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Charles Caleb ColtonMoney is the most envied, but the least enjoyed. Health is the most enjoyed, but the least envied.

—  Charles Caleb Colton, 1780-1832, English cleric & writer

HoraceHe is not poor who has enough of things to use. If it is well with your belly, chest and feet, the wealth of kings can give you nothing more.

—  Horace, 65-8 BC, Roman poet

George Bernard ShawGive 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, 1856-1950, Irish writer, Nobel 1925

Lao-TzuHealth is the greatest possession. Contentment is the greatest treasure. Confidence is the greatest friend.

—  Lao-Tzu, 6th cent. BC, Chinese philosopher

NapoleonWater, air, and cleanness are the chief articles in my pharmacy.

—  Napoleon, 1769-1821, French Emperor

Emile M. CioranGood health is the best weapon against religion. Healthy bodies and healthy minds have never been shaken by religious fears.

—  Emile M. Cioran, 1911-1995, French-Romanian philosopher

Eugene IonescoThere are diseases that are healthy.

—  Eugene Ionesco, 1912-1994, French-Romanian playwright

Lord ChesterfieldPhysical ills are the taxes laid upon this wretched life; some are taxed higher, and some lower, but all pay something.

—  Lord Chesterfield, 1694-1773, English statesman & writer

Francis BaconCure the disease and kill the patient.

—  Francis Bacon, 1561-1626, English philosopher

Francis BaconThe remedy is worse than the disease.

—  Francis Bacon, 1561-1626, English philosopher

William JamesIf any organism fails to fulfill its potentialities, it becomes sick.

—  William James, 1842-1910, American philosopher

Anton ChekhovWhen a lot of remedies are suggested for a disease, that means it can't be cured.

—  Anton Chekhov, 1860-1904, Russian writer

Emile M. CioranIf someone incessantly drops the word “life,” you know he's a sick man.

—  Emile M. Cioran, 1911-1995, French-Romanian philosopher

Personal Stories

Charles de GaulleI am not ill. But do not worry, one day, I will certainly die.

—  Charles de Gaulle, 1890-1970, French President

Latin Quotes

JuvenalA healthy mind in a healthy body.

Mens sana in corpore sano.

—  Juvenal, 1st-2nd cent. AD, Roman satiric poet


Quotes in Verse

Philip SidneyThe ingredients of health and long life, are great temperance, open air, easy labor, and little care.

—  Philip Sidney, 1554-1586, English poet & courtier

Funny Quotes

Dave LettermanDick Cheney said he was running again. He said his health was fine, “I've got a doctor with me 24 hours a day.” Yeah, that's always the sign of a man in good health, isn't it?

—  Dave Letterman, 1947-, American TV talk show host


Ancient Greek

MenanderHealth and intellect are the two blessings of life.

Υγεία και νους εσθλά τω βίω δύο.

—  Menander, 4th cent. BC, Ancient Greek dramatist (New Comedy)



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