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Health is a term referring to levels of functional or metabolic efficiency of living beings. In humans, it is the general condition of a person's mind and body, usually meaning to be free from illness, injury or needless pain.
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- The best six doctors anywhere
And no one can deny it
Are sunshine, water, rest, and air
Exercise and diet.
These six will gladly you attend
If only you are willing
Your mind they'll ease
Your will they'll mend
And charge you not a shilling.
- Anonymous nursery rhyme set to the tune of "Yankee Doodle", quoted in "The Health Club" in School Life, Vol. IV (January - June 1920), p. 17
- I am pretty sure that, if you will be quite honest, you will admit that a good rousing sneeze, one that tears open your collar and throws your hair into your eyes, is really one of life's sensational pleasures.
- Robert Benchley, in "Hiccoughing Makes Us Fat" in No Poems: or Around the World Backwards and Sideways (1932)
- I reckon being ill as one of the great pleasures of life, provided one is not too ill and is not obliged to work till one is better.
- Samuel Butler, in The Way of All Flesh (1903)
- Thank Him for health. Consecrate it as His trust to innocent enjoyment, manly effort, social usefulness, and preparation for an honorable and holy career.
- William Ellery Channing, reported in Josiah Hotchkiss Gilbert, Dictionary of Burning Words of Brilliant Writers (1895), p. 299
- Cur moriatur homo, cui salvia crescit in horto?
- Why should (need) a man die who has sage in his garden?
- Regimen Sanitatis Salernitanum, line 177. Original and translation. pub. by Sir Alexander Chope (1830)
- Of all the garden herbes none is of greater vertue than sage.
- Thomas Cogan, Heaven of Health (1596). Quoting from Schola Salerni, p. 32
- Tous les jours, à tous points de vue, je vais de mieux en mieux.
- If you resolve to give up smoking, drinking and loving, you don't actually live longer; it just seems longer.
- Clement Freud, as quoted in The Observer (27 December 1964)
- Nor love, nor honour, wealth nor pow'r,
Can give the heart a cheerful hour
When health is lost. Be timely wise;
With health all taste of pleasure flies.
- John Gay, Fables (1727), Part I. Fable 31
- If you start to think about your physical or moral condition, you usually find that you are sick.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Proverbs in Prose (1819)
- A cool mouth, and warm feet, live long.
- George Herbert, Jacula Prudentum (1651)
- He that goes to bed thirsty rises healthy.
- George Herbert, Jacula Prudentum (1651)
- Be careful about reading health books. You may die of a misprint.
- Christ's gospel could never have been delivered by one who was diseased.
- John McClellan Holmes, reported in Josiah Hotchkiss Gilbert, Dictionary of Burning Words of Brilliant Writers (1895), p. 299
- There are three wicks you know to the lamp of a man's life: brain, blood, and breath. Press the brain a little, its light goes out, followed by both the others. Stop the heart a minute, and out go all three of the wicks. Choke the air out of the lungs, and presently the fluid ceases to supply the other centres of flame, and all is soon stagnation, cold, and darkness.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr., The Professor at the Breakfast Table (1859), XI
- If you wish to keep as well as possible, the less you think about your health the better.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr., Over the Teacups (1891)
- With your talents and industry, with science, and that stedfast honesty which eternally pursues right, regardless of consequences, you may promise yourself every thing—but health, without which there is no happiness. An attention to health then should take place of every other object. The time necessary to secure this by active exercises, should be devoted to it in preference to every other pursuit.
- Thomas Jefferson, letter to Thomas Mann Randolph, Jr. (July 6, 1787); in Julian P. Boyd, ed., The Papers of Thomas Jefferson (1955), vol. 11, p. 558.
- How sickness enlarges the dimension of a man's self to himself!
- Charles Lamb, in Last Essays of Elia (1833)
- In minds crammed with thoughts, organs clogged with toxins, and bodies stiffened with neglect, there is just no space for anything else.
- Alison Rose Levy, in "An Ancient Cure for Modern Life" in Yoga Journal (January - February 2002)
- If the pain wanders, do not waste your time with doctors.
- Mignon McLaughlin, in The Neurotic's Notebook (1960)
- Sickness is the first warning that we have made a wrong judgement. A healthy person is never unhappy.
- George Ohsawa, in Essential Ohsawa : From Food to Health, Happiness to Freedom : Understanding the Basics of Macrobiotics (1994), p. 77
- Health consists with Temperance alone.
- Alexander Pope, An Essay on Man (1733-34), Epistle IV, line 81
- Healthy people are invalids who don't know it.
- Jules Romains, in Dr. Knock (1923)
- May be he is not well:
Infirmity doth still neglect all office
Whereto our health is bound.
- Everyone who is born holds dual citizenship, in the kingdom of the well and in the kingdom of the sick. Although we all prefer to use only the good passport, sooner or later each of us is obliged, at least for a spell, to identify ourselves as citizens of that other place.
- Susan Sontag, Illness as Metaphor (1977)
- As a people, we have become obsessed with Health. There is something fundamentally, radically unhealthy about all this. We do not seem to be seeking more exuberance in living as much as staving off failure, putting off dying. We have lost all confidence in the human body.
- Lewis Thomas, in The Medusa and the Snail (1979)
- Ah! what avail the largest gifts of Heaven,
When drooping health and spirits go amiss?
How tasteless then whatever can be given!
Health is the vital principle of [bliss]],
And exercise of health.
- James Thomson, Castle of Indolence (1748), Canto II, Stanza 55
- Health is the second blessing that we mortals are capable of: a blessing that money cannot buy.
- Izaak Walton, The Compleat Angler (1653-55), Part I, Chapter XXI
- If a man is in health, he doesn't need to take anybody else's temperature to know where he is going.
- E. B. White, in a letter to the New York Herald Tribune (29 November 1947)
Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations
- Quotes reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 356-57.
- Health and cheerfulness mutually beget each other.
- Joseph Addison, The Spectator, No. 387
- When health, affrighted, spreads her rosy wing,
And flies with every changing gale of spring.
- Lord Byron, Childish Recollections, line 3
- Homines ad deos nulla re propius accedunt quam salutem hominibus dando.
- In nothing do men more nearly approach the gods than in giving health to men.
- Cicero, Pro Ligario, XII
- Health that snuffs the morning air.
- James Grainger, Solitude, An Ode, line 35
- Orandum est ut sit mens sana in corpore sano.
- Our prayers should be for a sound mind in a healthy body.
- Juvenal, Satires, X. 356
- Preserving the health by too strict a regimen is a wearisome malady.
- François de La Rochefoucauld, Maxims, No. 285
- Pars sanitatis velle sanari fuit.
- It is part of the cure to wish to be cured.
- Seneca, Hippolyus, CCXLIX
- Qui salubrem locum negligit, mente est captus atque ad agnatos et gentiles deducendus.
- He who overlooks a healthy spot for the site of his house is mad and ought to be handed over to the care of his relations and friends.
- Marcus Terentius Varro, De Re Rustica, I, 2
- Gold that buys health can never be ill spent,
Nor hours laid out in harmless merriment.
- John Webster, Westward Ho, Act V, scene 3, line 345.
- Tabi ni yande
yume wa kareno o