My Favorite Quotes: Health, Wellness and Miscellany

Genes load the gun, but lifestyle pulls the trigger. (Anonymous)

Nature, time, and patience are the three great physicians.

(Chinese fortune cookie)

The best disinfectant in the world is fresh air and sunshine.

(Joel Salatin)

You really only have two choices in life—the pain

of discipline or the pain of regret.  And I’d rather have

the pain of discipline than the pain of regret.

(Joseph Plumeri)

Today the most common form of physical abuse is disuse.

(Stephen Seiler)

Those who think they have no time for exercise will sooner or later have to find time for illness.

(Edward Stanley)

The first wealth is health. (Ralph Waldo Emerson)

The wise man should consider that health is the greatest of human blessings.  Let food be your medicine.  (Hippocrates)


The doctor of the future will give no medicine, but will interest his patients in the care of the human frame, in a proper diet, and in the cause and prevention of disease. (Thomas Edison)

Don’t worry about upgrading your equipment; upgrade your body.  (Anonymous cyclist)

No alcohol. No caffeine. Nothing with a face. (I’m eating organic eggs once in a while – they don’t have a face) No gluten. No processed sugar. I’d rather GO HUNGRY than eat crap. I’m super strong, sleep like a baby, have tons of energy and FIRED UP! Why would I ever eat meat, ice cream, cheese, bagels or chocolate again? Radical? Rare? Revolutionary? Maybe. Does the way I feel supersede a few minutes of oral satisfaction? Without a doubt. Will I make healthy adjustments over time. It’s possible. Workout discipline is step one. This is the final piece to the ultimate health and fitness lifestyle. Food discipline. Eat the healthiest foods you can find – ALL OF THE TIME. Period. Let the naysayers find loopholes and make excuses. If I ever hear one of them bitch and moan that they’re tired, or bloated, or sick, or moody or weak or can’t lose weight, I will have little sympathy. Find a way to control what your mind tells your hand to put in your mouth. It’s about the FOOD. It always has been. It always will be. FOOD POWER!

(Tony Horton)

When you see the Golden Arches, you are probably

on your way to the Pearly Gates.  (Dr. William Castelli)

To continue to treat illnesses while ignoring prevention

is like a plumber mopping up a kitchen floor rather than

turning off the tap in an overflowing sink. (Dr. Denis Burkitt)

Pain is temporary.  It may last a minute, or an hour, or a

day or a year, but eventually it will subside and something

else will take its place.  If I quit, however, it  lasts forever.

(Lance Armstrong)

Just as distracted driving causes car accidents, so distracted eating causes eating accidents.  (Leslie Siegel)

It is the curse of the middle-aged male body simultaneously to shrink and enlarge. Your belly pooches out, ever more parabolic, while your legs dwindle down to mere sticks, two knobby rods with the surface tension of plucked poultry. One day you look down at your  half-sphere atop its two spindly rods and realize ‘I’ve turned into a Weber grill’.

(Henry Alford)

Most diets fail because the conscious forces of reason and will are simply not powerful enough to consistently subdue unconscious urges.  (David Brooks)

It does not belong to medicine to produce health,but only to promote it as much as possible. (Aristotle)

What surprises me most about humanity is man. Because he sacrifices his health in order to make money. Then he sacrifices money to recuperate his health. And then he is so anxious about the future that he does not enjoy the present; the result being that he does not live in the present or the future; he lives as if he is never going to die, and then dies having never really lived.  (Dalai Lama)

Andrew Siegel, M.D.

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