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Old people have fewer diseases than the young, but their diseases never leave them. - Hippocrates

Sometimes the most urgent and vital thing you can possibly do is take a complete rest. - Ashleigh Brilliant

Giving is the secret of a healthy life. Not necessarily money, but whatever a man has of encouragement and sympathy and understanding. - John D. Rockefeller, Jr.

Physician, help yourself: thus help your patient too. Let this be his best help that he may behold with his eyes the man who heals himself. - Nietzsche

Use new drugs quickly, while they still work. - attributed to Trousseau

Take care of your body with steadfast fidelity. The soul must see through these eyes alone, and if they are dim, the whole world is clouded. - Goethe

The sovereign invigorator of the body is exercise, and of all the exercises walking is the best. - Thomas Jefferson

To array a man's will against his sickness is the supreme art of medicine. - Henry Ward Beecher

It requires a great deal of faith for a man to be cured by his own placebos. - John L. Mcclenahan

If I'd known I was going to live this long, I'd have taken better care of myself. {on his 100th Birthday} - Eubie Blake

A sick man, surrounded by those who love him, nursed by those who wish earnestly that he should live, will recover (all other things being equal), when another patient tended by hirelings will die. Doctors decline to see unconscious magnestism in this phenomenon; for them it is the result of intelligent nursing, of exact obedience to their orders; but many a mother knows the virtue of such ardent projections of strong, unceasing prayer. - Honore de Balzac

No matter how important new discoveries and methods, they cannot be considered to have reached fulfillment until generally applied to the sick. (1939, Harvard Medical School) - William B. Castle

Inspire me with love for my art and for thy creatures. In the sufferer let me see only the human being. - Moses Maimonides (The Physician's Oath)

I feel that the greatest reward for doing is the opportunity to do more. (1914-1995, Virologist, Discovered The First Vaccine Against Poliomyelitis) - Dr. Jonas Salk

There is no disease that you either have or don't have - except perhaps sudden death and rabies. All other diseases you either have a little or a lot of. - Geoffrey Rose (epidemiologist)

As there are persons who mend torn garments, so there are physicians who heal the sick; but your duty is far nobler and one befitting a just person - namely to keep people in health. (from Cryopaedia, 400 B.C.) - Xenophon

Variability is the law of life, and as no two faces are the same, so no two bodies are alike, and no two individuals react alike and behave alike under the abnormal conditions which we know as disease. - Sir William Osler

It is much more important to know what sort of a patient has a disease than what sort of disease a patient has. - William Osler

I use the word "Nursing" for want of a better. It has been limited to signify little more than the administration of medicines and the application of poultices. It ought to signify the proper use of fresh air, light, warmth, cleanliness, quiet, and the proper selection and administration of diet - all at the least expense of vital power to the patient. (from Notes on Nursing (1860)) - Florence Nightingale

The first wealth is health. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well. - Virginia Woolf