The Nation’s Health

Sunday, April 26, 2020 – The Nation’s Health

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

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

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

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

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

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

Healthy people have a natural skill of avoiding feverish eyes. ~ Albert Camus

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

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

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

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

Man does not live by soap alone; and hygiene, or even health, is not much good unless you can take a healthy view of it or, better still, feel a healthy indifference to it. ~ G. K. Chesterton

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

Health is the state about which medicine has nothing to say. ~ W. H. Auden

Give me health and a day, and I will make the pomp of emperors ridiculous. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul. ~ John Muir

The art of healing comes from nature, not from the physician. Therefore the physician must start from nature, with an open mind. ~ Paracelsus

Attention to health is life’s greatest hindrance. ~ Plato

‘Tis healthy to be sick sometimes. ~ Henry David Thoreau

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

My body is like breakfast, lunch, and dinner. I don’t think about it, I just have it. ~ Arnold Schwarzenegger

I have never yet met a healthy person who worried very much about his health, or a really good person who worried much about his own soul. ~ John B. S. Haldane

It is better to lose health like a spendthrift than to waste it like a miser. ~ Robert Louis Stevenson

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

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

I always take Scotch whiskey at night as a preventive of toothache. I have never had the toothache; and what is more, I never intend to have it. ~ Mark Twain

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

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

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

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 and make you fat – in other words, turn you into an adult. ~ P. J. O’Rourke

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 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

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