Quotes for
the Journey:


Health is not simply the
absence of sickness.

Hannah Green


The witch doctor succeeds for the same reason all the rest of us succeed.  Each patient carries his or her own doctor inside him or her.  They come to us not knowing that truth.  We are at our best when we give the doctor who resides within each patient a chance to go to work.       -Albert Schweitzer


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

My contention is that as long as you have other faculties--the emotional, psychological, intuitive faculties--you haven't lost yourself or even diminished yourself.  Don't be ashamed when you're physically limited or dysfunctional; don't think that you're any less because of your condition.  In fact, I feel I am even more myself than I was before I got this illness because I have been able to transcend many of the psychological and emotional limitations I had before I developed ALS.      -Morrie Schwartz

The poorest person would not part with health for money, but the richest would gladly part with all his or her money for health.       -Charles C. Colton

Remember that the body is the temple of the soul.  Those who mistreat the body tend to mistreat the soul within.  Observe vital health laws, such as exercise, healthy diet, and self-control.       -Susan Santucci

Health is a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease and infirmity.       -World Health Organization

You can find examples of how little we value ourselves everywhere you look.  The signs on the front of the convenience stores where Stephen lives in Florida tell the story.  Beer, ice, bread and milk are the big come-ons.  The order of the words varies, but beer and ice are always two of the top four staples for sale.  If we were all taking care of ourselves, wouldn't the convenience stores compete for our dollars with signs that read "Fruit, Vegetables, Bread, Milk"?        -Bernie Siegel

There are 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
One of the most unfortunate things that has come to us through what we call "higher civilization" is the killing of faith in our power of disease resistance.  In our large cities people make great preparations for sickness.  They expect it, anticipate it and consequently have it.  It is only a block or two to a physician; a drug-store is on every other corner, and the temptation to send for the physician or to get drugs at the slightest symptom of illness tends to make them more and more dependent on outside help and less able to control their physical discords.
   During the frontier days there were little villages and hamlets which physicians rarely entered, and here the people were strong and healthy and independent.  They developed great powers of disease resistance.
   There is no doubt that the doctor habit in many families has a great deal to do with the developing of unfortunate physical conditions in the child.  Many mothers are always calling the doctor whenever there is the least sign of disturbance in the children.  The result is that the child grows up with this disease picture, doctor picture, medicine picture in its mind, and it influences its whole life.        -Orison Swett Marden

You have a wonderful machine as a body that can do things that we don't even notice, but that make life a beautiful experience.  Keep it healthy; treat it well.  Healthy people have a stronger sense of self, and have higher self-esteem.  As a result, they treat others differently, and they face challenges with more confidence and hope for positive outcomes.  You are a beautiful gift to the rest of us, and we want you to be happy and fulfilled, and we want you to be able to do whatever you wish to do, without the artificial restraints of an unhealthy body.
   Whenever I begin neglecting my health (and believe me, I do), I just have to read an article by someone with a chronic disease or see a person in a wheelchair who will never enjoy the thrill of running on a chilly spring morning to make me realize that I'm not doing what I should with my gift.  How are you treating the gift that you've been given?       -Tom Walsh


If you want to be healthy, do not imagine so vain a thing as decrepitude.  Make your body perfect by seeing perfection in it.  Transient patching up with lotions and external applications is foolish; the work must be inner transformation.     -Charles Fillmore
Thousands upon thousands of persons have studied disease.  Almost no one has studied health.     -Adele Davis
Poor health is not caused by something you don't have; it's caused by disturbing something that you already have.  Healthy is not something that you need to get, it's something you have already if you don't disturb it.     -Dean Ornish
Your health is bound to be affected if, day after day, you say the opposite of what you feel, if you grovel before what you dislike and rejoice at what brings you nothing but misfortune.     -Boris Pasternak
When we begin to trust ourselves more, the body begins to renew itself and becomes healthy and filled with life energy.     -Shakti Gawain
The more I can love everything--the trees, the land, the water, my fellow men, women, and children, and myself--the more health I am going to experience and the more of myself I am going to be.     -Carl Simonton
Our ignorance in attaining health lies chiefly in not knowing what to put in our stomachs.     -Lillian Taylor
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
The foundation of success in life is good health; that is the substratum of fortune; it is also the basis of happiness.  A person cannot accumulate a fortune very well when he or she is sick.  That person has no ambition, no incentive, no force.     -P.T. Barnum
Health is not physical or material but is spiritual.  Behind the normal habit of mental and physical action lies a Mind consciously alive with the Life of good--active with the activity of the spirit.     -William R. Miller
People throughout the world are doing great damage to themselves by holding sickness-producing attitudes compounded with defeat, fear, guilt and hatred.  Obviously a most important technique of good health , especially mental health, is to rid the mind of unhealthy thoughts.  Bernard Baruch said, "Two things are bad for the heart:  running up stairs and running down people."  This is true not only of the heart, but of the entire physical being.
-John Marks Templeton, Worldwide Laws of Life
It is a religious duty to maintain health.  Eating and drinking, sleeping and waking, and exercise not outside the province of religion.  They are as much a part of it as prayer and worship and daily work.  They vitally affect temper and temperament and the way people look at the world.  A healthy body makes for a healthy soul.  It is essential to the finest and fullest kind of life.     -Robert J. McCracken
For millennia, shamans and witch doctors made no distinction between physical, emotional and spiritual healing.  To them, all symptoms were signs of something awry in the individual's relationship with the larger universe of spirits and animal powers.     -Katy Butler
If anything is sacred the human body is sacred.     -Walt Whitman
But what avail the largest gifts of Heaven,
When drooping health and spirits go amiss?
How tasteless then whatever can be given!
Health is the vital principle of bliss.

James Thompson
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 are capable of; a blessing that money cannot buy.     -Izaak Walton
Most illnesses do not, as is generally thought, come like a bolt out of the blue.  The ground is prepared for years, through faulty diet, intemperance, overwork, and moral conflicts, slowly eroding the subject's vitality.  And when at last the illness suddenly shows itself, it would be a most superficial medicine which treated it without going back to its remote causes, to all that I call "personal problems."
   There are personal problems in every life.  There are secret tragedies in every heart.
   "People do not die," a doctor has remarked.  "They kill themselves."     -Paul Tournier
Health is not a condition of matter, but of Mind; nor can the material senses bear reliable testimony on the subject of health.     -Mary Baker Eddy
Health is so necessary to all duties, as well as the pleasures of life, that the crime of squandering it is equal to folly.     -Samuel Johnson
Think health, talk health, visualize health and better health will be your reward.     -Paavo Airola
Health is the soul that animates all the enjoyments of life, which fade and are tasteless without it.     -William Temple
The time will come when the work of the physician will not be to treat and attempt to heal the body, but to heal the mind, which in turn will heal the body.  The true physician will be a teacher; his or her work will be to keep people well, instead of trying to heal them after sickness.     -Ralph W. Trine


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