Progress: He retired from doing business paperwork at the office to doing health paperwork at home.
Gluttony is the source of all our infirmities and the fountain of all our diseases. As a lamp is choked by a superabundance of oil, and a fire extinguished by excess of fuel, so is the natural health of the body destroyed by intemperate diet.
In Louis Klopsch, Many Thoughts of Many Minds (1896)
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.
I knew a man who gave up smoking, drinking, sex and rich food. He was healthy right up to the time he killed himself.
The trouble about always trying to preserve the health of the body is that it is so difficult to do so without destroying the health of the mind.
Never hurry; take plenty of exercise; always be cheerful, and take all the sleep you need, and you may expect to be well.
You don’t get ulcers from what you eat, but from what’s eating you.
Attributed to Dr. Albert Cliffe, however it may have originated with Dr. Joseph F. Montague as Dale Carnegie quotes a similar line in his book How to Stop Worrying and Start Living (1948).
True friendship is like sound health; the value of it is seldom known until it be lost.
Those who do not find time for exercise will have to find time for illness.
Speech given in Liverpool, 1873
Every violation of truth is not only a sort of suicide in the liar, but is a stab at the health of human society.
We forget ourselves and our destinies in health; and the chief use of temporary sickness is to remind us of these concerns.
Suggested remedy for the common cold: A good gulp of whiskey at bedtime — it’s not very scientific, but it helps.
True enjoyment comes from activity of the mind and exercise of the body; the two are united.
One out of four people in this country is mentally unbalanced. Think of your three closest friends; if they seem OK, then you’re the one.
The greatest of follies is to sacrifice health for any other kind of happiness.
Happiness? That’s nothing more than good health and a poor memory.
Hold fast then to this sound and wholesome rule of life; that you indulge the body only as far as is needful for good health.
Ad Lucilium Epistulae Morales
My doctor gave me two weeks to live. I hope they're in August.
I try to keep fit. I've got these parallel bars at home. I run at them and try to buy a drink from both of them.
Illness is the night-side of life, a more onerous citizenship. Everyone who is born holds dual citizenship, in the kingdom of the well and in the kingdom of the sick. Although we all prefer to use only the good passport, sooner or later each of us is obliged, at least for a spell, to identify ourselves as citizens of that other place.
Illness As Metaphor (1978)
We don’t want any child to go without seeing Santa, but it’s not worth bringing your child to the mall, infecting the Santa and infecting the other children.
When people discussed tonics, pick-me-ups after a severe illness, she kept to herself the prescription of a quick dip in bed with someone you liked but were not in love with. A shock of sexual astonishment which could make you feel astonishingly well and high spirited.
Not That Sort Of Girl (1987)
You have a cough? Go home tonight, eat a whole box of Ex-Lax - tomorrow you'll be afraid to cough.
A man too busy to take care of his health is like a mechanic too busy to take care of his tools.
The only way to get 30 minutes’ uninterrupted rest in a hospital is to ring for a nurse.