The best six doctors anywhere
And no one can deny it
Are sunshine, water, rest, and air
Exercise and diet.
These six will gladly you attend
If only you are willing
Your mind they'll ease
Your will they'll mend
And charge you not a shilling.
~Nursery rhyme quoted by Wayne Fields, What the River Knows, 1990
Be careful about reading health books. You may die of a misprint.
Diseases of the soul are more dangerous and more numerous than those of the body.
In minds crammed with thoughts, organs clogged with toxins, and bodies stiffened with neglect, there is just no space for anything else.
~Alison Rose Levy, "An Ancient Cure for Modern Life,"
Men that look no further than their outsides, think health an appurtenance unto life, and quarrel with their constitutions for being sick; but I that have examined the parts of man, and know upon what tender filaments that fabric hangs, do wonder that we are not always so; and considering the thousand doors that lead to death, do thank my God that we can die but once.
If you tell the truth you don't have to remember anything.
A half truth is a whole lie.
The least initial deviation from the truth is multiplied later a thousandfold.
Honesty is the rarest wealth anyone can possess, and yet all the honesty in the world ain't lawful tender for a loaf of bread. ~Josh Billings
A lie has speed, but truth has endurance.
~Edgar J. Mohn
We tell lies when we are afraid... afraid of what we don't know, afraid of what others will think, afraid of what will be found out about us. But every time we tell a lie, the thing that we fear grows stronger.
“A lie is just the easy way out of things, but it hurts when TRUTH comes back and smacks you in the face!”
In my day, we didn't have self-esteem, we had self-respect, and no more of it than we had earned.
The willingness to accept responsibility for one's own life is the source from which self-respect springs.
I prefer to be true to myself, even at the hazard of incurring the ridicule of others, rather than to be false, and to incur my own abhorrence.
Never violate the sacredness of your individual self-respect.