A Collection of Inspiring Quotes

  • That deliver penetrating insight and inspire us to change
  • That guide us back to simplicity
  • That help us choose a better life--- Starting Right Now!

Alaska Center for Acupuncture
Great Quotes For Healthy Living

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Below are some of our favorite quotes from inspirational figures throughout history. They are a source of motivation and illumination to us and we hope you will find them inspiring too! If you have a great quote that you would like to share, please email us at:

The health of the eye seems to demand a horizon. We are never tired, so long as we can see far enough.

~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

~ Jiddu Krishnamurti

The strangest and most fantastic fact about negative emotions is that people actually worship them. I think that, for an ordinary mechanical man, the most difficult thing to realize is that his own and other people’s negative emotions, have no value whatever and do not contain anything noble, anything beautiful or anything strong. In reality negative emotions contain nothing but weakness and very often the beginning of hysteria, insanity or crime. The only good thing about them is that, being quite useless and artificially created by imagination and identification, they can be destroyed without any loss. And this is the only chance of escape that man has.

~ P.D. Ouspensky

So many people spend their health gaining wealth, and then have to spend their wealth to regain their health.

~ A. J. Reb Materi

In order to change we must be sick and tired of being sick and tired.

~ Fannie Lou Hamer

Sickness is poor-spirited, and cannot serve anyone; it must husband its resources to live. But health or fullness answers its own ends, and has to spare, runs over, and inundates the neighborhoods and creeks of other men's necessities.

~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Health is a state of complete harmony of the body, mind and spirit. When one is free from physical disabilities and mental distractions, the gates of the soul open.

~ B.K.S. Iyengar

He who takes medicine and neglects to diet wastes the skill of his doctors.

~ Chinese Proverb

If you have health, you probably will be happy, and if you have health and happiness, you have all the wealth you need, even if it is not all you want.

~ Elbert Hubbard

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

Health is the first muse, and sleep is the condition to produce it.

~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

We drink one another's health and spoil our own.

~ Jerome K. Jerome

I see rejection in my skin, worry in my cancers, bitterness and hate in my aching joints. I failed to take care of my mind, and so my body now goes to the hospital.

~ Astrid Alauda

Without health, there is no point. To anything.

~ Everett Mámor

Illness is the most heeded of doctors: to goodness and wisdom we only make promises; pain we obey.

~ Marcel Proust

In health there is freedom. Health is the first of all liberties.

~ Henri Frederic Amiel

It isn't always easy to practice compassion and truth, justice and peace. We are often tempted, both personally and politically, to sacrifice one for the sake of the other. We say that the truth is too hard to bear, so compassion becomes the better part of dishonesty. Our self-deception and lies are evidence of our goodness, or so we would like to believe. We desire peace, but we are unwilling to meet the demands of justice that provide the only sure foundation for a lasting peace. So we settle for "security" based on emotional, economic, and military forms of manipulation and coercion, and call it "peace."

The truth is rarely convenient. If we are to embrace the truth, the truth that sets us free and provides the basis for sound judgment and right action, we must do so with compassion. Without compassion, the truth can become unbearable. Without truth, compassion becomes both useless and meaningless. Compassion cannot heal what it seeks to hide. Truth cannot liberate when it serves only to condemn. Compassion and truth must meet together. Only then are we capable of the sacrificial love in which justice and peace kiss.

~ Rev John Kirkley