) Irish Playwright, Critic, Political Activist, Educator
When we are well, we all have good advice for those who are ill.
—Terence Ancient Roman Playwright
To make the world a friendly place, one must show it a friendly face.
—James Whitcomb Riley (1849–1916) American Children’s Books Writer, Poet, Writer
Nothing is more fatal to health than an over care of it.
—Benjamin Franklin (1706–90) American Political leader, Inventor, Diplomat, Author
Persistent prophecy is a familiar way of assuring the event.
—George Gissing (1857–1903) English Novelist
Doctors are always working to preserve our health and cooks to destroy it, but the latter are the more often successful.
—Denis Diderot (1713–84) French Philosopher, Critic, Writer
To preserve permanent good health, the state of mind must be taken into consideration.
—Robert Owen (1771–1858) British Social Reformer, Philosopher
What we prepare for is what we shall get.
—William Graham Sumner (1840–1910) American Polymath, Academic, Historian, Sociologist, Anthropologist
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 Activist, Political Activist, Author, Lecturer
What some call health, if purchased by perpetual anxiety about diet, isn’t much better than tedious disease.
—George D. Prentice (1802–70) American Journalist, Editor
Self-image sets the boundaries of individual accomplishment.
—Maxwell Maltz (1899–1975) American Surgeon, Motivational Writer
Health is a state of complete harmony of the body, mind and spirit. When one is free from physical disabilities and mental distractions, the gates of the soul open.
—B. K. S. Iyengar (b.1918) Indian Hindu Yoga Teacher, Author
We awaken in others the same attitude of mind we hold toward them.
—Elbert Hubbard (1856–1915) American Writer, Publisher, Artist, Philosopher
Think of only three things: your God, your family and the Green Bay Packers — in that order.
—Vince Lombardi (1913–70) American Sportsperson
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 (1813–87) American Protestant Clergyman, Social Reformer, Abolitionist
Health is not a condition of matter, but of Mind.
—Mary Baker Eddy (1821–1910) American Christian Science Religious Leader, Humanitarian, Writer
All things are possible until they are proved impossible—and even the impossible may only be so as of now.
—Pearl S. Buck (1892–1973) American Novelist, Human Rights Activist
He had kept his head, kept his health and his strength, bearing up under a weight of work and worry that only a few could have carried.
—David McCullough (b.1933) American Historian, Biographer, Author
Treat your body like a temple, not a woodshed. The mind and body work together. Your body needs to be a good support system for the mind and spirit. If you take good care of it, your body can take you wherever you want to go, with the power and strength and energy and vitality you will need to get there.
—Jim Rohn (1930–2009) American Entrepreneur, Author, Motivational Speaker
Gold that buys health can never be ill spent; nor hours laid out in harmless merriment.
—John Webster (1580–1634) English Dramatist, Poet