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Get inspired to be healthy with the best health quotes to help you value good health.

Managing our health can be challenging at times. We are encouraged to be proactive, to take regular check-up appointments, and make use of the latest screening techniques to ensure that we stay healthy and well for as long as possible.

To be healthy, we have to find the perfect balance of physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual wellbeing. So are the best health quotes to inspire you to be healthy and enjoy your health more on every level.

Top 10 Health Quotes

Health and cheerfulness naturally beget each other.

Joseph Addison

Health is the thing that makes you feel that now is the best time of year.

Franklin P. Adams
Joshua Millburn quote "Health is a vehicle not a destination"
“Health is a vehicle, not a destination.” – Joshua Fields Millburn

No time for your health today, no health for your time tomorrow.


What is called genius is the abundance of life and health.

Henry David Thoreau

Happiness is the highest form of health.

Dalai Lama
Alexander Pope quote "Health consists with temperance alone"
“Health consists with temperance alone.” – Alexander Pope

It is health that is real wealth and not pieces of gold and silver.

Mahatma Gandhi

Man needs difficulties; they are necessary for health.

Carl Jung

Quotes about Health

Health is a state of physical, mental and social well-being. When we are healthy, we are free of illness, disease, or infirmity.

A healthy diet and regular exercise are essential for maintaining a healthy body. But health is about much more than having a body that is free of disease.

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

Health is more about wellness rather than sickness.

Matt Purcell

Health is a relationship between you and your body.

Thomas Fuller quote "Health is not valued until sickness comes"
“Health is not valued until sickness comes.” – Thomas Fuller

He who has health has hope; and he who has hope has everything.

Arabian Proverb

Health is the first muse, comprising the magical benefits of air, landscape, and bodily exercise on the mind.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

There’s lots of people in this world who spend so much time watching their health that they haven’t the time to enjoy it.

Josh Billings

Health is a state of complete harmony of the body, mind and spirit. When one is free from physical disabilities and mental distractions, the gates of the soul open.

B.K.S. Iyengar

Health is the greatest gift, contentment the greatest wealth, faithfulness the best relationship.


If we could give every individual the right amount of nourishment and exercise, not too little and not too much, we would have found the safest way to health.


I have chosen to be happy because it is good for my health.


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

Publilius Syrus

Your health is what you make of it. Everything you do and think either adds to the vitality, energy and spirit you possess or takes away from it.

Ann Wigmore

Look to your health; and if you have it, praise God, and value it next to a good conscience; for health is the second blessing that we mortals are capable of; a blessing that money cannot buy.

Izaak Walton

Three things in life – your health, your mission, and the people you love. That’s it.

Naval Ravikant
William Hardcastle Brown quote "Health and cheerfulness are brothers"
“Health and cheerfulness are brothers.” – William Hardcastle Brown

The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, not to worry about the future, or not to anticipate troubles, but to live in the present moment wisely and earnestly.


People who are always taking care of their health are like misers who are hoarding a treasure which they have never spirit enough to enjoy.

Laurence Sterne

When wealth is lost, nothing is lost; when health is lost, something is lost; when character is lost, all is lost.

Rev. Billy Graham

View health as an investment, not an expense.

John Quelch

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

Jiddu Krishnamurti

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

Leave all the afternoon for exercise and recreation, which are as necessary as reading. I will rather say more necessary because health is worth more than learning.

Thomas Jefferson

In health there is freedom. Health is the first of all liberties.

Henri Frederic Amiel

Give a man health and a course to steer, and he’ll never stop to trouble about whether he’s happy or not.

Terri Guillemets

The power of community to create health is far greater than any physician, clinic or hospital.

Mark Hyman

Good Health Quotes

Nobody can be in good health if he does not have all the time fresh air, sunshine and good water.

Flying Hawk

Health is the state about which medicine has nothing to say.

W. H. Auden
Dalai Lama quote "Happiness is the highest form of health"
“Happiness is the highest form of health.” – Dalai Lama

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

Albert Schweitzer

The groundwork for all happiness is good health.

Leigh Hunt

If you want to read more about happiness, you can also check out our 175 Happiness Quotes to Make You Happy for more great lines on being happier.

Good humor is the health of the soul, sadness is its poison.

Philip Stanhope

Love is not as important as good health. You cannot be in love if you’re not healthy. You can’t appreciate it.

Bryan Cranston,
Breaking Bad

Moderation. Small helpings. Sample a little bit of everything. These are the secrets of happiness and good health.

Julia Child

Our greatest happiness does not depend on the condition of life in which chance has placed us, but is always the result of a good conscience, good health, occupation, and freedom in all just pursuits.

Thomas Jefferson

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

Publilius Syrus

The greatest of follies is to sacrifice health for any other kind of happiness.

Arthur Schopenhauer

Health is the first muse, comprising the magical benefits of air, landscape, and bodily exercise on the mind.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Cheerfulness is the best promoter of health and is as friendly to the mind as to the body.

Joseph Addison

Those obsessed with health are not healthy; the first requisite of good health is a certain calculated carelessness about oneself.

Sydney J. Harris

Joy and temperance and repose, slam the door on the doctor’s nose.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Olivia Newton-John quote "Family, nature, and health all go together"
“Family, nature, and health all go together.” – Olivia Newton-John

What drains your spirit drains your body. What fuels your spirit fuels your body.

Caroline Myss

Funny Health Quotes

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

Mark Twain

Don’t eat anything your great-great grandmother wouldn’t recognize as food.

Michael Pollan

If you do everything you should do, and do not do anything you should not do, you will, according to the best available statistics, live exactly eighteen hours longer than you would otherwise.

Logan Clendinning

If you don’t take care of yourself, the undertaker will overtake that responsibility for you.

Carrie Latet

To be stupid and selfish and to have good health are the three requirements for happiness. Though if stupidity is lacking, the others are useless.

Stefan Sagmeister

You’re in pretty good shape for the shape you are in.

Dr. Seuss

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

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

Anne Wilson Schaef

The second day of a diet is always easier than the first. By the second day you’re off it.

Jackie Gleason

Doctors are always working to preserve our health and cooks to destroy it, but the latter are the more often successful.

Denis Diderot

Exercise is a dirty word. Every time I hear it, I wash my mouth out with chocolate.

Charles Schulz
"Health of body and mind is a great blessing if we can bear it"
“Health of body and mind is a great blessing, if we can bear it.” – John henry Newman

I drive way too fast to worry about cholesterol.

Steven Wright

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

Doug Larson

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

Joan Welsh

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

Older people shouldn’t eat health food, they need all the preservatives they can get.

Robert Orben

If you think health care is expensive now, just wait ’til it’s free.

P. J. O’Rourke

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

Robert Redford

If these funny health quotes still have you looking for laughs, you’ll also love our 300 Funny Quotes to make You Laugh and keep them coming.

Healthy Lifestyle Quotes

I believe that the greatest gift you can give your family and the world is a healthy you.

Joyce Meyer

Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.


Doctors won’t make you healthy. Nutritionists won’t make you slim. Teachers won’t make you smart. Gurus won’t make you calm. Mentors won’t make you rich. Trainers won’t make you fit. Ultimately, you have to take responsibility. Save yourself.

Naval Ravikannt

It’s better to be healthy alone than sick with someone else.

Phil McGraw

With age comes the understanding and appreciation of your most important asset, your health.

Oprah Winfrey
Gro Harlem Brundtland quote "Health is the core of human development"
“Health is the core of human development.” – Gro Harlem Brundtland

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

Spanish Proverb

Healthy citizens are the greatest asset any country can have.

Winston Churchill

Nothing is more fatal to health, than an over care of it.

Benjamin Franklin

Early to bed and early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise.

Benjamin Franklin

Lack of activity destroys the good condition of every human being, while movement and methodical physical exercise save it and preserve it.


The only way to keep your health is to eat what you don’t want, drink what you don’t like, and do what you’d rather not.

Mark Twain

Our growing softness, our increasing lack of physical fitness, is a menace to our security.

John F. Kennedy

Exercise is king. Nutrition is queen. Put them together and you’ve got a kingdom.

Jack Lalanne

The really important thing is not to live, but to live well… and to live well means the same thing as to live honorably or rightly.


Don’t eat anything incapable of rotting.

Michael Pollan

Moderation. Small helpings. Sample a little bit of everything. These are the secrets of happiness and good health.

Julia Child

As long as I have health and strength, I will gladly work all my days.

Frederic Chopin
"Prevention is better than cure"
“Prevention is better than cure.” – Desiderius Erasmus

We should be concerned not only about the health of individual patients, but also the health of our entire society.

Ben Carson

The power of community to create health is far greater than any physician, clinic or hospital.

Mark Hyman

Healthy Body Quotes

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

Chinese Proverb

Life is like a tree and its root is consciousness. Therefore, once we tend the root, the tree as a whole will be healthy.

Deepak Chopra

Keeping your body healthy is an expression of gratitude to the whole cosmos – the trees, the clouds, everything.

Thich Naht Hanh

Take care of your mind, your body will thank you. Take care of your body, your mind will thank you.

Debbie Hampton

A fit body, a calm mind, a house full of love. These things cannot be bought – they must be earned.

Naval Ravikant

A fit, healthy body – that is the best fashion statement.

Jess C. Scott

The human body is the best picture of the human soul.

Tony Robbins

It is exercise alone that supports the spirits, and keeps the mind in vigor.

Marcus Tulius Cicero

Your body holds deep wisdom. Trust in it. Learn from it. Nourish it. Watch your life transform and be healthy.

Bella Bleue

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

Julius Erving
"Let your body be your holy temple"
“Let your body be your holy temple.” – Lailah Gifty Akita

A healthy body is a guest chamber for the soul: a sick body is a prison.

Francis Bacon

I stand in awe of my body.

Henry David Thoreau

If we are creating ourselves all the time, then it is never too late to begin creating the bodies we want instead of the ones we mistakenly assume we are stuck with.

Deepak Chopra

Physical fitness is not only one of the most important keys to a healthy body, it is the basis of dynamic and creative intellectual activity.

John F. Kennedy

Most people have no idea how good their body is designed to feel.

Kevin Trudeau

The body is a sacred garment.

Martha Graham

No matter how much it gets abused, the body can restore balance. The first rule is to stop interfering with nature.

Deepak Chopra

Our bodies are our gardens – our wills are our gardeners.

William Shakespeare

The human body has been designed to resist an infinite number of changes and attacks brought about by its environment. The secret of good health lies in successful adjustment to changing stresses on the body.

Harry J. Johnson

Your body is the church where Nature asks to be reverenced.

Marquis de Sade

Your body is a temple, but only if you treat it as one.

Astrid Alauda

Sedentary people are apt to have sluggish minds. A sluggish mind is apt to be reflected in flabbiness of body and in a dullness of expression that invites no interest and gets none.

Rose Kennedy
"Your body hears everything your mind says"
“Your body hears everything your mind says.” – Naomi Judd

Know, then, whatever cheerful and serene supports the mind supports the body too.

John Armstrong

A singer’s body is his instrument, and I believe in keeping my instrument finely tuned.

Wayne Newton,
National Lampoon’s Vegas Vacation

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.

Tony Robbins

Take care of your body. It’s the only place you have to live.

Jim Rohn

A feeble body weakens the mind.

Jean-Jacques Rousseau

Healthy Mind Quotes

Health is a large word. It embraces not the body only, but the mind and spirit as well; and not today’s pain or pleasure alone, but the whole being and outlook of a man.

James H. West

We are healthy only to the extent that our ideas are humane.

Kurt Vonnegut

The key to a healthy life is having a healthy mind.

Richard Davidson

Disease is somatic; the suffering from it, psychic.

Martin Fischer

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

Marcus Tullius Cicero

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


The mind has great influence over the body, and maladies often have their origin there.

Jean Baptiste Moliere

The existence of illness in the body may no doubt be called a shadow of the true illness which is held by man in his mind.

Hazrat Khan

The ability to be in the present moment is a major component of mental wellness.

Abraham Maslow

The root of all health is in the brain. The trunk of it is in emotion. The branches and leaves are the body. The flower of health blooms when all parts work together.

Kurdish Proverb
Robert Urich quote "A healthy outside starts from the inside"
“A healthy outside starts from the inside.” – Robert Urich

Objection, evasion, joyous distrust, and love of irony are signs of health; everything absolute belongs to pathology.

Friedrich Nietzsche

A sound mind in a sound body, is a short, but full description of a happy state in this world: he that has these two, has little more to wish for; and he that wants either of them, will be little the better for anything else.

John Locke

A great hallmark of mental wellness is the ability to be in the present moment, fully and with no thoughts of being elsewhere.

Wayne Dyer

Happiness lies, first of all, in health.

George William Curtis

Happily we are learning that the mind has to do with the misdeeds of the body, and that there are no more valuable therapeutic agents than cheerfulness, happiness, and hope.

Olive Thorne Miller

If you want to enjoy health, start this very moment to cleanse your consciousness of all wrong thinking and rid it of every thought except the thought of love.

James B. Schafer

In a disordered mind, as in a disordered body, soundness of health is impossible.

Marcus Tullius Cicero

Health is not a condition of matter, but of mind.

Mary Baker Eddy

Wellness Quotes

Wellness is a term we hear a lot these days, but did you know there is actually a Global Wellness Institute? They define wellness as “the active pursuit of activities, choices, and lifestyles that lead to holistic health.”

The key here is the term holistic health. Wellness encompasses much more than just physical health. It involves taking responsibility for mental, emotional, spiritual, social, and environmental choices as well.

These wellness quotes show how every aspect of wellness contributes to overall health and wellbeing.

Wellness is the compete integration of body, mind, and spirit – the realization that everything we do, think, feel, and believe has an effect on our state of well-being.

Greg Anderson

The concept of total wellness recognizes that our every thought, word, and behavior affects our greater health and well-being. And we, in turn, are affected not only emotionally but also physically and spiritually.

Greg Anderson

Wellness is a connection of paths: knowledge and action.

Joshua Holtz

I think you might dispense with half your doctors if you would only consult Dr. Sun more.

Henry Ward Beecher

An apple a day keeps the doctor away.

English Proverb

The best and most efficient pharmacy is within your own system.

Robert C. Peale

The best doctors gives the least medicine.

Benjamin Franklin
"Health is a state of body. Wellness is a state of being"
“Health is a state of body. Wellness is a state of being.” – J. Stanford

It’s important to point out that mental health is more about wellness rather than sickness.

Matt Purcell

When a man is ill his very goodness is sickly.

Friedrich Nietzsche

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

T. Cogan

The art of medicine consists of amusing the patient while nature cures the disease.


The best six doctors anywhere and no one can deny it are sunshine, water, rest, air, exercise and diet.

Wayne Fields

Fresh air impoverishes the doctor.

Danish Proverb

The doctor of the future will give no medicines, but will interest his patients in the care of the human frame, in diet, and in the causes and prevention of disease.

Thomas Edison

The patient should be made to understand that he or she must take charge of his own life. Don’t take your body to the doctor as if he were a repair shop.

Quentin Regestein

The scientific truth may be put quite briefly; eat moderately, having an ordinary mixed diet, and don’t worry.

Robert Hutchison

Most of us would be upset if we were accused of being ‘silly.’ But the word ‘silly’ comes from the old English word ‘selig’ and its literal definition is ‘to be blessed, happy, healthy and prosperous’.

Zig Ziglar

Sleep is that golden chain that ties health and our bodies together.

Thomas Dekker

Those who think they have no time for healthy eating… will sooner or later have to find time for illness.

Edward Stanley

Every symptom has a story to tell about your life. A fascinating story, that can reveal the complex links between your body, mind, emotions and spirit.

Kristina Turner

The chief condition on which life, health, and vigor depend on, is action. It is by action that an organism develops its faculties, increases its energy, and attains the fulfillment of its destiny.

Colin Powell

Wellbeing Quotes

You might be surprised to learn there is a difference between wellness and wellbeing. People often use the terms interchangeably, but one leads to the other.

Wellbeing is a state of being that we achieve through wellness. Health plays a huge role in our wellbeing, as it’s hard to feel happy, content, and successful when our bodies are unhealthy.

These wellbeing quotes explore how health plays a role in the way we feel and interact with the world through our daily activities.

The part can never be well unless the whole is well.


Wellbeing is about the combination of our love for what we do each day, the quality of our relationships, the security of our finances, the vibrancy of our physical health, and the pride we take in what we have contributed to our communities. Most importantly, it’s about how these five elements interact.

Tom Rath
"It is part of the cure to want to be cured"
“It is part of the cure to want to be cured.” – Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Never continue in a job you don’t enjoy. If you’re happy in what you’re doing, you’ll like yourself, you’ll have inner peace. And if you have that, along with physical health, you will have had more success than you could possibly have imagined.

Johnny Carson

So many people spend their health gaining wealth, and then have to spend their wealth to regain their health.

A.J. Reb Materi

Nurturing yourself is not selfish – it’s essential to your survival and your well-being.

Renee Peterson Trudeau

Look up, laugh loud, talk big, keep the color in your cheek and the fire in your eye, adorn your person, maintain your health, your beauty and your animal spirits.

William Hazlitt

You can look in the mirror and find a million things wrong with yourself. Or you can look in the mirror and think, ‘I feel good, I have my health, and I’m so blessed.’ That’s the way I choose to look at it.

Isla Fisher

Knowing that we can be loved exactly as we are gives us all the best opportunity for growing into the healthiest of people.

Fred Rogers

When health is absent, wisdom cannot reveal itself, art cannot manifest, strength cannot fight, wealth becomes useless, and intelligence cannot be applied.


True silence is the rest of the mind, and is to the spirit what sleep is to the body, nourishment and refreshment.

William Penn

To continue to work, to continue to love what you do, is certainly a contributing element to one’s longevity and health.

John Williams

In minds crammed with thoughts, organs clogged with toxins, and bodies stiffened with neglect, there is just no space for anything else.

Alison Levy

You are not a mistake. You are not a problem to be solved. But you won’t discover this until you are willing to stop banging your head against the wall of shaming and caging and fearing yourself.

Geneen Roth

If I had not been already been meditating, I would certainly have had to start. I’ve treated my own depression for many years with exercise and meditation, and I’ve found that to be a tremendous help.

Judy Collins

Mental health isn’t all of me, but it’s a massive part of my journey and a massive part of my whole being.

Adwoa Aboah

People who laugh actually live longer than those who don’t laugh. Few persons realize that health actually varies according to the amount of laughter.

James J. Walsh

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

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
"Good humor is the health of the soul, sadness is its poison"
“Good humor is the health of the soul, sadness is its poison.” – Philip Stanhope, 4th Earl of Chesterfield

Self-care is how you take your power back.

Lalah Delia

Self-care is not selfish. You cannot serve from an empty vessel.

Eleanor Brown

A fit body, a calm mind, a house full of love. These things cannot be bought – they must be earned.

Naval Ravikannt

Physical fitness is not only one of the most important keys to a healthy body, it is the basis of dynamic and creative intellectual activity.

John F. Kennedy

Healing Quotes

Healing is a matter of time, but it is sometimes also a matter of opportunity.


There is one consolation in being sick; and that is the possibility that you may recover to a better state than you were ever in before.

Henry David Thoreau

The wish for healing has always been half of health.

Lucius Annaeus Seneca

The greatest healing therapy is friendship and love.

Hubert H. Humphrey

The soul always knows what to do to heal itself. The challenge is to silence the mind.

Caroline Myss

Rest when you’re weary. Refresh and renew yourself, your body, your mind, your spirit. Then get back to work.

Ralph Marston

Healing yourself is connected with healing others.

Yoko Ono

He who can believe himself well, will be well.


It’s so important to realize that every time you get upset, it drains your emotional energy. Losing your cool makes you tired. Getting angry a lot messes with your health.

Joyce Meyer

Part of the healing process is sharing with other people who care.

Jerry Cantrell
Dean Ornish quote "Awareness is the first step in healing.
“Awareness is the first step in healing.” – Dean Ornish

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

Irish Proverb

Nothing is so healing as the human touch.

Bobby Fischer

Switch your mentality from ‘I’m broken and helpless’ to ‘I’m growing and healing’ and watch how your life changes, for the better.

Reyna Biddy,
A Psalm for Us

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

Joy and temperance and repose, slam the door on the doctor’s nose.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Water, air, and cleanness are the chief articles in my pharmacy.

Napoleon Bonaparte

We hope you’ve enjoyed this selection of health quotes and sayings, and have a better understanding how valuable your health is – and how to improve it!

Remember, our health is an invaluable asset: investing in it is the best investment you could ever make.

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Quincy Seale

Quincy is KIM's editor, and has collected and shared inspiring quotes and stories since 2005. Quincy holds an MBA from the University of Dundee and an MSc from the University of Edinburgh, and lives in San Antonio with his wife Natalie, son Alex, and his dog Oban.

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