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  1. The first wealth is health.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson 1803–82 American philosopher and poet: The Conduct of Life (1860) ‘Power’
  2. Health is worth more than learning.
    Thomas Jefferson 1743–1826 American Democratic Republican statesman, 3rd President 1801–9: letter to John Garland Jefferson, 11 June 1790
  3. Orandum est ut sit mens sana in corpore sano.
    You should pray to have a sound mind in a sound body.
    Juvenal c.ad 60–c.140 Roman satirist: Satires no. 10, l. 356
  4. Non est vivere, sed valere vita est.
    Life's not just being alive, but being well.
    Martial c.ad 40–c.104 Roman epigrammatist, born in Spain: Epigrammata bk. 6, no. 70
  5. 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.
    George Orwell 1903–50 English novelist: The Road to Wigan Pier (1937) ch. 6
  6. 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.
    Mark Twain 1835–1910 American writer: Following the Equator (1897) ch. 39
  7. 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 1593–1683 English writer: The Compleat Angler (1653) pt. 1, ch. 21
  8. To get back my youth I would do anything in the world, except take exercise, get up early, or be respectable.
    Oscar Wilde 1854–1900 Irish dramatist and poet: The Picture of Dorian Grey (1891) ch. 19