Health Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old health quotes, health sayings, and health proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

A merry heart doeth good like a medicine, but a broken spirit drieth the bones.      

Proverbs 17:22

Better ten times ill than one time dead.     

Yiddish (on health and wellness)

Before healing others, heal yourself.     

Gambian (on health and wellness)

A man with a cough cannot conceal himself.      

African proverb Yoruba Tribe

When the heart is at ease, the body is healthy.     

Chinese (on health and wellness)

Sometimes the remedy is worse than the disease.      

Francis Bacon

A man's health can be judged by which he takes two at a time - pills or stairs.     

Joan Welsh

The foundation of success in life is good health: that is the substratum fortune; it is also the basis of happiness. A person cannot accumulate a fortune very well when he is sick.     

P. T. Barnum

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


Good health is not something we can buy. However, it can be an extremely valuable savings account.     

Anne Wilson Schaef

Good health and good sense are two of life's greatest blessings.     

Publilius Syrus

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

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

Albert Schweitzer

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

Mark Twain

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

Ill-health of body or of mind, is defeat. Health alone is victory. Let all men, if they can manage it, contrive to be healthy!     

Thomas Carlyle

The ingredients of health and long life, are great temperance, open air, easy labor, and little care.     

Sir Philip Sidney

A wise man should consider that health is the greatest of human blessings, and learn how by his own thought to derive benefit from his illnesses.     


If you don't do what's best for your body, you're the one who comes up on the short end.     

Julius Erving

Health is the greatest of all possessions; a pale cobbler is better than a sick king.     

Isaac Bickerstaff

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.     

Anthony Robbins

A man too busy to take care of his health is like a mechanic too busy to take care of his tools.     


To become a thoroughly good man is the best prescription for keeping a sound mind and a sound body.     

Francis Bowen

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

The healthy, the strong individual, is the one who asks for help when he needs it. Whether he has an abscess on his knee or in his soul.     

Rona Barrett

A good laugh and a long sleep are the best cures in the doctor's book.     

Irish Proverb

Adapt the remedy to the disease.      

Chinese Proverb

After dinner rest a while; after supper walk a mile.      

T. Cogan

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.      


Eat to live, not live to eat.