100 Quotes About Health

Back in January I did a post with 100 Motivational Quotes To Start 2016. I enjoyed making that post so I thought I’d make another quote filled post. Below is 100 quotes related to health.

Warning: some of these posts may be triggering to people who don’t like hearing about animal cruelty! I warned y’all so don’t get mad at me.

A fit, healthy bodyβ€”that is the best fashion statement.
― Jess C. Scott

Healthy citizens are the greatest asset any country can have.
– Winston. S Churchill

Be careful about reading health books. Some fine day you’ll die of a misprint.
― Markus Herz

We are healthy only to the extent that our ideas are humane.
― Kurt Vonnegut

According to the surgeon general, obesity today is officially an epidemic; it is arguably the most pressing public health problem we face, costing the health care system an estimated $90 billion a year. Three of every five Americans are overweight; one of every five is obese. The disease formerly known as adult-onset diabetes has had to be renamed Type II diabetes since it now occurs so frequently in children. A recent study in the Journal of the American Medical Association predicts that a child born in 2000 has a one-in-three chance of developing diabetes. (An African American child’s chances are two in five.) Because of diabetes and all the other health problems that accompany obesity, today’s children may turn out to be the first generation of Americans whose life expectancy will actually be shorter than that of their parents. The problem is not limited to America: The United Nations reported that in 2000 the number of people suffering from overnutrition–a billion–had officially surpassed the number suffering from malnutrition–800 million.
― Michael Pollan

May your heart be lighter today.
― Harley King

I don’t understand why asking people to eat a well-balanced, vegetarian diet is considered drastic, while it is medically conservative to cut people open.
― Dean Ornish

Would it not be better if they spent more money on wholesome things like oranges and wholemeal bread or if they even, like the writer of the letter to the New Statesman, saved on fuel and ate their carrots raw? Yes, it would, but the point is that no ordinary human being is ever going to do such a thing. The ordinary human being would sooner starve than live on brown bread and raw carrots. And the peculiar evil is this, that the less money you have, the less inclined you feel to spend it on wholesome food. A millionaire may enjoy breakfasting off orange juice and Ryvita biscuits; an unemployed man doesn’t. Here the tendency of which I spoke at the end of the last chapter comes into play. When you are unemployed, which is to say when you are underfed, harassed, bored, and miserable, you don’t want to eat dull wholesome food. You want something a little bit ‘tasty’. There is always some cheaply pleasant thing to tempt you.
― George Orwell

The first sure symptom of a mind in health Is rest of heart and pleasure felt at home.
― Edward Young

Sometimes you have to get sicker before you can get better.
― Jeannette Walls

When our emotional health is in a bad state, so is our level of self-esteem. We have to slow down and deal with what is troubling us, so that we can enjoy the simple joy of being happy and at peace with ourselves.
― Jess C. Scott

Tell me what you eat and I will tell you who you are.
― Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin

We should never present flesh as somehow morally distinguishable from dairy. To the extent it is morally wrong to eat flesh, it is as morally wrong β€” and possibly more morally wrong β€” to consume dairy.
― Gary L. Francione

My own prescription for health is less paperwork and more running barefoot through the grass.
― Leslie Grimutter

The center [of the supermarket] is for boxed, frozen, processed, made-to-sit-on-your-shelf-for-months food. You have to ask yourself, “If this food is designed to sit in a box for month and months, what is it doing inside my body?” Nothing good, that’s for sure.
― Morgan Spurlock

Any serious social, political, and economic change must include veganism.
― Gary L. Francione

And dieting, I discovered, was another form of disordered eating, just as anorexia and bulimia similarly disrupt the natural order of eating. “Ordered” eating is the practice of eating when you are hungry and ceasing to eat when your brain sends the signal that your stomach is full. … All people who live their lives on a diet are suffering. If you can accept your natural body weight and not force it to beneath your body’s natural, healthy weight, then you can live your life free of dieting, of restriction, of feeling guilty every time you eat a slice of your kid’s birthday cake.
― Portia de Rossi

Appetite has really become an artificial and abnormal thing, having taken the place of true hunger, which alone is natural. The one is a sign of bondage but the other, of freedom.
― Paul Brunton

What some call health, if purchased by perpetual anxiety about diet, isn’t much better than tedious disease.
― George Dennison Prentice

If there had been an exercise I’d liked, would I have gotten this big in the first place?
― Jennifer Weiner

That’s the point. This healthy-feeling time now just feels like a tease. Like I’m in this holding pattern, flying in smooth circles within sight of the airport, in super-comfortable first class. But I can’t enjoy the in-flight movie or free chocolate chip cookies because I know that before the airport is able to make room for us, the plane is going to run out of fuel, and we’re going to crash-land into a fiery, agonizing death.
― Jessica Verdi

The most poetical thing in the world is not being sick.
― G.K. Chesterton

If your leg is in a cast, it’s really dumb to sit in front of your computer doing unnecessary stuff with it hanging down. Your leg will swell and heal slower, if at all. When you go to your doctor, he/she will give you one of those “you’re really dumb and self destructive” looks. Also, “Why didn’t you follow my orders and rest?” Your doctor will be right, and so will mine at my next office visit. Elevate, folk! Elevate your mind, your soul, and your leg, in the order needed!
― Sandy Nathan,

The doctor of the future will be oneself.
― Albert Schweitzer

About eighty percent of the food on shelves of supermarkets today didn’t exist 100 years ago.
― Larry McCleary

That’s why it’s called a practice. We have to practice a practice if it is to be of value.
― Allan Lokos

If you don’t take care of this the most magnificent machine that you will ever be given…where are you going to live?
― Karyn Calabrese

If you walked into your local convenience store and bought a package of cigars, you would notice that it carries a label warning of the potential dangers of cigar smoke. Yet research suggests that cigar smoking poses a hazard only to moderate to heavy cigar smokers, who comprise less than 1 percent of the adult population. More than 97 percent of American adults, however, eat animal foods, and despite much research demonstrating the connection between the consumption of animal products and disease, we are not warned of these dangers.
― Melanie Joy

The laboratory evidence that carbohydrate-rich diets can cause the body to reain water and so raise blood pressure, just as salt consumption is supposed to do, dates back well over a century.
― Gary Taubes

It is your brain that decides to get you out of bed in the morning to exercise, toΒ give you a stronger, leaner body, or to cause you to hit the snooze button andΒ procrastinate your workout. It is your brain that pushes you away from the table tellingΒ you that you have had enough, or that gives you permission to have the second bowl ofΒ Rocky Road ice cream, making you look and feel like a blob. It is your brain thatΒ manages the stress in your life and relaxes you so that you look vibrant, or, when leftΒ unchecked, sends stress signals to the rest of your body and wrinkles your skin. And it isΒ your brain that turns away cigarettes, too much caffeine, and alcohol, helping you lookΒ and feel healthy, or that gives you permission to smoke, to have that third cup of coffee,Β or to drink that third glass of wine, thus making every system in your body look and feelΒ older.Your brain is the command and control center of your body. If you want a betterΒ body, the first place to ALWAYS start is by having a better brain.
― Daniel G. Amen

When I came out of anesthesia, I wanted two things: my husband and my dog. They wouldn’t let the dog in the recovery room.
― Sandy Nathan

Like pornography, junk [food] might be tough to define but you know it when you see it.
― Mark Bittman

The corn is planted first, followed by beans, then squash between the rows.They are called the Three Sisters. They sustain each other, the earth, and us. But the Big Ones do not know that. They do not care for the earth, and its children, properly.
― Elizabeth Haydon

In my food world, there is no fear or guilt, only joy and balance. So no ingredient is ever off-limits. Rather, all of the recipes here follow my Usually-Sometimes-Rarely philosophy. Notice there is no Never.
― Ellie Krieger

If I told you to wish for good health, you would think I’m ridiculous; but when I exchange the word “wish” for the word “pray”, you believe it can work. That is the disempowering delusion religions have brought us.
― Steve Maraboli

It is hard to talk about a middle ground for something that is a fundamental right.
― Teri Reynolds

A little chocolate a day keeps the doctor at bay.
― Marcia Carrington

Before asserting a prognosis on any patient, always be objective and never subjective. For telling a man that he will win the treasure of life, but then later discovering that he will lose, will harm him more than by telling him that he may lose, but then he wins.”
― Suzy Kassem

We cut the throat of a calf and hang it up by the heels to bleed to death so that our veal cutlet may be white; we nail geese to a board and cram them with food because we like the taste of liver disease; we tear birds to pieces to decorate our women’s hats; we mutilate domestic animals for no reason at all except to follow an instinctively cruel fashion; and we connive at the most abominable tortures in the hope of discovering some magical cure for our own diseases by them.
― George Bernard Shaw

Meditation is the ultimate mobile device; you can use it anywhere, anytime, unobtrusively.
― Sharon Salzberg

I read once that you need two things to be happy: any two of health, money, and love. You can cover the absense of one with the other two… But now I realized this was unmitigated bullshit, because health and money did not compare with love at all.
― Max Barry

When you got a condition, it’s bad to forget your medicine.
― Frank Miller


I am opposed to animal welfare campaigns for two reasons. First, if animal use cannot be morally justified, then we ought to be clear about that, and advocate for no use. Although rape and child molestation are ubiquitous, we do not have campaigns for β€œhumane” rape or β€œhumane” child molestation. We condemn it all. We should do the same with respect to animal exploitation.

Second, animal welfare reform does not provide significant protection for animal interests. Animals are chattel property; they are economic commodities. Given this status and the reality of markets, the level of protection provided by animal welfare will generally be limited to what promotes efficient exploitation. That is, we will protect animal interests to the extent that it provides an economic benefit.
― Gary L. Francione

It is in the balancing of your spirituality with your humanity that you will find immeasurable happiness, success, good health, and love.
― Steve Maraboli

Time and time again, throughout the history of medical practice, what was once considered as “scientific” eventually becomes regarded as “bad practice”.
― David Stewart,

In a massive, long-term study of 17,000 civil servants, an almost unbelievable conclusion emerged: the status of a person’s job was more likely to predict their likelihood of a heart attack than obesity, smoking or high blood pressure.
― Matt Ridley

Life is a tragedy of nutrition.
― Arnold Ehret

Would it really be so bad if you slowed your life down even a teensy bit? If you took charge of the ingredients of your food instead of letting corporations stuff you and your family, like baby birds, full of sugar, corn products, chemicals, and meat from really, really unhappy animals?
― Catherine Friend

The best diet is the one you don’t know you’re on.
― Brian Wansink

After joyfully working each morning, I would leave off around midday to challenge myself to a footrace. Speeding along the sunny paths of the Jardin du Luxembourg, ideas would breed like aphids in my headβ€”for creative invention is easy and sublime when air cycles quickly through the lungs and the body is busy at noble tasks.
― Roman Payne

Sorry, thereΒ΄s no magic bullet. You gotta eat healthy and live healthy to be healthy and look healthy. End of story.
― Morgan Spurlock

The fact is that Chinese parents can do things that would seem unimaginable-even legally actionable-to Westerners. Chinese mothers can say to their daughters, “Hey fatty-lose some weight.” By contrast, Western parents have to tiptoe around the issue, talking in terms of “health” and never ever mentioning the f-word, and their kids still end up in therapy for eating disorders and negative self image.
― Amy Chua,

If one’s life is so unsatisfying that an unhealthy activity brings a shred of happiness, it is nigh impossible to give it up unless something that brings greater happiness can be enjoyed in its stead.
― Prem Prakash

Eating crappy food isn’t a reward — it’s a punishment.
― Drew Carey

Weight (too much or too little) is a by-product. Weight is what happens when you use food to flatten your life. Even with aching joints, it’s not about food. Even with arthritis, diabetes, high blood pressure. It’s about your desire to flatten your life. It’s about the fact that you’ve given up without saying so. It’s about your belief that it’s not possible to live any other way — and you’re using food to act that out without ever having to admit it.
― Geneen Roth

Mindfulness isn’t difficult, we just need to remember to do it.
― Sharon Salzberg

Health isn’t about being β€œperfect” with food or exercise or herbs. Health is about balancing those things with your desires. It’s about nourishing your spirit as well as your body.
― Golda Poretsky

Health is the greatest possession. Contentment is the greatest treasure. Confidence is the greatest friend.
― Lao Tzu

When you feel yourself to be in critical condition, you must treat yourself as gently as you would a sick friend.
― Julia Cameron

The spirit is one of the most neglected parts of man by doctors and scientists around the world. Yet, it is as vital to our health as the heart and mind. It’s time for science to examine the many facets of the soul. The condition of our soul is usually the source of many sicknesses.
― Suzy Kassem

Health makes good propaganda.
― Naomi Wolf

Man is more miserable, more restless and unsatisfied than ever before, simply because half his nature–the spiritual–is starving for true food, and the other half–the material–is fed with bad food.
― Paul Brunton

A person who is headstrong enough to open their eyes and their heart to the full depth and weight of the world is inviting in everything out there – both evil and good, both dark and light, and the sheer bravery of that openness enables them to gain profound insight into the human condition. It also fucks them up. It may even make them more prone to stick their head in an oven than to engage in self-promotional chitchat on Jay Leno.
― Patricia Pearson

It’s true that laughter really is cheap medicine. It’s a prescription anyone can afford. And best of all, you can fill it right now.
― Steve Goodier

Childbirth is normal until proven otherwise.
― Peggy Vincent

Save the Planet…Buy Organic.
― Nancy Philips

Getting fit is all about mind over matter. I don’t mind, so it doesn’t matter.
― Adam Hargreaves

It is important to keep in mind that our bodies must work pretty well, or their wouldn’t be so many humans on the planet.
― Ina May Gaskin

To wish a healthy man to die is the wish from a mind of sickness. To wish an ailing man to die is the wish of the ambitious.
― Roman Payne

I’d much rather have good teeth than have diamonds and roses drop out of my mouth whenever I said something.
― Patricia C. Wrede

…compulsive eating is basically a refusal to be fully alive. No matter what we weigh, those of us who are compulsive eaters have anorexia of the soul. We refuse to take in what sustains us. We live lives of deprivation. And when we can’t stand it any longer, we binge. The way we are able to accomplish all of this is by the simple act of bolting — of leaving ourselves — hundreds of times a day.
― Geneen Roth

Each patient carries his own doctor inside him.
― Norman Cousins


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.
― Wayne Fields

I never touch sugar, cheese, bread…
I only like what I’m allowed to like. I’m beyond temptation. There is no weakness. When I see tons of food in the studio, for us and for everybody, for me it’s as if this stuff was made out of plastic. The idea doesn’t even enter my mind that a human being could put that into their mouth. I’m like the animals in the forest. They don’t touch what they cannot eat.
― Karl Lagerfeld

What drains your spirit drains your body. What fuels your spirit fuels your body.
― Caroline Myss

Usually, we believe that our pain is a misfortune that needs to be fixed, but in fact, all pain (physical, mental, and emotional) is a necessary step towards becoming conscious.
― Mada Eliza Dalian

The First wealth is health.
― Ralph Waldo Emerson

It is easier to change a man’s religion than to change his diet.
― Margaret Mead

Regaining health is more difficult an objective then becoming ill. Becoming ill is a random act of ignorance and regaining health is an intentional effort in frustration.
― Richard Diaz

I don’t understand why asking people to eat a well-balanced vegetarian diet is considered drastic, while it is medically conservative to cut people open and put them on cholesterol lowering drugs for the rest of their lives.
― Dean Ornish

No disease that can be treated by diet should be treated with any other means.
― Maimonides

We should resolve now that the health of this nation is a national concern; that financial barriers in the way of attaining health shall be removed; that the health of all it’s citizens deserves the help of all the nation.
― Harry Truman

Will is a skill.
― Jillian Michaels

The body is wiser than its inhabitants. the body is the soul. the body is god’s messenger.
― Erica Jong

1 billion people in the world are chronically hungry. 1 billion people are overweight.
― Mark Bittman

Very simply, we subsidize high-fructose corn syrup in this country, but not carrots. While the surgeon general is raising alarms over the epidemic of obesity, the president is signing farm bills designed to keep the river of cheap corn flowing, guaranteeing that the cheapest calories in the supermarket will continue to be the unhealthiest.
― Michael Pollan

By choosing healthy over skinny you are choosing self-love over self-judgment. You are beautiful!
― Steve Maraboli

Don’t destroy yourself by allowing negative people add gibberish and debris to your character, reputation, and aspirations. Keep all dreams alive but discreet, so that those with unhealthy tongues won’t have any other option than to infest themselves with their own diseases.
― Michael Bassey Johnson

Eat healthily, sleep well, breathe deeply, move harmoniously.
― Jean-Pierre Barral

It’s a pretty amazing to wake up every morning, knowing that every decision I make is to cause as little harm as possible. It’s a pretty fantastic way to live.
― Colleen Patrick-Goudreau

I run because if I didn’t, I’d be sluggish and glum and spend too much time on the couch. I run to breathe the fresh air. I run to explore. I run to escape the ordinary. I run…to savor the trip along the way. Life becomes a little more vibrant, a little more intense. I like that.
― Dean Karnazes

An over-indulgence of anything, even something as pure as water, can intoxicate.
― Criss Jami

Be patient. Your skin took a while to deteriorate. Give it some time to reflect a calmer inner state. As one of my friends states on his Facebook profile: “The true Losers in Life, are not those who Try and Fail, but those who Fail to Try.”
― Jess C. Scott

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

I promise you nothing is as chaotic as it seems. Nothing is worth diminishing your health. Nothing is worth poisoning yourself into stress, anxiety, and fear.
― Steve Maraboli

Respect your body. Eat well. Dance forever.
― Eliza Gaynor Minden

No one wakes up in the morning and says, ‘I want to gain 150 pounds and I will start right now!’
― Tricia Cunningham

I am not my body. My body is nothing without me.
― Tom Stoppard

If we are creating ourselves all the time, then it is never too late to begin creating the bodies we want instead of the ones we mistakenly assume we are stuck with.
― Deepak Chopra

Money cannot buy health, but I’d settle for a diamond-studded
― Dorothy Parker

What was your favourite quote from this list?


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