Quotations about health, being healthy. At a minimum, health is wellness, being free from illness or injury, and often is seen as more than that, a state of thriving, vigor, wholeness, robustness. Our health is enhanced by taking care of our bodies and mind. What have some of the great minds said about health?

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Vaccines don’t cause autism. Vaccines, instead, prevent disease. Vaccines have wiped out a score of formerly deadly childhood diseases. Vaccine skepticism has helped to bring some of those diseases back from near extinction.

— Alex Pareene

The “problem” with health is that people want it, but deliberately and ironically avoid pursuing it adequately — a question for the centuries on what human rationality can get you at times.

— Andy Harglesis

I think the healthy way to live is to make friends with the beast inside oneself, and that means not the beast but the shadow. The dark side of one’s nature. Have fun with it and you know, is to accept everything about ourselves.

— Anthony Hopkins

All too often women believe it is a sign of commitment, an expression of love, to endure unkindness or cruelty, to forgive and forget. In actuality, when we love rightly we know that the healthy, loving response to cruelty and abuse is putting ourselves out of harm’s way.

— bell hooks

Early to bed and early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise.

— Benjamin Franklin

We cannot seek or attain health, wealth, learning, justice or kindness in general. Action is always specific, concrete, individualized, unique.

— Benjamin Jowett

To enjoy good health, to bring true happiness to one’s family, to bring peace to all, one must first discipline and control one’s own mind. If a man can control his mind he can find the way to Enlightenment, and all wisdom and virtue will naturally come to him.

— Buddha

The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn the past, not to worry about the future, or not to anticipate troubles, but to live in the present moment wisely and earnestly.

— Buddha

The healthy man does not torture others – generally it is the tortured who turn into torturers.

— Carl Jung

It is exercise alone that supports the spirits, and keeps the mind in vigor.

— Cicero

I must remind you that starving a child is violence. Neglecting school children is violence. Punishing a mother and her family is violence. Discrimination against a working man is violence. Ghetto housing is violence. Ignoring medical need is violence. Contempt for poverty is violence.

— Coretta Scott King

Money cannot buy health, but I’d settle for a diamond-studded wheelchair.

— Dorothy Parker

The body keeps the score: If the memory of trauma is encoded in the viscera, in heartbreaking and gut-wrenching emotions, in autoimmune disorders and skeletal/muscular problems, and if mind/brain, visceral communication is the royal road to emotion regulation, this demands a radical shift in our therapeutic assumptions…. The challenge of recovery is to reestablish ownership of your body and your mind — of your self. This means feeling free to know what you know and feel what you feel without becoming overwhelmed, enraged, ashamed, or collapsed.

— Dr. Bessel van der Kolk

I still need more healthy rest in order to work at my best. My health is the main capital I have, and I want to administer it intelligently.

— Ernest Hemingway

A healthy body is a guest-chamber for the soul; a sick body is a prison.

— Francis Bacon

Knowing that we can be loved exactly as we are gives us all the best opportunity for growing into the healthiest of people.

— Fred Rogers

Pay mind to your own life, your own health, and wholeness. A bleeding heart is of no help to anyone if it bleeds to death.

— Frederick Buechner

Objection, evasion, joyous distrust, and love of irony are signs of health; everything absolute belongs to pathology.

— Friedrich Nietzsche, Beyond Good and Evil

You are not a mistake. You are not a problem to be solved. But you won’t discover this until you are willing to stop banging your head against the wall of shaming and caging and fearing yourself.

— Geneen Roth

Millions of our citizens do not now have a full measure of opportunity to achieve and to enjoy good health. Millions do not now have protection or security against the economic effects of sickness. And the time has now arrived for action to help them attain that opportunity and to help them get that protection.

— Harry S. Truman

When health is absent, wisdom cannot reveal itself, art cannot manifest, strength cannot fight, wealth becomes useless, and intelligence cannot be applied.

— Herophilus

Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.

— Hippocrates

Health is being in harmony with the world view. Health is an intuitive perception of the universe and all its inhabitants as being of one fabric. Health is maintaining communication with the animals and plants and minerals and stars. It is knowing death and life and seeing no difference. It is blending and melding, seeking solitude and seeking companionship to understand one’s many levels.

— Jeanne Achterberg

It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society.

— Jiddu Krishnamurti

If our salmon are not healthy, then our watersheds are not healthy-and if our watersheds our not healthy, then we have truly squandered our heritage and mortgaged our future.

— John Kitzhaber

There are certain ways in which I cultivate awareness, both through mindful yoga and taking care of my body and taking time to actually drop as deeply as possible into stillness, into whatever is unfolding in the present moment.

— Jon Kabat-Zinn

Health is the natural condition. When sickness occurs, it is a sign that Nature has gone off course because of a physical or mental imbalance. The road to health for everyone is through moderation, harmony, and a ‘sound mind in a sound body’.

— Jostein Gaarder

I believe that the greatest gift you can give your family and the world is a healthy you.

— Joyce Meyer

Health is more than the absence of disease. Health is about jobs and employment, education, the environment, and all of those things that go into making us healthy.

— Joycelyn Elders

Moderation. Small helpings. Sample a little bit of everything. These are the secrets of happiness and good health.

— Julia Child
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