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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

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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

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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

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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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