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Health is the vital principle of bliss,
And exercise, of health.

JAMES THOMSON, The Castle of Indolence

Infirmity doth still neglect all office
Whereto our health is bound; we are not ourselves
When nature, being oppressed, commands the mind
To suffer with the body.


The first wealth is health.

RALPH WALDO EMERSON, "Power," The Conduct of Life

When we are in health, all sounds fife and drum for us; we hear the notes of music in the air, or catch its echoes dying away when we awake in the dawn.

HENRY DAVID THOREAU, A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers

A Man's illness is his private territory and, no matter how much he love you and how close you are, you stay an outsider. You are healthy.

LAUREN BACALL, Lauren Bacall By Myself

Man needs difficulties; they are necessary for health.

CARL JUNG, The Transcendent Function

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


It is unconscionable that we ration health care by the ability to pay.... your heart breaks. Health care should be a given.

KATHRYN ANASTOS, New York Magazine, Dec. 21-28, 1992

Men who are occupied in the restoration of health to other men, by the joint exertion of skill and humanity, are above all the great of the earth. They even partake of divinity, since to preserve and renew is almost as noble as to create.

VOLTAIRE, "Physicians," Philosophical Dictionary

I wish more and more that health were studied half as much as disease is. Why, with all the endowment of research against cancer is no study made of those who are free from cancer? Why not inquire what foods they eat, what habits of body and mind they cultivate? And why never study animals in health and natural surroundings? why always sickened and in an environment of strangeness and artificiality?


A little health now and again is the ailing person’s best remedy.

FRIEDRICH NIETZSCHE, The Wanderer and His Shadow

Do not believe yourself healthy. Immortality is health; this life is a long sickness.


The awareness that health is dependent upon habits that we control makes us the first generation in history that to a large extent determines its own destiny.

JIMMY CARTER, Everything to Gain

Give a man health and a course to steer; and he’ll never stop to trouble about whether he’s happy or not.

GEORGE BERNARD SHAW, Captain Brassbound's Conversion

What, on the eternal list of priorities, precedes health? What more obvious role could government have than the defense of the life, of each citizen? We cannot stop every germ that seeks to harm us any more than we can stop every person who seeks to harm us. But we can try dammit and government's essential role in that effort facilitate it, reduce its cost, broaden its availability, improve my health and yours, seems, ultimately, self-explanatory.

KEITH OLBERMANN, Countdown with Keith Olbermann, Oct. 7, 2009

Don't believe them when they tell me there ain't no cure. The Rich stay healthy, the Sick stay poor.

BONO, "God Part II"

You need to make good health a hobby.

JACK LALANNE, "Jack LaLanne on Aging Well", Tony Horton Life, December 18, 2010

The thing most prejudicial to health is to be always thinking of it. It is, indeed, an indispensable requisite to the enjoyment of life and health, that little attention should be paid to little symptoms. One should not think himself dead until he is so.

CHRISTIAN NESTELL BOVEE, Intuitions and Summaries of Thought

Health will generally attend thee well if thou attend it well.



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