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Below are 26 sayings related to health and soundness. Direct quotations have author names at the back, and the others may be credited T. Kinnes.


A little secret of medicine, known to doctors also, is that some things get better by themselves (With Lewis Thomas).

Behind our illness is also our healing (Cf. Mooji).

Eat right, exercise regularly, die sooner or later all the same.

Everyone should be his own physician. We ought to assist and not force nature. Eat with sound moderation what agrees with your constitution. Nothing is good for the body but what we can digest (With Voltaire).

Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity (World Health Organization, 1948).

Health is merely the slowest way someone can die (Author Unknown).

Health is wholeness on all levels. Through integrating all aspects of ourselves, we become whole (Cf. Shakti Gawain).

How sickness enlarges the dimension of a man's self to himself! (Charles Lamb, Last Essays of Elia).

If you resolve to give up smoking, drinking and loving, you don't actually live longer; it just seems longer (Clement Freud, The Observer, 27 December 1964).

Illness tells us what we are (Italian saying).

It is a wise mans part, rather to avoid sickness, than to wish for medicines (Thomas More, Utopia).

Just as a candle cannot burn without fire, men cannot live without a life, and life is spiritually rooted (With Buddha]

Just because you're not sick doesn't mean you're healthy (Author Unknown).

Lots of people in this world spend so much time watching their health that they haven't the time to enjoy it (With Josh Billings).

Man is made of opinions, – of truth and error; and his life is a warfare [where he] goes on developing error upon error till he is buried in his own belief (Phineas Parkhurst Quimby, December 1861).

Much of your pain is self-chosen. It is the bitter potion by which the physician within you heals your sick self (Kahlil Gibran, The Prophet, 1923).

Sickness comes on horseback but departs on foot (Dutch Proverb).

Sometimes I get the feeling the aspirin companies are sponsoring my headaches (Terri Guillemets).

The greatest leverage for healing is found at the subtlest levels of function (Rudolph Ballentine).

The hope of humanity lies in the prevention of degenerative and mental diseases, not in the care of their symptoms (Alexis Carrel]

The marvellous pharmacy that was designed by nature and placed into our being by the universal architect produces most of the medicines we need (Norman Cousins).

The physician does not work the cure. He does but prepare and clear the path for nature, the real healer.... If you can carry out your treatment effectively with diet or with healing foods, then do not use drugs . . . antagonists of nature (Isaac Israeli ben Solomon, translated, quoted in A Middle East Mosaic: Fragments of Life, Letters and History by Bernard Lewis, 2000).

The physician who teaches people to sustain their health is the superior physician. The physician who waits to treat people until after their health is lost is considered to be inferior. This is like waiting until one's family is starving to begin to plant seeds in the garden (Cf. The Yellow Emperor's Classic of Internal Medicine).

To live without love, compassion, or any other spiritual value creates a state of such severe imbalance to be straightened out. That is what lies behind the onset of disease - an imbalance somewhere - has given rise to palpable, physical symptoms (With Deepak Chopra).

Water, air, and cleanliness are the chief articles in my pharmacopoeia (Napoleon I).

You can learn to follow the inner self, the inner physician that tells you where to go. Healing is simply attempting to do more of those things that bring joy and fewer of those things that bring pain (O. Carl Simonton)


Health and wellness quotations, Literature  

Hicks, Angela. 2009. 77 Ways to Improve Your Wellbeing: How to use Ancient Chinese Wisdom to Enhance Your Physical, Mental and Spiritual Health. Begbroke, Oxford: How To Books.

Michael, Russ. Chocolate for Health: The Amazing Ingredients and Benefits of Chocolate. Virginia Beach, VA: Russ Michael Books, 2008. ⍽▢⍽ Not all too serious.

Mindell, Earl L., and Virginia Hopkins. Prescription Alternatives: Hundreds of Safe, Natural, Prescription-Free Remedies to Restore and Maintain Your Health. New York: McGraw-Hill, 2009. ⍽▢⍽ "As a general rule, prescription drugs cause imbalances in the body . . . They can also cause more serious problems, including death." (p. v) In some cases there are alternatives.

Wright, Susan. 2003. Be Your Own Therapist: Recipes for Emotional Health. Mill Valley, CA: Vision Books.

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