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WORDS OF WELLNESS: A Treasury of Quotations for Well-Being

Words of WellnessGrouped into 120 alphabetized categories (from “Achievement” to “Mind and Body” to “Young and Old”), this collection of more than 2,000 highly enlightening, inspiring and often humorous quotations covers all aspects of health—be it mental, physical, spiritual or emotional health. Let the great minds of the ages stimulate your well-being with their words of wellness.


Excerpts from Words of Wellness


It’s all right to drink like a fish—if you drink what a fish drinks. —Mary Pettibone Poole

I don’t drink. I don’t like it. It makes me feel good. —Oscar Levant

One reason I don’t drink is that I want to know when I am having a good time. —Nancy Astor

We drink to one another’s healths and spoil our own. —Jerome K. Jerome

Temperate men drink the most, because they drink the longest. —C.C. Colton

Bacchus hath drowned more men than Neptune. —Thomas Fuller

Long quaffing maketh a short life. —John Lyly

Drink not the third glass—which thou can’st not tame when once it is within thee. —George Herbert

What’s drinking? A mere pause from thinking. —Lord Byron

Drink injures a man externally, internally, and eternally. —Anonymous

Drinking a little too much is drinking a great deal too much. —German Proverb

Drunkenness is the ruin of reason. It is premature old age. It is temporary death. —St. Basil

Drinking makes such fools of people, and people are such fools to begin with, that it’s compounding a felony. —Robert Benchley

One swallow doesn’t make a summer but too many swallows make a fall. —G.D. Prentice

A drunkard is like a whiskey bottle, all neck and belly and no head. —Austin O’Malley

Abstaining is favorable both to the head and the pocket. —Horace Greeley

Drinking makes holes in your pocket. —Mexican Proverb

One martini is all right, two is too many, three is not enough. —James Thurber

The best cure for drunkenness is, when sober, to look at a drunken man. —Chinese Proverb

Drunkenness is simply voluntary insanity. —Seneca

But I’m not so think as you drunk I am. —John Collings Squire

The man who is master of himself drinks gravely and wisely. —Confucius

If the husband drinks, half the house is afire; if the wife drinks, the whole house. —Russian Proverb



Short supper; long life. —Serbian Proverb

Reverse the typical American meal pattern and instead eat like a king for breakfast, a prince for lunch and a pauper for supper. —Jane E. Brody

Stop short of your appetite; eat less than you are able. —Ovid

Feed by measure, and defy the physician. —John Heywood

One should eat to live; not live to eat. —Cicero

Tell me what you eat, and I will tell you what you are. —Anthelme Brillat-Savarin

Part of the secret of success in life is to eat what you like and let the food fight it out inside. —Mark Twain

If it grows, eat it. If it doesn’t grow, don’t eat it. —Louise L. Hay

The more natural the food you eat, the more radiant health you will enjoy. —Patricia Bragg

Eat a variety of foods; maintain a desirable weight; avoid too much fat; eat foods with adequate starch and fiber; avoid too much sugar and sodium; and, if you drink alcohol, drink in moderation. —Surgeon General of the United States, 1989.

Everything you eat affects you profoundly. —Chinese Proverb

If you are building a thirty-story building and you use worm-eaten wood for the frame, inferior structural supports, and other fourth-rate, low-grade materials, what kind of finished product do you think you will wind up with? No need to answer. So if you’re building a human body and the material that will become your blood, bones, skin, organs—indeed, every cell of your body—is inferior and of poor quality, what kind of body do you think you will wind up with? No need to answer. —Harvey Diamond

To keep from gaining weight, don’t eat late. —Jeanette Sutton

Nature does her best to teach us. The more we overeat, the harder she makes it for us to get close to the table. —Earl Wilson

Who eats of but one dish never needs a physician. —Italian Proverb

Man is what he eats. —L.A. Feuerbach

Leave thy drugs in the chemist’s pot if thou can’t heal the patient with food. —Hippocrates

Food is man’s only truly reliable medicine and foods do cure, just the same as wrong foods and drinks may kill us. —Bernard Jensen

Diet cures more than doctors. —A.B. Cheales

The allegory of Adam and Eve eating of the tree of evil, and entailing upon their posterity the wrath of God and the loss of everlasting life, admits of no other explanation than the disease and crime that have flowed from unnatural diet. —Percy Bysshe Shelley

Now learn what and how great benefits a temperate diet will bring. In the first place you enjoy good health. —Horace

Probably nothing in the world arouses more false hopes than the first four hours of a diet. —Dan Bennett

Whatsoever was the father of a disease, an ill diet was the mother. —George Herbert

A little with quiet is the only diet. —Old Proverb