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Inspiring Quotes on Health, Life & Balance

Danish health proverb

What is ‘holistic health’? According to the dictionary, the word holistic is defined as: “characterized by comprehension of the parts of something as intimately interconnected and explicable only by reference to the whole.” So, when we use the word in reference to our health, what we mean is the picture of health that includes not only the obvious physical factors, but mental, emotional, social, and even spiritual factors as well.

In today’s modern world, many of our systems and customs seem to be organized in a way that separates the different facets of health- for example, a nutritionist might recommend ways to eat healthfully, and a therapist might recommend ways to cope with stress, but often, there is little to no crossover guidance, or framework for fitting the pieces together as a whole.

It seems that we have forgotten the idea that health encompasses not just the absence of physical disease, but involves healthy habits, thoughts, coping mechanisms, and peaceful ways of relating to our environment and to others.

At Instphil, we’re committed to the vision of holistic health: it can be broken down into parts, but each part is ultimately inextricable from the whole. With this vision in mind, we’ve selected 20 of our favorite quotes to share with others on their journey to a well-balanced life:

Health Quotes

Gandhi health quote "It is health that is real wealth and not pieces of gold and silver"

“It is health that is real wealth and not pieces of gold and silver.” – Mahatma Gandhi

“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

“What is called genius is the abundance of life and health.” – Henry David Thoreau

“I think you might dispense with half your doctors if you would only consult Dr. Sun more.” – Henry Ward Beecher

“Joy and temperance and repose, slam the door on the doctor’s nose.” – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

“There’s lots of people in this world who spend so much time watching their health that they haven’t the time to enjoy it.” – Josh Billings

Joshua Millburn health quote "Health is a vehicle, not a destination"

“Health is a vehicle, not a destination.” – Joshua Fields Millburn

“Good humor is the health of the soul, sadness is its poison.” – Philip Stanhope

“Doctors won’t make you healthy. Nutritionists won’t make you slim. Teachers won’t make you smart. Gurus won’t make you calm. Mentors won’t make you rich. Trainers won’t make you fit. Ultimately, you have to take responsibility. Save yourself.” – Naval Ravikant

“When the heart is at ease, the body is healthy.” – Chinese Proverb

“Life is like a tree and its root is consciousness. Therefore, once we tend the root, the tree as a whole will be healthy.” – Deepak Chopra

Dalai Lama health quote "Happiness is the highest form of health"

“Happiness is the highest form of health.” – Dalai Lama

“I believe that the greatest gift you can give your family and the world is a healthy you.” – Joyce Meyer

“He who has health has hope; and he who has hope has everything.” – Arabian Proverb

“A good laugh and a long sleep are the best cures in the doctor’s book.”– Irish Proverb

“Your health is what you make of it. Everything you do and think either adds to the vitality, energy and spirit you possess or takes away from it.” – Ann Wigmore

“Nobody can be in good health if he does not have all the time fresh air, sunshine and good water.” – Flying Hawk

Seneca health quote "The wish for healing has always been half of health"

“The wish for healing has always been half of health.” – Seneca

“Moderation. Small helpings. Sample a little bit of everything. These are the secrets of happiness and good health.” – Julia Child

“Happiness is nothing more than good health and a bad memory.” – Albert Schweitzer

“Health is the thing that makes you feel that now is the best time of year.” – Franklin P. Adams

“When a man is ill his very goodness is sickly.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

“Thou shouldst eat to live, not live to eat.” – Socrates

“After dinner rest a while; after supper walk a mile.” – T. Cogan

Hippocrates quote "Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food"

“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” – Hippocrates

“Health is the greatest gift, contentment the greatest wealth, faithfulness the best relationship.” – Buddha

“The art of medicine consists of amusing the patient while nature cures the disease.”– Voltaire

“No time for your health today, no health for your time tomorrow.” – Thibaut

“So many people spend their health gaining wealth, and then have to spend their wealth to regain their health.” – A.J. Reb Materi

“The best six doctors anywhere and no one can deny it are sunshine, water, rest, air, exercise and diet.”– Wayne Fields

English health proverb "An apple a day keeps the doctor away"

“An apple a day keeps the doctor away.” – English Proverb

“The best and most efficient pharmacy is within your own system.” – Robert C. Peale

“Healing is a matter of time, but it is sometimes also a matter of opportunity.” – Hippocrates

“It’s better to be healthy alone than sick with someone else.” – Phil McGraw

“The best doctors gives the least medicine.” – Benjamin Franklin

“The groundwork for all happiness is good health.” – Leigh Hunt

Matt Purcell quote "Health is more about wellness rather than sickness"

“Health is more about wellness rather than sickness.” – Matt Purcell

“A man too busy to take care of his health is like a mechanic too busy to take care of his tools.” – Spanish Proverb

“It is part of the cure to want to be cured.” – Seneca

“Look to your health; and if you have it, praise God, and value it next to a good conscience; for health is the second blessing that we mortals are capable of; a blessing that money cannot buy.” – Izaak Walton

“Poor health is not caused by something you don’t have; it’s caused by disturbing something that you already have. Healthy is not something that you need to get, it’s something you have already if you don’t disturb it.” – Dean Ornish

“When wealth is lost, nothing is lost; when health is lost, something is lost; when character is lost, all is lost.” – Billy Graham

Erasmus health quote "Prevention is better than cure"

“Prevention is better than cure.” – Erasmus

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

“Love is not as important as good health. You cannot be in love if you’re not healthy. You can’t appreciate it.” – Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad

“There is one consolation in being sick; and that is the possibility that you may recover to a better state than you were ever in before.” – Henry David Thoreau

“Our greatest happiness does not depend on the condition of life in which chance has placed us, but is always the result of a good conscience, good health, occupation, and freedom in all just pursuits.” – Thomas Jefferson

Thomas fuller quote "Health is not valued until sickness comes"

“Health is not valued until sickness comes.” – Thomas Fuller

“Health is the first muse, comprising the magical benefits of air, landscape, and bodily exercise on the mind.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Use your health, even to the point of wearing it out. That is what it is for. Spend all you have before you die; do not outlive yourself.” – George Bernard Shaw

“Water, air, and cleanness are the chief articles in my pharmacy.” – Napoleon Bonaparte

“Look up, laugh loud, talk big, keep the color in your cheek and the fire in your eye, adorn your person, maintain your health, your beauty and your animal spirits.” – William Hazlitt

Danish health proverb "Fresh air impoverishes the doctor"

“Fresh air impoverishes the doctor.” – Danish Proverb

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

“There is something in sickness that breaks down the pride of manhood.” – Charles Dickens

“Illness tells us what we are.” – Italian Proverb

“Health consists with temperance alone.” – Alexander Pope

“Nothing is more fatal to health, than an over care of it.” – Benjamin Franklin

John Steinbeck health quote "A sad soul can kill you quicker than a germ"

“A sad soul can kill you quicker than a germ.” – John Steinbeck

“Three things in life – your health, your mission, and the people you love. That’s it.” – Naval Ravikant

“Early to bed and early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise.” – Benjamin Franklin

“Sickness – nature’s vengeance for violating her laws.” – Charles Simmons

“In order to change we must be sick and tired of being sick and tired.” – Unknown

“Before healing others, heal yourself.” – Gambian Proverb

Plato health quote "The part can never be well unless the whole is well"

“The part can never be well unless the whole is well.” – Plato

“True friendship is like sound health; the value of it is seldom known until it is lost.” – Charles Caleb Colton

“Good health and good sense are two of life’s greatest blessings.” – Publilius Syrus

“The only way to keep your health is to eat what you don’t want, drink what you don’t like, and do what you’d rather not.” – Mark Twain

“The biggest disease today is not leprosy or tuberculosis, but rather the feeling of being unwanted.” – Mother Teresa

“The greatest of follies is to sacrifice health for any other kind of happiness.” – Arthur Schopenhauer

Carl Jung health quote "Man needs difficulties; they are necessary for health"

“Man needs difficulties; they are necessary for health.” – Carl Jung

Quotes about Healthy Bodies

“Keeping your body healthy is an expression of gratitude to the whole cosmos – the trees, the clouds, everything.” – Thich Naht Hanh

“A fit body, a calm mind, a house full of love. These things cannot be bought – they must be earned.” – Naval Ravikant

Lailah Gifty Akita quote "Let your body be your holy temple"

“Let your body be your holy temple.” – Lailah Gifty Akita

“It is exercise alone that supports the spirits, and keeps the mind in vigor.” – Marcus Tulius Cicero

“If we could give every individual the right amount of nourishment and exercise, not too little and not too much, we would have found the safest way to health.” – Hippocrates

“Your body holds deep wisdom. Trust in it. Learn from it. Nourish it. Watch your life transform and be healthy.” – Bella Bleue

“I stand in awe of my body.” – Henry David Thoreau

“Physical fitness is not only one of the most important keys to a healthy body, it is the basis of dynamic and creative intellectual activity.” – John F. Kennedy

"Walking is the best possible exercise. Habituate yourself to walk very far"

“Walking is the best possible exercise. Habituate yourself to walk very far.” – Thomas Jefferson

“Yoga means addition – addition of energy, strength and beauty to body, mind and soul.” – Amit Ray

“Your body is the church where Nature asks to be reverenced.” – Marquis de Sade

“Your body is a temple, but only if you treat it as one.” – Astrid Alauda

“Sedentary people are apt to have sluggish minds. A sluggish mind is apt to be reflected in flabbiness of body and in a dullness of expression that invites no interest and gets none.” – Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy

“Wellness is the compete integration of body, mind, and spirit – the realization that everything we do, think, feel, and believe has an effect on our state of well-being.” – Greg Anderson

Jim Rohn health quote "Take care of your body. It’s the only place you have to live"

“Take care of your body. It’s the only place you have to live.” – Jim Rohn

“Health is a state of complete harmony of the body, mind and spirit. When one is free from physical disabilities and mental distractions, the gates of the soul open.” – B.K.S. Iyengar

“A feeble body weakens the mind.” – Jean-Jacques Rousseau

“Our bodies are our gardens – our wills are our gardeners.” – William Shakespeare

“A man grows most tired while standing still.” – Chinese Proverb

“The scientific truth may be put quite briefly; eat moderately, having an ordinary mixed diet, and don’t worry.” – Robert Hutchison

"Health is a state of body. Wellness is a state of being"

“Health is a state of body. Wellness is a state of being.” – J. Stanford

“The human body is the best picture of the human soul.” – Tony Robbins

“The doctor of the future will give no medicines, but will interest his patients in the care of the human frame, in diet, and in the causes and prevention of disease.” – Thomas Edison

“Leave all the afternoon for exercise and recreation, which are as necessary as reading. I will rather say more necessary because health is worth more than learning.” – Thomas Jefferson

“A singer’s body is his instrument, and I believe in keeping my instrument finely tuned.” – Wayne Newton, National Lampoon’s Vegas Vacation
"A fit, healthy body – that is the best fashion statement"

“A fit, healthy body – that is the best fashion statement.” – Jess C. Scott

“The human body has been designed to resist an infinite number of changes and attacks brought about by its environment. The secret of good health lies in successful adjustment to changing stresses on the body.” – Harry J. Johnson

“Take care of your mind, your body will thank you. Take care of your body, your mind will thank you.” – Debbie Hampton

“He who takes medicine and neglects to diet wastes the skill of his doctors.” – Chinese Proverb

“No matter how much it gets abused, the body can restore balance. The first rule is to stop interfering with nature.” – Deepak Chopra

“Rest when you’re weary. Refresh and renew yourself, your body, your mind, your spirit. Then get back to work.” – Ralph Marston

Kevin Trudeau quote "Most people have no idea how good their body is designed to feel"

“Most people have no idea how good their body is designed to feel.” – Kevin Trudeau

“Lack of activity destroys the good condition of every human being, while movement and methodical physical exercise save it and preserve it.” – Plato

“Our growing softness, our increasing lack of physical fitness, is a menace to our security.” – John F. Kennedy

“We do not stop exercising because we grow old – we grow old because we stop exercising. “ – Kenneth Cooper

“Criticism may not be agreeable, but it is necessary. It fulfills the same function as pain in the human body. It calls attention to an unhealthy state of things.” – Winston Churchill

“The patient should be made to understand that he or she must take charge of his own life. Don’t take your body to the doctor as if he were a repair shop.” – Quentin Regestein

"Sleep is that golden chain that ties health and our bodies together"

“Sleep is that golden chain that ties health and our bodies together.” – Thomas Dekker

“Those who think they have no time for healthy eating… will sooner or later have to find time for illness.” – Edward Stanley

“Know, then, whatever cheerful and serene supports the mind supports the body too.” – John Armstrong

“The higher your energy level, the more efficient your body. The more efficient your body, the better you feel and the more you will use your talent to produce outstanding results.” – Tony Robbins

“A healthy body is a guest chamber for the soul: a sick body is a prison.” – Francis Bacon

“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

Naomi Judd health quote "Your body hears everything your mind says"

“Your body hears everything your mind says.” – Naomi Judd

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

“Exercise is king. Nutrition is queen. Put them together and you’ve got a kingdom.” – Jack Lalanne

“Health is a relationship between you and your body.” – Unknown

Quotes about Healthy Minds

When we are depressed, anxious, grieving, or going through any kind of transition, our physical health often suffers. These health quotes are dedicated to the mind, as a healthy mind is often the first step toward a healthy body.

“Health is a large word. It embraces not the body only, but the mind and spirit as well; …and not today’s pain or pleasure alone, but the whole being and outlook of a man.” – James H. West

“We are healthy only to the extent that our ideas are humane.” – Kurt Vonnegut

Martin Fishcer quote "Disease is somatic; the suffering from it, psychic"

“Disease is somatic; the suffering from it, psychic.” – Martin Fischer

“Diseases of the soul are more dangerous and more numerous than those of the body.” – Marcus Tulius Cicero

“If you have health, you probably will be happy, and if you have health and happiness, you have all the wealth you need, even if it is not all you want.” – Elbert Hubbard

“Never continue in a job you don’t enjoy. If you’re happy in what you’re doing, you’ll like yourself, you’ll have inner peace. And if you have that, along with physical health, you will have had more success than you could possibly have imagined.” – Johnny Carson

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

William Hardcastle Brown quote "Health and cheerfulness are brothers"

“Health and cheerfulness are brothers.” – William Hardcastle Brown

“To keep the body in good health is a duty otherwise we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear.” – Buddha

“In minds crammed with thoughts, organs clogged with toxins, and bodies stiffened with neglect, there is just no space for anything else.” – Alison Levy

“Money doesn’t mean anything to me. I’ve made a lot of money, but I want to enjoy life and not stress myself building my bank account. I give lots away and live simply, mostly out of a suitcase in hotels. We all know that good health is much more important.” – Keanu Reeves

“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

"I have chosen to be happy because it is good for my health"

“I have chosen to be happy because it is good for my health.” – Voltaire

“The mind has great influence over the body, and maladies often have their origin there.” – Jean Baptiste Moliere

“Health and cheerfulness naturally beget each other.” – Joseph Addison

“If I had not been already been meditating, I would certainly have had to start. I’ve treated my own depression for many years with exercise and meditation, and I’ve found that to be a tremendous help.” – Judy Collins

“Mental health isn’t all of me, but it’s a massive part of my journey and a massive part of my whole being.” – Adwoa Aboah

“People who laugh actually live longer than those who don’t laugh. Few persons realize that health actually varies according to the amount of laughter.” – James J. Walsh

Caroline Myss healing quote "The soul always knows what to do to heal itself"

“The soul always knows what to do to heal itself. The challenge is to silence the mind.” – Caroline Myss

“The existence of illness in the body may no doubt be called a shadow of the true illness which is held by man in his mind.” – Hazrat Khan

“The power of community to create health is far greater than any physician, clinic or hospital.” – Mark Hyman

“Cheerfulness is the best promoter of health and is as friendly to the mind as to the body.” – Joseph Addison

“The trouble with always trying to preserve the health of the body is that it is so difficult to do without destroying the health of the mind.” – G.K. Chesterton

"The ability to be in the present moment is a major component of mental wellness"

“The ability to be in the present moment is a major component of mental wellness.” – Abraham Maslow

“The root of all health is in the brain. The trunk of it is in emotion. The branches and leaves are the body. The flower of health blooms when all parts work together.” – Kurdish Proverb

“If man thinks about his physical or moral state he usually discovers that he is ill.” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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

“A sound mind in a sound body, is a short, but full description of a happy state in this world: he that has these two, has little more to wish for; and he that wants either of them, will be little the better for anything else.”– John Locke

Lalah Delia health quote "Self-care is how you take your power back"

“Self-care is how you take your power back.” – Lalah Delia

“A great hallmark of mental wellness is the ability to be in the present moment, fully and with no thoughts of being elsewhere.” – Wayne Dyer

“With every pill we have prescribed for us we should also be given a creative prayer, a suggested way to correct our destructive patterns of thought.” – Ernest Holmes

“You can look in the mirror and find a million things wrong with yourself. Or you can look in the mirror and think, ‘I feel good, I have my health, and I’m so blessed.’ That’s the way I choose to look at it.” – Isla Fisher

“Every symptom has a story to tell about your life. A fascinating story, that can reveal the complex links between your body, mind, emotions and spirit.” – Kristina Turner

Ovid health quote "He who can believe himself well, will be well"

“He who can believe himself well, will be well.” – Ovid

“It’s so important to realize that every time you get upset, it drains your emotional energy. Losing your cool makes you tired. Getting angry a lot messes with your health.” – Joyce Meyer

“Switch your mentality from ‘I’m broken and helpless’ to ‘I’m growing and healing’ and watch how your life changes, for the better.” – Reyna Biddy, A Psalm for Us

“Illness is the result of imbalance. Imbalance is a result of forgetting who you are. Forgetting who you are creates thoughts and actions that lead to an unhealthy lifestyle and eventually to illness…. Illness can thus be understood as a lesson you have given yourself to help you remember who you are.” – Barbara Brennan

George William Curtis health quote "Happiness lies, first of all, in health"

“Happiness lies, first of all, in health.” – George William Curtis

“Most of us would be upset if we were accused of being ‘silly.’ But the word ‘silly’ comes from the old English word ‘selig’ and its literal definition is ‘to be blessed, happy, healthy and prosperous’.” – Zig Ziglar

“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

“The chief condition on which life, health, and vigor depend on, is action. It is by action that an organism develops its faculties, increases its energy, and attains the fulfillment of its destiny.” – Colin Powell

“The really important thing is not to live, but to live well… and to live well means the same thing as to live honorably or rightly.” – Socrates

Louise Erdrich wellness quote "I got well by talking"

“I got well by talking. Death could not get a word in edgewise, grew discouraged, and traveled on.” – Louise Erdrich

“True silence is the rest of the mind, and is to the spirit what sleep is to the body, nourishment and refreshment.” – William Penn

“Happily we are learning that the mind has to do with the misdeeds of the body, and that there are no more valuable therapeutic agents than cheerfulness, happiness, and hope.” – Olive Thorne Miller

“If you want to enjoy health, start this very moment to cleanse your consciousness of all wrong thinking and rid it of every thought except the thought of love.” – James B. Schafer

“In a disordered mind, as in a disordered body, soundness of health is impossible.” – Marcus Tulius Cicero

"Having a healthy mind is just as important as a healthy body"

“Having a healthy mind is just as important as a healthy body.” – Unknown

Humorous Health Quotes

"Be careful about reading health books. You may die of a misprint"

“Be careful about reading health books. You may die of a misprint.” – Mark Twain

“I know a man who gave up smoking, drinking, sex, and rich food. He was healthy right up to the day he killed himself.” – Johnny Carson

“Don’t eat anything your great-great grandmother wouldn’t recognize as food.” – Michael Pollan

“If I’d known I was going to live this long, I’d have taken better care of myself.” – Eubie Blake

“I drive way too fast to worry about cholesterol.” – Steven Wright

“After these two, Dr. Diet and Dr. Quiet, Dr. Merryman is requisite to preserve health.” – James Howell

Dr Seuss health quote "You’re in pretty good shape for the shape you are in"

“You’re in pretty good shape for the shape you are in.” – Dr. Seuss

“If you do everything you should do, and do not do anything you should not do, you will, according to the best available statistics, live exactly eighteen hours longer than you would otherwise.” – Logan Clendinning

“If you don’t take care of yourself, the undertaker will overtake that responsibility for you.” – Carrie Latet

“It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society.” – Jiddu Krishnamurti

“Don’t eat anything incapable of rotting.” – Michael Pollan

“If one’s bowels move, one is happy; and if they don’t move, one is unhappy. That is all there is to it!”– Lin Yutang

"Rule No.37: the whiter the bread, the sooner you’ll be dead"

“Rule No.37: the whiter the bread, the sooner you’ll be dead.” – Michael Pollan

“To be stupid and selfish and to have good health are the three requirements for happiness. Though if stupidity is lacking, the others are useless.” – Stefan Sagmeister

“I reckon being ill as one of the great pleasures of life, provided one is not too ill and is not obliged to work till one is better.” – Samuel Butler

“Good health is not something we can buy. However, it can be an extremely valuable savings account.” – Anne Wilson Schaef

“The second day of a diet is always easier than the first. By the second day you’re off it.” – Jackie Gleason

“Doctors are always working to preserve our health and cooks to destroy it, but the latter are the more often successful.” – Denis Diderot

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

“Money cannot buy health, but I’d settle for a diamond-studded wheelchair.” – Dorothy Parker

“First need in the reform of hospital management? That’s easy! The death of all dietitians, and the resurrection of a French chef.” – Martin Fischer

“Health is merely the slowest way someone can die.” – Unknown

“Exercise is a dirty word. Every time I hear it, I wash my mouth out with chocolate.” – Charles M. Schulz

“Life expectancy would grow by leaps and bounds if green vegetables smelled as good as bacon.” – Doug Larson

“Health of body and mind is a great blessing, if we can bear it.” – John Henry Cardinal Newman

Joan Welsh funny health quote "A man’s health can be judged by which he takes two at a time – pills or stairs"

“A man’s health can be judged by which he takes two at a time – pills or stairs.” – Joan Welsh

“Many people treat their bodies as if they were rented from Hertz – something they are using to get around in but nothing they genuinely care about understanding.” – Chungliang Al Huang

We hope you’ve enjoyed this huge selection of health quotes. Whether it’s taking the time to practice proper self-care, encouraging you to plan your meals in advance, or giving the push you need to get out there and get active, instphil.org is here to offer you the support you need! So if you’re reading this on charlesmilander.com, it’s been stolen and republished without our permission.

Remember, our health is an invaluable asset: investing in it is the best investment you could ever make!

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