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How to Be Healthy: Quotes from Famous People on Health

Updated on February 23, 2017
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Catherine Giordano is a public speaker and writer known for her inspirational essays and articles.

Health is Like the Interlocking Pieces of a Jig-Saw Puzzle.

Health can be seen as a jig-saw puzzle. You can’t see the whole picture until all the pieces are in place. And the pieces aren’t separate. They interlock. Think of the advice of famous people as the pieces in the jig saw puzzle.

A Jig-Saw Puzzle for Health

The four prescriptions for a healthy mind in a healthy body.
The four prescriptions for a healthy mind in a healthy body. | Source

The Preamble to the Constitution of the World Health Organization as adopted by the International Health Conference in 1948 states that “Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.”

The following inspirational quotes about health are organized into a discussion about a sound mind in a sound body followed by "The Four Prescriptions for Health."

A Sound Mind in a Sound Body

Good health arises from both the mind and the body.
Good health arises from both the mind and the body. | Source

Mens Sana in Corpore Sano

Philosophers, doctors, and people of wisdom have always known that the body cannot be healthy without the mind also being healthy. Likewise the mind cannot function well when the body is unhealthy.

Juvenal, a poet of ancient Rome, said “Mens sana in corpore sano”—a sound mind in a sound body. A sound mind requires control of attitude and emotions and positive social interactions. A sound body requires attention to nutrition, exercise, and the prevention and cure of disease.

Unhappiness and stress can wreak havoc on the immune system and thereby cause poor health. People can literally become sick with worry or die of a “broken-heart.”

The mind can have a placebo effect upon the body. Sometimes, you may be what you think you are.

Here are a few quotes about the interaction of the mind and body.

Buddha: Spiritual Leader

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

John Locke: Philosopher (17th century), physician

A sound mind in a sound body...he that has these two, had little more to wish for; and he that wants either of them, will be little the better for anything else.

Jean-Baptiste Molière: A 17th century French playwright

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

Rx for the Mind

One piece of the puzzle is a healthy attitude.
One piece of the puzzle is a healthy attitude. | Source

A Prescription for a Sound Mind

Having a positive attitude towards life can help create good health, or when you do become sick, it can help in effecting a cure. The well known placebo effect is an example of the mind healing the body.

Everyone needs to have relaxation and positive experiences to maintain a healthy mind. Take time to enjoy the beauty of nature; learn how to reduce stress in your life, cultivate friendships and love.

It is important to enjoy life. Oprah (actress, talk show host, entrepreneur) says “Cultivate an attitude of gratitude.’ My favorite dictum is “Find the joy.” (I don’t know if anyone has said this before me, so I’ll take credit for it.) It means that in every task or relationship, even those you dislike, you can always find something to like. Find that something and focus on that, not on the negative.

Seneca: Philosopher (Ancient Greece)

It is part of the cure to wish to be cured.

John Muir: Author and naturalist

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

Buddha: Spiritual leader

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

Cicero: Philosopher (Ancient Rome)

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

Author unknown

The “I” in illness is isolation, and the crucial letters in wellness are “we.”

Rx for a Healthy Body

One piece of the puzzle is a healthy body through proper diet, exercise, and rest.
One piece of the puzzle is a healthy body through proper diet, exercise, and rest. | Source

A Prescription for a Sound Body

So far, we have been focusing on the “mind” part of the proverb. Now let’s focus on the “body” part.

We need to take care of our bodies. That means good nutrition, regular physical exercise, and getting enough sleep.

Jim Rohn: Entrepreneur, author and motivational speaker

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

Hippocrates: Physician (Ancient Greece)

Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.

Benjamin Franklin: Founding Father, printer, scientist, inventor

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

Adelle Davis: Nutritionist, author

We are indeed much more than what we eat, but what we eat can nevertheless help us to be much more than what we are.

Michael Pollan: Author of In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto

Don’t eat anything your great-great grandmother wouldn’t recognize as food. There are a great many food-like items in the supermarket your ancestors wouldn’t recognize as food, stay away from these.

John F.Kennedy: 35th president of the United States

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.

Edward Stanley: Earl of Derby (1826-93), British statesman

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

Kenneth H. Cooper: Doctor, author

We do not stop exercising because we grow old - we grow old because we stop exercising.

Rx for Healing

One piece of the puzzle is to focus on healing.
One piece of the puzzle is to focus on healing. | Source

A Prescription for Healing

When we get sick, doctors have expertise and medicine for us. I’m in favor of regular check-ups and tests so that disease can be caught early and treated. (I’m a breast cancer survivor. I survived because a mammogram found my breast cancer early.)

Follow your doctor’s advice, but use the advice found in the previous quotes to supplement the doctor’s work and to prevent sickness.

The best thing we can do for our health is not to get sick in the first place. Even doctors want that for us.

William J. Mayo: Doctor, founder of the Mayo Clinic

The aim of medicine is to prevent disease and prolong life, the ideal of medicine is to eliminate the need of a physician.

Albert Schweitzer: Physician, philosopher, theologian

Every patient carries her of his own doctor inside.

Thomas Edison: Inventor

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.

Quentin Regestein: MD, Psychiatry

Don't take your body to the doctor as if he were a repair shop.

O. Carl Simonton: MD, Oncologist

Healing is simply attempting to do more of those things that bring joy and fewer of those things that bring pain.

Dr Fabrizio Mancini: Doctor, author

The greatest miracle on Earth is the human body. It is stronger and wiser than you may realize, and improving its ability to self heal is within your control.

Rx for Laughter

One piece of the puzzle is laughter.
One piece of the puzzle is laughter. | Source

A Prescription for Laughter

Have you heard the expression “Laughter is the best medicine”? Laughter improves health by providing relief from tension. It helps us to put things into perspective. It provides an aerobic workout for the body. It facilitates social interactions. .

Lots of people have funny things to say about the quest for health. Just remember, "Many a true word is spoken in jest.” (Chaucer in The Monk's Tale)

Johnny Carson: TV talk show host

I know a man who gave up smoking, drinking, sex, and rich food. He was healthy right up to the day he killed himself.

Doug Larson: Journalist

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

Cher: Singer and actress

Fitness--if it came in a bottle, everybody would have a great body.

Mark Twain: Author

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 druther not.

Randy Glasbergen: Cartoonist

What fits your busy schedule better, exercising one hour a day or being dead 24 hours a day?

Robert M Hutchins: Educator

Whenever I feel like exercise, I lie down until the feeling passes.

W. C. Fields: Actor, humorist

I cook with wine. sometimes I even add it to the food.

See Why Laughter is Good for You: Physically, Emotionally and Socially for more information about the benefits of laughter.

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      Catherine Giordano 2 years ago from Orlando Florida

      Thank MariannesWhims: I'm glad you noticed the puzzle pieces. I was quite proud of myself for that idea. Laughter is the best medicine. Thanks for commenting.

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      Marianne Gardner 2 years ago from Pacific NW, USA

      The way you used the puzzle pieces in your article are so unique and are attention-getters. I enjoyed the laughter section's quotes.

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      Catherine Giordano 2 years ago from Orlando Florida

      So glad to hear you like quotes, billybuc. I only recently started collecting quotes and I'm enjoy it very much. Have you seen my other quotes hubs on happiness, love, and success?

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I'm a sucker for quote collections. I've been blessed with good health, but I don't take it for granted, so I live a healthy lifestyle, both physically and emotionally. It helps!

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      Catherine Giordano 2 years ago from Orlando Florida

      Blossom: Thank you for your comment. I hope it left you feeling inspired.

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      Catherine Giordano 2 years ago from Orlando Florida

      MsDora: I hadn't thought about the "wish to be cured" that way. You make a very good point. I thought of it as not wanting to do what you need to do in order to be cured.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 2 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      Thanks for an interesting and informative hub.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 2 years ago from The Caribbean

      "It is part of the cure to wish to be cured." This is the one I'm taking with me, although they're all very good. Sometimes we don't wish to be cured, because we don't know we're sick. This a call to pay attention. Thanks!

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      Catherine Giordano 2 years ago from Orlando Florida

      Dil: Multitasking to make time for exercise . Good for you. I hope reading the quotes had y pedaling just a little harder. You inspired me to get on my bike now.

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      Catherine Giordano 2 years ago from Orlando Florida

      Ann; I very much enjoyed your comments. I'm glad you mentioned the jig-saw puzzle analogy. I thought I was quite clever to think that one up. I'm glad you enjoyed the quotes. Thank you so much for sharing the hub.

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      Dilip Chandra 2 years ago from India

      Read your hub.. I just liked some quotes. Guess what, I am cycling and reading hubs and gone through your hub. Inspiring it is my friend.!

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      Ann Carr 2 years ago from SW England

      Great hub full of wise words; yours and the quotes!

      Laughter is certainly a stress-buster. I can feel its benefits immediately, especially after having a prolonged time with the children; we laugh a lot together.

      Stress ties up my stomach. Fortunately I have far less stress now and realise that life is for living and giving and seeing the positive side. It's amazing what a difference that makes.

      I like the jigsaw analogy; visual explanations like that bring the concept home.

      I hope the people who need this actually read it, therefore I'm sharing so that it reaches a few more.