Healthy Thoughts

Sunday, May 7, 2017 – Healthy Thoughts

To preserve health is a moral and religious duty, for health is the basis of all social virtues. We can no longer be useful when we are not well. ~ Samuel Johnson

Quit worrying about your health. It’ll go away. ~ Robert Orben

As a people, we have become obsessed with health. There is something fundamentally, radically unhealthy about all this. We do not seem to be seeking more exuberance in living as much as staving off failure, putting off dying. We have lost all confidence in the human body. ~ Lewis Thomas, The Medusa and the Snail, 1979

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. ~ Susan Sontag, Illness as Metaphor, 1977

In the future we’ll all have 15 minutes of fame and 15 minutes of healthcare. ~ Nicole Hollander

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

Capital is reckless of the health or length of life of the laborer, unless under compulsion from society. ~ Karl Marx

Sometimes I get the feeling the aspirin companies are sponsoring my headaches. ~ Terri Guillemets

One of the first duties of the physician is to educate the masses not to take medicine. ~ Sir William Osler

My good health is due to a soup made of white doves. It is simply wonderful as a tonic. ~ Chiang Kai-shek

We are healthy only to the extent that our ideas are humane. ~ Kurt Vonnegut, Breakfast of Champions

A human being has a natural desire to have more of a good thing than he needs. ~ Mark Twain

Excess on occasion is exhilarating. It prevents moderation from acquiring the deadening effect of a habit. ~ W. Somerset Maugham

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

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, The Way of All Flesh, 1903

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

Health nuts are going to feel stupid someday, lying in hospitals dying of nothing. ~ Redd Foxx

Be careful about reading health books. You may die of a misprint. ~ Mark Twain

Red meat is not bad for you. Now blue-green meat, that’s bad for you! ~ Tommy Smothers

They claim red meat is bad for you. But I never saw a sick-looking tiger. ~ Chi Chi Rodriguez

Like everybody else, when I don’t know what else to do, I seem to go in for catching colds. ~ George Jean Nathan

If man thinks about his physical or moral state he usually discovers that he is ill. ~ Goethe

I am pretty sure that, if you will be quite honest, you will admit that a good rousing sneeze, one that tears open your collar and throws your hair into your eyes, is really one of life’s sensational pleasures. ~ Robert Benchley

In the face of such overwhelming statistical possibilities hypochondria has always seems to me to be the only rational position to take on life. ~ John Diamond

It’s no longer a question of staying healthy. It’s a question of finding a sickness you like. ~ Jackie Mason

Now there are more overweight people in America than average-weight people. So overweight people are now average. Which means you’ve met your New Year’s resolution. ~ Jay Leno

Health consists of having the same diseases as one’s neighbors. ~ Quentin Crisp

The devil has put a penalty on all things we enjoy in life. Either we suffer in health or we suffer in soul or we get fat. ~ Albert Einstein

If you are young and you drink a great deal it will spoil your health, slow your mind, make you fat – in other words, turn you into an adult. ~ P. J. O’Rourke

Health is the greatest possession. Contentment is the greatest treasure. Confidence is the greatest friend. Non-being is the greatest joy. ~ Lao Tzu

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

Older people shouldn’t eat health food; they need all the preservatives they can get. ~ Robert Orben

To be stupid, selfish, and have good health are three requirements for happiness, though if stupidity is lacking, all is lost. ~ Gustave Flaubert

The seven deadly sins: Want of money, bad health, bad temper, chastity, family ties, knowing that you know things, and believing in the Christian religion. ~ Samuel Butler

I did not become a vegetarian for my health. I did it for the health of the chickens. ~ Isaac Bashevis Singer

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, Man and Superman

Half the modern drugs could well be thrown out the window, except that the birds might eat them. ~ Martin H. Fischer

Health food may be good for the conscience but Oreos taste a hell of a lot better. ~ Robert Redford

With a lot of hair and make-up then I’m possibly, remotely attractive. But it’s rare, I don’t think I’m ugly but I’m nothing particularly special. I’m not a yoga and health girl. I don’t exercise that much and I eat crap and smoke and bite my nails. ~ Lisa Marie Presley

One always has the idea of a stupid man as perfectly healthy and ordinary, and of illness as making one refined and clever and unusual. ~ Thomas Mann

Societies need to have one illness which becomes identified with evil, and attaches blame to its victims. ~ Susan Sontag

What worse illness can there be than acute conventionality? You should pray every night that you don’t wake up with it. ~ George Weinberg

Happiness is nothing more than good health and a bad memory. ~ Albert Schweitzer

The true index of a man’s character is the health of his wife. ~ Cyril Connolly

I have the body of an eighteen year old. I keep it in the fridge. ~ Spike Milligan

Wine is the most healthful and most hygienic of beverages. ~ Louis Pasteur

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