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Health Quotes: 36 Quotes About Physical And Mental Health

Health represents more than the absence of illness - it requires balance between oneself and the environment

Health is not merely the absence of illness but a series of behaviors and habits which allow us to live harmoniously with our environment as well as inhabit a balanced body. Many health quotes illustrate both mental and physical health, and we have compiled a list with the 36 most inspiring phrases and famous statements.


Famous health quotes

We have included inspirational quotes about mental and physical health which might help bring awareness and self-confidence. 


1. "Health is not a condition of matter, but of mind." Mary Baker Eddy

While illness manifests in our bodies, the concept of health references our attitudes and behavior towards it. 

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

For our mental health, it's vital to  live in the present  and not dwell on the past. 

3. "Through the bitterness of illness one knows the sweetness of health." Catalan proverb

This health quote reminds us of the common mistake we tend to make which is only to appreciate our health in moments of illness.

4. "Good health and good sense are two of life's greatest blessings." Publilio Siro

What Publilio Siro may have wanted to suggest is that making healthy decisions is the mark of wise people.


William Shakespear
Health quotes - Hippocrates

The Hippocratic doctor practiced medicine by listening carefully to their patients' story and observing in great detail all symptoms. The patient was also asked to pay close attention to the reactions in their body.  This customized approach that focused on patient education and empowerment could help many people in our days, as diseases that are linked to our lifestyle are increasing. 

6. “Our bodies are our gardens to which our wills are gardeners.” William Shakespeare

To blossom and be healthy, we must first remove all the weeds, or bad habits, from our lives. 

7. “To ensure good health: eat lightly, breathe deeply, live moderately, cultivate cheerfulness, and maintain an interest in life.” William Londen

Londen was able to skilfully sum up most of life's key advice in this superb health quote. 

8. "Sleep is that golden chain that ties health and our bodies together." Thomas Dekker

Sleep plays a vital role in good health  and well-being throughout our lives. Getting enough quality sleep at the right times can help protect our mental health, physical health, quality of life, and safety. 

9. "Without health life is not life; it is only a state of languor and suffering – an image of death." Sidarta Gautama

Many people that suffer incurable or terrible diseases would probably agree with this famous quote by Buddha. 


Joseph Addison
Health quotes - B.K.S. Iyengar

Attaining a state of peace is impossible without health and well being. 

11. "Health and cheerfulness naturally beget each other." Joseph Addison

Joseph Addison astutely pointed out that  being healthy generates happiness  and that being happy, or cheerful, gives way to a healthy organism. 

12. "Take care of your body. It's the only place you have to live." Jim Rohn

We should aim to take care of our bodies with the same tenacity we work to take care of our homes.

13. “Health is a relationship between you and your body” Terri Guillemets

Although it may seem common sense, Terri Guillemets makes an excellent point to highlight the importance of the most intimate relationship we have, which is with our bodies. 

14. "The healthy and strong individual is the one who asks for help when he needs it. Whether he's got an abscess on his knee or in his soul." Rona Barrett

Being isolated, and lacking an emotional life could represent a risk for our mental health; denying treatment is also a factor that worsens any illness we may have. 

15. "It's better to be healthy alone than sick with someone else." Phil McGraw

Sometimes, it's best to stay away from toxic people who pose a threat to our health.

16. "No medicine cures what happiness cannot." Gabriel García Márquez

Mental health can be more beneficial for our overall wellbeing than any prescription treatment. 


Mahatma Gandhi
Health quotes - Og Mandino |

The most common regret that dying people have had is not spending more time with their loved ones. 

18. "It is health that is real wealth and not pieces of gold and silver." Mahatma Gandhi

Money does have its role in the world; however, when it comes to inner peace health is more valuable. 

19. “Sickness comes on horseback but departs on foot” Dutch saying

Many times, illness comes suddenly, and treatment is strenuous. Perhaps we should try and prevent as many medical conditions as we can by leading a moderately healthy lifestyle.

20.  "Diseases of the soul are more dangerous and more numerous than those of the body." Cicero

Illnesses such as major depression, schizophrenia, or addiction could be more dangerous for our health that many physical conditions. 

21. 'Health of body and mind is a great blessing if we can bear it.' John Henry Cardinal Newman

Although our wellbeing depends on our health, achieving it, many times, requires a great effort. 

22. "The groundwork of all happiness is health." Leigh Hunt

The balance between a healthy body and a healthy mind is fundamental for our quality of life. 


Lucio Anneo Seneca
Health quotes - Fryderyk Chopin

The Polish musician was madly passionate for his work, which is something we should all strive for.

24. "The wish for healing has always been half of health." Lucio Anneo Séneca

Without a doubt, those who disregard their health will have a hard time maintaining it. 

25. "Before healing others, heal yourself" Gambian saying

It's difficult to help others solve issues that we, ourselves, struggle with in our own lives. 

26. "Thou should eat to live; not live to eat"  Socrates

Food can be a great source of pleasure, but when eaten in excess, they frequently cause problems. 

27. "Open your heart if you want to live forever." Bulgarian saying 

Healthy relationships improve our mental and physical health and increase our life expectancy. 

28. "There's a lot of people in this world who spend so much time watching their health that they haven't the time to enjoy it." Josh Billings

This health quote, in particular, rings true as  we should all aim to lead a healthier lifestyle.  

29.   "Your body is a temple, but only if you treat it as one." Astrid Alauda

A peaceful, healthy life is the best thing we can offer our bodies. 


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Healthy quotes - Betsy Hodges

Although, naturally, we are all free to prioritize our health as we see fit. 

31. "The art of healing comes from nature, not from the physician."  Paracelsus

In reality, prescription treatments are nothing than a modern and glorified version of naturally-occurring chemicals. 

32. “I did not become a vegetarian for my health, I did it for the health of the chickens.” Isaac Bashevis Singer

An original way of expressing one's reasons for choosing not to eat meat. 

33. "Those who think they have not time for bodily exercise will sooner or later have to find time for illness." Edward Stanley

Although maintaining good health requires hard work and dedication, we always regret not doing it at the time of getting ill. 

34. "People who don't know how to keep themselves healthy ought to have the decency to get themselves buried, and not waste time about it." Henrik Ibsen

The famous Norwegian playwright bestowed upon us this original yet brusque statement. 


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Health quotes - Doug Larson

Who would dare argue with Larson?

36."Being healthy is just the slowest possible way of dying." Unknown

Quite a peculiar way of looking at healthy living. 


  • This article about "Healthy Quotes" was originally published in Spanish in Frasespedia