- The first wealth is health.
The Conduct of Life (1860) ‘Power’ 1803–82 American philosopher and poet:
- Health is worth more than learning. 1743–1826 American Democratic Republican statesman, 3rd President 1801–9: letter to John Garland Jefferson, 11 June 1790
- Orandum est ut sit mens sana in corpore sano.
You should pray to have a sound mind in a sound body.
c.ad 60–c.140 Roman satirist: Satires no. 10, l. 356
- Non est vivere, sed valere vita est.
Life's not just being alive, but being well.
c.ad 40–c.104 Roman epigrammatist, born in Spain: Epigrammata bk. 6, no. 70
- A man dies and is buried, and all his words and actions are forgotten, but the food he has eaten lives after him in the sound or rotten bones of his children.
The Road to Wigan Pier (1937) ch. 6 1903–50 English novelist:
- 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.
Following the Equator (1897) ch. 39 1835–1910 American writer:
- 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.
The Compleat Angler (1653) pt. 1, ch. 21 1593–1683 English writer:
- To get back my youth I would do anything in the world, except take exercise, get up early, or be respectable.
The Picture of Dorian Grey (1891) ch. 19 1854–1900 Irish dramatist and poet: