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Refuse to be ill. Never tell people you are ill; never own it to yourself. Illness is one of those things which a man should resist on principle at the onset.
      - Lord Edward Robert Bulwer Lytton, 1st Earl of Lytton ("Owen Meredith")

For life is not to live, but to be well.
      - Martial (Marcus Valerius Martialis)

Health and good humor are to the human body like sunshine to vegetation.
      - Jean Baptiste Massillon

Health lies in labor, and there is no royal road to it but through toil.
      - Wendell Phillips

Attention to health is life greatest hindrance.
      - Plato (originally Aristocles}

Health consists with Temperance alone.
      - Alexander Pope, Essay on Man
         (ep. IV, l.81)

One means very effectual for the preservation of health is a quiet and cheerful mind, not afflicted with violent passions or distracted with immoderate cares.
      - John Ray (Wray)

Infirmity and sickness may excite our pity; but desire and pleasure require the bloom and vigor of health.
      - Jean-Jacques Rousseau

It is part of the cure to wish to be cured.
  [Lat., Pars sanitatis velle sanari fruit.]
      - Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca)

May be he is not well.
  Infirmity doth neglect all office
    Whereto our health is bound.
      - William Shakespeare, King Lear
         (King Lear at II, iv)

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

Use your health, even to the point of wearing it out.
      - George Bernard Shaw,
        The Doctor's Dilemma: Preface on Doctors,
        an essay, The Latest Theories

The common ingredients of health and long life are:
  Great temp'rance, open air,
    Easy labor, little care.
      - Sir Philip Sidney (Sydney)

The ingredients of health and long life, are great temperance, open air, easy labor, and little care.
      - Sir Philip Sidney (Sydney)

Adam knew no disease so long as temperance from the forbidden fruit secured him. Nature was his physician; and innocence and abstinence would have kept him healthful to immortality.
      - Bishop Robert South

O blessed Health! thou art above all gold and treasure; 'tis thou who enlargest the soul, and openest all its powers to receive instruction, and to relish virtue. He that has thee has little more to wish for, and he that is so wretched as to want thee, wants everything with thee.
      - Laurence Sterne

People who are always taking care of their health are like misers, who are hoarding up a treasure which they have never spirit enough to enjoy.
      - Laurence Sterne

The root of sanctity is sanity. A man must be healthy before he can be holy. We bathe first, and then perfume.
      - Madame Anne Sophie Swetchine (Soimonoff)

Good health and good sense are two of life's greatest blessings.
      - Syrus (Publilius Syrus), Maxims

Health is the soul that animates all enjoyments of life, which fade and are tasteless, if not dead, without it.
      - Sir William Temple

The only way for a rich man to be healthy is, by exercise and abstinence, to live as if he was poor.
      - Sir William Temple

Be it remembered that man subsists upon the air more than upon his meat and drink; but no one can exist for an hour without a copious supply of air. The atmosphere which some breathe is contaminated and adulterated, and with its vital principles so diminished that it cannot fully decarbonize the blood, nor fully excite the nervous system.
      - William Makepeace Thackeray

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 (1), Castle of Indolence
         (canto II, st. 55)

Health food makes me sick.
      - Calvin Trillin

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.
  [Lat., Qui salubrem locum negligit, mente est captus atque ad agnatos et gentiles deducendus.]
      - Marcus Terentius Varro, De Re Rustica
         (I, 2)

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