Tao Te Ching

The Power of Goodness, the Wisdom Beyond Words
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Richard Dadd


Although the most obvious foundation for success, happiness, and the ability to accomplish almost anything; we so easily forget, ignore, and underestimate the importance of health. When problems make it impossible to ignore, it’s often too late. Like most of what’s valuable in life, good health develops tiny step by tiny step over a long period of time. Sudden bursts of enthusiasm followed quickly by neglect doesn’t help. The influence of unethical advertising on unthinking minds also creates huge health problems. The power of hypnotic advertising dramatically demonstrates itself in statistics showing what an alarming number of people still smoke cigarettes. The prevalence and overuse of drugs, alcohol, sugar, refined flour, soft drinks, chemically grown food, junk food, and food additives add to this list with cigarettes. Experimental placebo effect results also point to an overlooked but powerful influence on health. The Seventh Day Adventist approach make take this concept too far, but anyone interested in better health could learn a great deal from looking into how their attitudes, expectations, and opinions effect their health.

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Quotes (121)

“When the moon begins to grow, blood and breath are at their fullest, tendons and muscles are at their strongest. When the moon is completely empty, tendons and muscles are at their weakest.”

Huangdi 國語 2698 – 2598 BCE
(The Yellow Emperor)
Taoist patron saint, founder of Chinese civilization
from Internal Book of Medicine

Themes: Health Moon

“The whole of my teaching is simply making people recognize that what they mistake for conditions of health are really conditions of disease, that their virtues are really vices, that what they prize is really worthless.”

Lao Tzu 老子 604 BCE - via Arthur Waley
from The Way and its Power

Themes: Health Virtue

71. Sick of Sickness

“The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, nor to worry about the future, but to live the present moment wisely and earnestly.”

Buddha गौतम बुद्ध 563 – 483 BCE
(Siddhartha Shakyamuni Gautama)
Awakened Truth

79. No Demands

“If you drink and eat immoderately and treat the body carelessly and cheaply, then illnesses will kill you.”

Wenzi 文子 (fl. 5th century BCE) via Thomas Cleary
"Authentic Presence of Pervading Mystery.”
from The Wenzi, Wénzǐ 文子

Themes: Health

“For men to get all they wish is not the better thing; it is disease that makes health pleasant; evil, good; hunger, surfeit; toil rest”

Heraclitus Ἡράκλειτος 535 – 475 BCE
(of Ephesus, the "Weeping Philosopher")
A Greek Buddha

“The way we care for Heaven is by guarding our mind and nourishing our nature.”

Mencius 孟子 372 – 289 BCE
from Book of Mencius 孟子

Themes: Health

59. The Gardening of Spirit

“Birth and death, profit and loss, success and failure, health and sickness – the Master maintains his balance... he lets things go through their changes and stays focused on what is real.”

Chuang Tzu 莊周 369 – 286 BCE via Stephen Mitchell

from Zhuangzi

Themes: Health Middle Way

“If suffering is slight, disregard it; if great, it won’t last long.”

Epicurus ɛpɪˈkjɔːrəs 341 – 270 BCE
Western Buddha
from On Nature

Themes: Suffering Health

“Wellbeing is attained little and little, and nevertheless is no little thing itself.”

Zeno Ζήνων ὁ Κιτιεύς 334 – 262 BCE
(of Citium)

Themes: Health

“The most High hath created medicines out of the earth, and a wise man will not abhor them... By these he shall cure and shall allay their pains, and of these the apothecary shall make sweet confections and ointments of health”

Koheleth c. 330–180 BCE
from Ecclesiastes קֹהֶלֶת‎

Themes: Medicine Health

“Though bitter, good medicine cures illness. Though it may hurt, loyal criticism will have beneficial effects.”

Sima Qian 司馬遷 145 – 86 BCE
(Ssu-ma Ch'ien)
Father of Chinese historians
from Shiji, Records of the Grand Historian, 太史公書

“Philosophy is the best medicine for the mind.”

Cicero 106 – 43 BCE
from Tuscalanes Disputationes, 47-44 BCE

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

Anonymous -800 to present
Freedom from the narrow boxes defined by personal history
from Proverb

“We are usually the best men when in the worst health.”

Anonymous -800 to present
Freedom from the narrow boxes defined by personal history
from English proverb

Themes: Health

“Fiery fevers quit your body no quicker if you’re clothed in expensive, embroidered clothes than if you’re only wearing a common garment.”

Lucretius 99 – 55 BCE via Shan Dao
(Titus Carus)
from De Rerum Natura (On the Nature of Things)

“The attempts to heal enflame the fever more.”

Virgil 70 – 19 BCE
(Publius Vergilius Maro)
from Aeneid

“After a long period of disuse, the spark of life dries up and vision collapses—a person can only feel their way around like a blind person using a staff.”

Yang Xiong 揚雄 53 BCE – 18 CE via Michael Nylan, Shan Dao
from Fayan 法言, Exemplary Figures or Model Sayings

Themes: Longevity Health

“Sickness may challenge your body. But are you merely your body? Lameness may impede your legs but you are not merely your legs. Your will is bigger than your legs.”

Epictetus Ἐπίκτητος 55 – 135 CE via Sharon Lebell
from Discourses of Epictetus, Ἐπικτήτου διατριβαί

Themes: Health

“May I be the doctor and the medicine
And may I be the nurse
For all sick beings in the world
Until everyone is healed.”

Shantideva ཞི་བ་ལྷ།།། 685 – 763 CE
(Bhusuku, Śāntideva)
from Bodhisattva Way of Life, Bodhicaryavatara

Themes: Medicine Health

“Would a sick person be helped only by reading a medical book?”

Shantideva ཞི་བ་ལྷ།།། 685 – 763 CE
(Bhusuku, Śāntideva)
from Bodhisattva Way of Life, Bodhicaryavatara

“Realizing that fully-convinced 'knowing' creates suffering and delusion begins the healing.”

Wang Zhen 809 – 859 CE via Shan Dao
from Daodejing Lunbing Yaoyishu, The Tao of War

71. Sick of Sickness

“Donning the impregnable armor of patience, I embarked in the vessel of my mind and confidently took possession of my body.”

Kanakhala ཀ་ན་ཁ་ལཱ། late 9th century via Keith Dowman
("The Younger Severed-Headed Sister”)
Mahasiddha #67
from Masters of Enchantment

Themes: Patience Health

“There is perfect harmony in realizing the nature of every experience but only with the vision of ultimate reality can you drink the elixir of immortality and be truly alive.”

Vyālipa བྱཱ་ལི་པ། c. 884 - c. 1044 via Keith Dowman
("The Courtesan's Alchemist")
Mahasiddha #84

“May they realize that the real nature of poison is the essential medicine.”

Mondup Sherab 12th century CE via Keith Dowman
from Masters of Mahamudra

“For talk of medicine and surgery;
For he was was grounded in astronomy...
Ready he was with his apothecaries,
To send him drugs and all electuaries...
And yet he was right chary of expense;
He kept the gold he gained from pestilence.”

Geoffrey Chaucer 1343 – 1400 CE
“Father of English literature”
from Canterbury Tales

Themes: Medicine Health

“Always panting for riches and never giving our souls or our bodies a moment's peace, we are thrown into a continuous state of misery and anxiety.”

Poggio Bracciolini 1380 – 1459 CE via Sansoni
from Nel VI Centenario della Nascita

Themes: Greed Wealth Health

“Iron rusts from disuse, stagnant water loses its purity, and in cold weather becomes frozen; even so does inaction sap the vigors of the mind”

Leonardo da Vinci 1452 – 1519 CE
from Notebooks, c. 1500

“Medicine is not merely a science but an art. The character of the physician may act more powerfully upon the patient than the drugs used.”

Paracelsus 1493 – 1541 CE
(Theophrastus von Hohenheim)
Revolutionary, shamanistic alchemist
from Archidoxies, 1525

Themes: Health Medicine

“The body is not a thing apart but a house for the soul. The physician, therefore, must treat the two simultaneously and strive at bringing them into harmony which is the only true health.”

Paracelsus 1493 – 1541 CE via Kurt Seligman
(Theophrastus von Hohenheim)
Revolutionary, shamanistic alchemist

Themes: Oneness Health

“I observe the physician with the same diligence as the disease.”

John Donne 1572 – 1631 CE

Themes: Health Medicine

“The art of letting things alone… Remedies often make diseases worse… It takes a wise doctor to know when not to prescribe, and at times the greater skill consists in not applying remedies.”

Balthasar Gracian 1601 – 1658 CE

Themes: Health Medicine

24. Unnecessary Baggage

“While deluded, one is used by this body; when enlightened, one uses this body.”

Bunan 至道無難 1603 – 1676 CE
(Shido Bunan Zenji Munan)

Themes: Delusion Health

“Sleep is an infallible miracle drug but perfect sleep requires a peaceful conscience. First rest your mind, then your eyes keeping your health by dividing half your time to rest, have to activity.”

Lǐ Yú 李漁 1610 – 1680 CE via Lin Yutang, Shan Dao
(Li Liweng)
from Art of Living

Themes: Health Medicine

“Bodies act as though there were no souls and souls as if there were no bodies, and both act as if each influence the other.”

Leibniz 1646 – 1716 CE
(Gottfried Wilhelm (von) Leibniz)

Themes: Health

“Drinking and gambling are curses that lessen any man’s mind and strength and waste his substance.”

Kāngxī 康熙帝 1654 – 1722 CE
from Emperor of China, Self-Portrait of K'ang-hsi

“Good artisans concentrating on one specialty, refuse to dissipate their mental energy. This gives strength to their bodies and they often live to be 70 or 80, healthy and skillful as in their youth”

Kāngxī 康熙帝 1654 – 1722 CE via Jonathan D. Spence, Shan Dao
from Emperor of China, Self-Portrait of K'ang-hsi

“Sickness is a sort of early old age; it teaches us a diffidence in our earthly state.”

Alexander Pope 1688 – 1744 CE
Second most quoted English writer

Themes: Health

“Doctors put drugs of which they know little into bodies of which they know less for diseases of which they know nothing at all.”

Voltaire, François-Marie Arouet 1694 – 1778 CE

Themes: Health Medicine

“The art of medicine consists of amusing the patient while nature cures the disease.”

Voltaire, François-Marie Arouet 1694 – 1778 CE

Themes: Health Medicine

57. Wu Wei

“Nothing is more fatal to health than an overcare of it.”

Benjamin Franklin 1706 – 1790 CE

“God heals and the doctor takes the fees.”

Benjamin Franklin 1706 – 1790 CE

Themes: Health Medicine

“The greater part of our ills are of our own making... Man, in the state of nature, can have no need of remedies, and still less of physicians”

Jean-Jacques Rousseau 1712 – 1778 CE
from On the Origin of Inequality

Themes: Medicine Health

“If a man thinks about his physical or moral state, he usually discover that he is ill.”

Goethe, Johann Wolfgang von 1749 – 1832 CE

Themes: Health Medicine

“the true soul of sweet delight can never be defiled”

William Blake 1757 – 1827 CE

Themes: Health

“The most essential factor in happiness is health.”

Arthur Schopenhauer 1788 – 1860 CE via T. Bailey Saunders
from Wisdom of Life

Themes: Health

“Always laugh when you can. It is cheap medicine.”

Lord Byron 1788 – 1824 CE
(George Gordon Byron)
The first rock-star style celebrity

“We rest—A dream has power to poison sleep;
We rise—One wandering thought pollutes the day;
We feel, conceive or reason, laugh, or weep;
Embrace fond woe, or cast our cares away

Percy Bysshe Shelley 1792 – 1822 CE
from Mutability

Themes: Health Problems

“He who has health, has hope; and he who has hope, has everything”

Thomas Carlyle 1795 – 1881 CE
"Great Man” theory of history creator

Themes: Health Hope

“To rise at six, to sleep at ten,
To sup at ten, to dine at six,
Make a man live for ten times ten.”

Victor Hugo 1802 – 1885 CE
Literary pioneer, poet, and social justice provocateur

Themes: Health Longevity

“our medical men exert their utmost skill to save the life of every one to the last moment...Thus the weak members of civilised societies propagate their kind. No one who has attended to the breeding of domestic animals will doubt that this must be highly injurious to the race of man... hardly any one is so ignorant as to allow his worst animals to breed.”

Charles Darwin 1809 – 1882 CE
from Descent of Man

Themes: Medicine Health

“If life and the soul are sacred, the human body is sacred;
And in man or woman, a clean strong firmfibred body is beautiful as the most beautiful face...
Who degrades or defiles the living human body is cursed”

Walt Whitman 1819 – 1892 CE
Premier "poet of democracy" and model for Dracula
from Leaves of Grass

Themes: Health

“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 would rather not.”

Mark Twain 1835 – 1910 CE
(Samuel Langhorne Clemens)
America’s most famous author

Themes: Health

“illness of any sort was considered in Erewhon to be highly criminal and immoral; and that I was liable, even for catching cold, to be held up before the magistrates and imprisoned for a considerable period.”

Samuel Butler 1835 – 1902 CE
Iconoclastic philosopher, artist, composer, author, and evolutionary theorist
from Erewhon

Themes: Health

“Disease is the tax which the soul pays for the body, as the tenant pays house-rent for the use of the house.”

Ramakrishna 1836 – 1886 CE

Themes: Health

“The greatest discovery of my generation is that a human being can alter his life by altering his attitudes.”

William James 1842 – 1910 CE
"Father of American psychology”

Themes: Health

“The doctor of the future will give no medicine, but will instruct his patient in the care of the human frame, in diet and in the cause and prevention of disease.”

Thomas Edison 1847 – 1931 CE
America's greatest inventor

Themes: Health Medicine

“There is a whole round of maladies that can be cured by a new thought, a new sensation, new surroundings. A little excitement or a new experience often clears the cobwebs from the brain.”

Elbert Hubbard 1856 – 1915 CE
from A Thousand and One Epigrams

Themes: Medicine Health

“Man should not strive to eliminate his complexes, but to get in accord with them; they are legitimately what directs his contact in the world.”

Sigmund Freud 1856 – 1939 CE

Themes: Health

“It is easy, as we can see, for a barbarian to be healthy; for a civilized man, the task is a hard one.”

Sigmund Freud 1856 – 1939 CE
from An Outline of Psychoanalysis (1940)

Themes: Health

“They came and gave an herb to me, the day-break star herb, the herb of understanding... all creatures saw it and in no place was there any more darkness”

Black Elk 1863 – 1950 CE
(Heȟáka Sápa)

Themes: Health Medicine

“To believe in medicine would be the height of folly, if not to believe in it were not a greater folly still.”

Marcel Proust 1871 – 1922 CE
Apostle of Ordinary Mind
from In Search of Lost Time

Themes: Paradox Health

“For every malady that doctors cure with medicine, they produce ten in healthy people by inoculating them with that virus which is a thousand time more powerful than any microbe: the idea that one is ill.”

Marcel Proust 1871 – 1922 CE via Justin O'Brien
Apostle of Ordinary Mind

Themes: Medicine Health

“In all affairs it's a healthy thing now and then to hang a question mark on the things you have long taken for granted.”

Bertrand Russell 1872 – 1970 CE
“20th century Voltaire”

Themes: Health

“One always has the idea of a stupid man as perfectly healthy and ordinary, and of illness as making one refined and clever and unusual.

Thomas Mann 1875 – 1955 CE
Deep, psychologically insightful author
from The Magic Mountain (1924)

Themes: Health

“Happiness is nothing more than good health and a bad memory.”

Albert Schweitzer 1875 – 1965 CE

Themes: Health Memory Forget

“I had to do certain yoga exercises in order to keep my emotions in check. But since it was my purpose to know what was going on within myself, I would do these exercises only until I had calmed myself enough to resume my work with the unconscious.”

Carl Jung 1875 – 1961 CE
Insightful shamanistic scientist
from Memories, Dreams, Reflections

“I didn't know that being religious meant health and cheerfulness.”

Hermann Hesse 1877 – 1962 CE

“Modern medicine lays greater stress on cure than on prevention, i.e., endeavors to protect against unnatural conditions rather than to change the social environment.”

Ananda Coomaraswamy குமாரசுவாமி 1877 – 1947 CE
Perennial philosophy's Citizen of the World
from The Dance of Shiva (1918)

Themes: Medicine Health

“Buddhist doctrine is a medicine solely directed to save the individual from burning, not in a future hell, but in the present fire of his own thirst... Buddhists never directly attempted to organize human society, thinking the wise man should leave the dark state of life in the world”

Ananda Coomaraswamy குமாரசுவாமி 1877 – 1947 CE
Perennial philosophy's Citizen of the World
from The Dance of Shiva (1918)

Themes: Buddhism Health

“Song brings us health, and color will heal wounds…therefore, I advise to keep more flowers. Plants wisely selected according to color are healing.”

Helena Roerich Елéна Ивáновна Рéрих 1879 – 1955 CE

“I stop drinking and take cod liver oil to lengthen my life... principally because of those who are my enemies—so that some regret may remain in their too perfect world... to make the so-called gentlemen uncomfortable for a few more days.”

Lǔ Xùn 鲁迅 1881 – 1936 CE via Lin Yutang
(Zhou Shuren; Lusin)
Insightful satirist representing the "Literature of Revolt"

from Epigrams

“when you've struck the right vein, tiredness goes. It must be an effort, thinking wrong.”

Virginia Woolf 1882 – 1941 CE

Themes: Health

“The Nation that destroys its soil destroys itself.”

Franklin Roosevelt 1882 – 1945 CE
Champion and creator of a more just and equitable society

Themes: Health

“Disease served as your great enemy and also your greatest friend, the only one that stayed loyal to the death. It never permitted you to relax or remain where you were, never allowed you to declare: I am fine here, I shall go no further.”

Nikos Kazantzakis 1883 – 1957 CE via P. A. Bien
from Report to Greco

Themes: Health Friendship

“your body is the harp of your soul... [you] bring forth sweet music from it or confused sounds.”

Kahlil Gibran 1883 – 1931 CE
from The Prophet

Themes: Health Music

“I would ask our doctors to devote as much time to preventive as to curative procedures, and to put less curative reliance upon drugs and more upon natural cures by diet and physiotherapy”

Will Durant 1885 – 1981 CE
Philosophy apostle and popularizer of history's lessons
from Fallen Leaves

Themes: Health

“I would make health a required course in every year of schooling... have our physicians [teach] preventative health in the classroom... form follows function, functin follows desire, and desire is the essence of life.”

Will Durant 1885 – 1981 CE
Philosophy apostle and popularizer of history's lessons
from Fallen Leaves

“Freud's fanciful pseudo-explanations (precisely because they are brilliant) perform a disservice. (Now any ass has these pictures available to use in 'explaining' symptoms of an illness.)”

Ludwig Wittgenstein 1889 – 1951 CE
One of the world's most famous philosophers

Themes: Health

“The great majority of us are required to live a life of constant duplicity. Your health is bound to be affected if, day after day, you say the opposite of what you feel, if you grovel before what you dislike, and rejoice at what brings you nothing but misfortune.”

Boris Pasternak Бори́с Леони́дович Пастерна́к 1890 – 1960 CE
Russia's greatest poet

“Uniformity and freedom are incompatible. Uniformity and mental health are incompatible too. . . . Man is not made to be an automaton, and if he becomes one, the basis for mental health is destroyed.”

Aldous Huxley 1894 – 1963 CE

Themes: Health

18. The Sick Society

“What’s in a name? — practically everything… We give the stuff good names—moksha-medicine, reality revealer, a truth-and-beauty pill. And we know, by direct experience, that the good names are deserved.”

Aldous Huxley 1894 – 1963 CE
from Island

Themes: Health Medicine

“It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society.”

Krishnamurti 1895 – 1986 CE
(Jiddu Krishnamurti)

18. The Sick Society

“You are looking for a cure while I am concerned with prevention. As long as their are causes, there must also be results... If you want peace and harmony in the world, you must first have peace and harmony in your hearts and minds.”

Nisargadatta Maharaj 1897 – 1981 CE
Householder guru of non-duality
from I Am That

“A very large percentage of illnesses are the expressions of inadequate responses to the environment.”

René Dubos 1901 – 1982 CE
Influential scientific environmentalist

from Man Adapting

Themes: Health

“The anesthetic made possible fiendish human torments that transferred all the human pain to convalescence. With anesthetics, what was really new was convalescence.”

Marshall McLuhan 1911 – 1980 CE
from War and Peace in the Global Village

Themes: Medicine Health

“In the same sense that our judicial system presumes us to be innocent until proved guilty, a medical-care system may work best if it starts with the presumption that most people are healthy.”

Lewis Thomas 1913 – 1993 CE
Gestaltist of science and art
from Lives of a Cell: Notes of a Biology Watcher

Themes: Health

“Malady always arises from what is unnatural. Mental disharmony with nature hardens the mind, while unnatural physical care stiffens the body. To recover, one must lighten the heart and live easily—without strain... do nothing and simply return to the natural body of an infant, then your health will improve.”

Masanobu Fukuoka 福岡 正信 1913 – 2008 CE
from Road Back to Nature

Themes: Health

“Sickness comes when people draw apart from nature. The severity of the disease is directly proportional to the degree of separation.”

Masanobu Fukuoka 福岡 正信 1913 – 2008 CE
from One Straw Revolution

Themes: Health

“Doctors take care of sick people; healthy people are cared for by nature... The prime consideration is for a person to develop the sensitivity to allow the body to choose food by itself.”

Masanobu Fukuoka 福岡 正信 1913 – 2008 CE
from One Straw Revolution

Themes: Health

“Dying is easy. Living is a pain in the butt. It's like an athletic event. You've got to train for it. You've got to eat right. You've got to exercise. Your health account, your bank account, they're the same thing. The more you put in, the more you can take out. Exercise is king and nutrition is queen: together, you have a kingdom.”

Jack LaLanne 1914 – 2011 CE

Themes: Health Medicine

“The most important thing in your life is your health… you can have all the education and you can have millions of dollars in the bank, but if you've got headaches every day, if you're fat and you are out of shape - what good is your money?”

Jack LaLanne 1914 – 2011 CE

Themes: Health Longevity

“Psychotherapy and liberation are completed in the moment when shame and guilt collapse, when the organism is no longer compelled to defend itself for being an oganism.”

Alan Watts 1915 – 1973 CE
from Psychotherapy East and West

Themes: Health

“If you get the message, hang up the phone. For psychedelic drugs are simply instruments, like microscopes, telescopes, and telephones. The biologist does not sit with eye permanently glued to the microscope, he goes away and works on what he has seen.”

Alan Watts 1915 – 1973 CE

Themes: Health Medicine

“symptoms... say, anxiety, migraine, depression, alcoholism, phobia, or lethargy enable the person to control others without accepting responsibility for doing so.”

Alan Watts 1915 – 1973 CE
from Psychotherapy East and West

Themes: Control Health

“Institutions are not pretty. Show me a pretty government. Healing is wonderful, but the American Medical Association? Learning is wonderful, but universities? The same is true for religion... religion is institutionalized spirituality.”

Huston Smith 1919 – 2016 CE

“What is sickness? What is health? Both are distractions. Put them both aside and go forward.”

Huston Smith 1919 – 2016 CE

Themes: Health Medicine

“I'll champion indiscrimination till doomsday, on the ground that it leads to health and a kind of very real, enviable happiness. Followed purely, it's the way of the Tao, and undoubtedly the highest way.”

J. D. Salinger 1919 – 2010 CE via Raise High the Roof Beams
from Raise High the Roof Beams, Seymour an Introduction

“Any part of the body can be used to treat the rest of the body, and that the topology of the points in each of these 'micro-acupuncture systems' was a holographic repetition of the whole body's anatomy.”

Ralph Alan Dale 1920 – 2006 CE
Translator, author, visionary

Themes: Health

“Keeping your body healthy is an expression of gratitude to the whole cosmos - the trees, the clouds, everything.”

Thích Nhất Hạnh tʰǐk ɲɜ̌t hɐ̂ʔɲ 1926 CE –

“Modern medicine is a negation of health. It isn’t organized to serve human health, but only itself, as an institution. It makes more people sick than it heals.”

Ivan Illich 1926 – 2002 CE
"an archaeologist of ideas"
from Medical Nemesis (1976)

Themes: Medicine Health

“The conflict between right and wrong is a sickness of the mind.”

Seungsahn 숭산행원대선사 1927 – 2004 CE
(Soen Sa Nim)

Themes: Health Conflict

“No medicine cures what happiness cannot.”

Gabriel García Márquez 1927 – 2014 CE
(Gabo, Gabito)
The greatest Colombian

Themes: Health Medicine

“For every person who needs mental health care to be able to receive it close to his home, and to remove the stigma from mental health care so people will be free to talk about it and seek help. It's been taboo for so long to admit you had a mental health problem.”

Rosalynn Carter 1927 CE –
Insightful and compassionate politician

Themes: Health

“I heard a definition once: ‘Happiness is health and a short memory!’ I wish I'd invented it, because it is very true.”

Audrey Hepburn 1929 – 1993 CE

Themes: Health Memory

79. No Demands

“If someone thinks he doesn't depend on others, he is like a sick person who thinks he doesn't have to go to a doctor because he can cure himself with poison, or like a poor person who says he doesn't have to depend on richer people even though he has an empty wallet.”

Thinley Norbu གདུང་སྲས་ཕྲིན་ལས་ནོར་བུ 1931 – 2011 CE
(Kyabjé Dungse)

Themes: Health Delusion

“The path to true happiness is the same whoever, whenever, or wherever you are.”

Shan Dao 山道 1933 CE –

Themes: Happiness Health

4. The Father of All Things

“People are fed by the food industry, which pays no attention to health, and are treated by the health industry, which pays no attention to food.”

Wendell Berry 1934 CE –

75. Greed

“Man sacrifices his health in order to make money Then he sacrifices money to recuperate his health.”

Dalai Lama XIV Tenzin Gyatso 1935 CE –

44. Fame and Fortune

“People like sickness because it gives them a break. The ultimate authority is that you're sick, and nobody can say, 'You can't do that.' If you're an employee, your first and best excuse is that you're sick—which is not a good idea. Don't buy it.”

Chögyam Trungpa 1939 – 1987 CE via Shan Dao

Themes: Health

“I'm so mean, I make medicine sick.”

Muhammad Ali 1942 – 2016 CE
(Cassius Clay)

Themes: Health Medicine

33. Know Yourself

“Because of the way we are born and brought up, most people squander away the health of their body and a lot of people squander away the health of their mind”

Eva Wong (c. 1951- )
Champion of Qigong, Fengshui, and a Taoist approach to health and healing

Themes: Health

“Of course it’s also a lot easier to slap a health claim on a box of sugary cereal than on a potato or carrot, with the perverse result that the most healthful foods in the supermarket sit there quietly in the produce section, silent as stroke victims, while a few aisles over, the Cocoa Puffs and Lucky Charms are screaming about their newfound whole-grain goodness.”

Michael Pollan 1955 CE – via "Unhappy Meals"
Champion for Sustainable Agriculture
from New York Times

Themes: Health

“It is a strange world that Industry has made. Kind of a seething toxic harbor, opening out on a blue unspoiled ocean. Most people are swimming in it... If people like me would just keep our mouths shut, people like him would never suspect why they got cancer. They’d chalk it up to God or probability. They wouldn't die with hearts full of venom.”

Neal Stephenson 1959 CE –
(Stephen Bury)
Speculative futurist and cultural social commentator

from Zodiac (1988)​​

Themes: Health Capitalism

“Fast food has hastened the malling of our landscape, widened the chasm between rich and poor, fueled an epidemic of obesity, and propelled American cultural imperialism abroad.”

Eric Schlosser 1959 CE –
Investigative journalist and author.
from Fast Food Nation (2001)

Themes: Health

“There is shit in the meat.”

Eric Schlosser 1959 CE –
Investigative journalist and author.
from Fast Food Nation (2001)

Themes: Health

“An estimated 11 million people in Africa will die of famine this year. Approximately, two-thirds of all adults and one-third of all children in the United States are now overweight; of these, nearly 50% of adults and 16% of children are obese. Though, we live in an age of globalization, our world still has incredible contradictions.”

Manoj Jain 1963 CE –

Themes: Health Poverty

“The problem is when that fun stuff becomes the habit—and I think that's what's happened in our culture—fast food has become the everyday meal. It's not enough just to limit ads for foods that aren't healthy. It's also going to be critical to increase marketing for foods that are healthy.”

Michelle Obama 1964 CE –

“a cigarette robs 10 minutes from your lifespan, but.. withdraws all that time in bulk as you near the end of your life… a smartphone steals your time in the present moment, by degrees… you look up and you're 85 years old.”

Charlie Brooker 1971 CE –

Themes: Health

“Diabetes and high sugar levels kill up to 3.5 million people annually, while air pollution kills about 7 million people. So why do we fear terrorism more than sugar, and why do governments lose elections because of sporadic terror attacks but not because of chronic air pollution?”

Yuval Harari יובל נח הררי‎ 1976 CE –
Israeli historian, professor, and philosopher

from 21 Lessons for the 21st Century (2018)

Themes: Health

“In 2012 about 56 million people died throughout the world; 620,000 of them died due to human violence (war killed 120,000 people, and crime killed another 500,000). In contrast, 800,000 committed suicide, and 1.5 million died of diabetes. Sugar is now more dangerous than gunpowder.”

Yuval Harari יובל נח הררי‎ 1976 CE –
Israeli historian, professor, and philosopher

from Sapiens

Themes: Health Longevity

“Drinking lots of Coca-Cola will not make you young, will not make you healthy, and will not make you athletic – rather, it increases your chances of suffering from obesity and diabetes. Yet for decades Coca-Cola has invested billions of dollars in linking itself to youth, health and sports – and billions of humans subconsciously believe in this linkage.”

Yuval Harari יובל נח הררי‎ 1976 CE –
Israeli historian, professor, and philosopher

from 21 Lessons for the 21st Century

Themes: Health Deception


Internal Book of Medicine

by Huangdi

Taoist patron saint, founder of Chinese civilization

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