Quotes, sayings, proverbs about the nature of human health

There are no incurable diseases - only the lack of will
There are no worthless herbs - only the lack of knowledge

Attributed to Avicenna, other sources attribute to Chinese medicinal texts
HippocratesAvicenna (Ibn Sina)
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.


Health is worth more than learning.
Thomas Jefferson, letter to his cousin John Garland Jefferson, June 11, 1790

Life is short, the art long, opportunity fleeting, experiment treacherous, judgment difficult.

He who wants to improve finds the way
Those who does not - find the reasons


We may have found a cure for most evils;
but it has found no remedy for the worst of them all—the apathy of human beings.

Helen Keller

Dead flies cause the ointment of the apothecary to send forth a stinking savour:
so doth a little folly him that is in reputation for wisdom and honor

Bible. Ecclesiastes. Chapter 10

If you are wise, you will mingle one thing with the other:
not hoping without doubt,
not doubting without hope


To fear the worst oft(en) cures the worse

William Shakespeare

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure

Nothing can cure the Soul but the Senses, just as nothing can cure the Senses but the Soul

Oscar Wilde

Were I called on to define, very briefly, the term Art, I should call it
The reproduction of what the Senses perceive in Nature through the veil of the Soul

Edgar Allan Poe

Like a great poet,
Nature is capable of producing the most stunning effects with the smalles means
Henrich Heine

Why do you hasten to remove anything which hurts your eye,
while if something affects your Soul you postpone the cure until next year?


"All things are artificial, for nature is the Art of God"
Sir Thomas Browne. Religio Medici

True creativity often starts where language ends
Arthur Koestler. The act of Creation

Nature uses human imagination to lift her work of creation to even higher levels
Luigi Pirandello. Six Characters in Search of an Author

If people let government decide what foods they eat and what medicines they take,
their bodies will soon be in as sorry a state as are the souls of those who live under tyranny.
Thomas Jefferson

The vitamin has been reified. A chemical intangible originally
defined as a unit of nutritive value, it was long ago reified into a pill.
Now it is a pill; no one except a few precise scientists define it as anything else

Florence King. From Captain Marvel to Captain Valium (1989)

The trouble with tea is that originally it was quite a good drink.
So a group of the most eminent British scientists put their heads together,
and made complicated biological experiments to find a way of spoiling it.
To the eternal glory of British science their labour bore fruit.

George Mikes. How To Be An Alien (1946)

"Are you thus without understanding also? Don't you perceive that whatever goes into the man from outside can't defile him, because it ... goes into his stomach, then goes out of the body, thus making all foods clean?"
Bible. Gospel According to Mark [7.18, 7.19]

...Eat it with unleavened bread and bitter herbs
Bible. Numbers. Chapter 9

May food be your medicine and medicine - your food

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