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"One cannot tell when he is going to be healed, so do not try to set an exact time limit. Faith, not time, will determine when the cure will be effected. "
- Paramahansa Yogananda
"Every situation, properly perceived, becomes an opportunity to heal. "
- A Course in Miracles
"Man is a creature composed of countless millions of cells:  a microbe is composed of only one, yet throughout the ages the two have been in ceaseless conflict. "
- A.B. Christie
"If your teeth are clenched and your fists are clenched, your lifespan is probably clenched. "
- Adabella Radici
"Man is an intelligence in servitude to his organs."
- Aldous Huxley
"What we feel and think and are is to a great extent determined by the state of our ductless glands and viscera."
- Aldous Huxley
"The physician should look upon the patient as a besieged city and try to rescue him with every means that art and science place at his command. "
- Alexander of Tralles
"Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage."
- Anaïs Nin
"Oh, this blessing I rewind, when an itch enters my mind. For Health is inner wealth that breathes from within and then takes a breath of air when delusions ran away. Allow yourself to say what illness could never obey. I raise my hand not with one cell but with all cells unified.
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- Anon Ymous
"Life always bursts the boundaries of formulas. "
- Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
"Beyond my body my veins are invisible."
- Antonio Porchia
"Hope is a waking dream. "
- Aristotle
"The oneness of mind and body holds the secret of illness and health."
- Arnold Hutschnecker
"Your body is a temple, but only if you treat it as one. "
- Astrid Alauda
"You must weed your mind as you would weed your garden  "
- Astrid Alauda
"Silence is the secret to sanity."
- Astrid Alauda
"A smart mother makes often a better diagnosis than a poor doctor."
- August Bier
"The body is your temple.  Keep it pure and clean for the soul to reside in.  "
- B.K.S. Iyengar
"Yoga teaches us to cure what need not be endured and endure what cannot be cured."
- B.K.S. Iyengar
"Yoga, an ancient but perfect science, deals with the evolution of humanity.  This evolution includes all aspects of one's being, from bodily health to self-realization.  Yoga means union - the union of body with consciousness and consciousness with the soul.  Yoga cultivates the ways of maintaining a balanced attitude in day-to-day life and endows skill in the performance of one's actions. "
- B.K.S. Iyengar
"Oh the powers of nature.  She knows what we need, and the doctors know nothing."
- Benvenuto Cellini
"Health is the greatest gift, contentment the greatest wealth, faithfulness the best relationship."
- Buddha
"The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, worry about the future, or anticipate troubles, but to live in the present moment wisely and earnestly."
- Buddha
"Our life is shaped by our mind..we become what we think. Suffering follows an evil thought as the wheels of a cart follow the oxen that draws it. Our life is shaped by our mind; we become what we think. Joy follows a pure thought like a shadow that never leaves."
- Buddha
"To keep the body in good health is a duty... otherwise we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear."
- Buddha
"Till taught by pain, men know not water's worth."
- Byron
"Body and soul cannot be separated for purposes of treatment, for they are one and indivisible.  Sick minds must be healed as well as sick bodies."
- C. Jeff Miller
"The healthy man does not torture others - generally it is the tortured who turn into torturers."
- Carl Jung
"Movement is a medicine for creating change in a person's physical, emotional, and mental states."
- Carol Welch
"With the gift of listening comes the gift of healing."
- Catherine de Hueck Doherty
"Body and mind, like man and wife, do not always agree to die together.  "
- Charles Caleb Colton
"The poorest man would not part with health for money, but the richest would gladly part with all their money for health. "
- Charles Caleb Colton
"In nothing do men more nearly approach the gods than in giving health to men."
- Cicero
"To heal mine aching moods,Give me God's virgin woods."
- Clinton Scollard
"Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall. "
- Confucius
"No matter what changes take place in the world, or in me, nothing ever seems to disturb the face of spring."
- E.B. White
"The Lord hath created medicines out of the earth; and he that is wise will not abhor them."
- Ecclesiasticus 38:4
"Silence is exhilarating at first - as noise is - but there is a sweetness to silence outlasting exhilaration, akin to the sweetness of listening and the velvet of sleep.  "
- Edward Hoagland
"People are like stained-glass windows.  They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in their true beauty is revealed only if there is light from within. "
- Elisabeth Kübler-Ross
"The Brain - is wider than the Sky -For - put them side by side -The one the other will containWith ease - and You - beside....The Brain is just the weight of God -For - Heft them - Pound for Pound -And they will differ - if they do -As Syllable from Sound."
- Emily Dickinson
"Surgeons must be very carefulWhen they take the knife!Underneath their fine incisionsStirs the Culprit - Life!"
- Emily Dickinson
"Nature has given man one tongue, but two ears, that we may hear twice as much as we speak."
- Epictetus
"Never go to a doctor whose office plants have died."
- Erma Bombeck
"Bodies devoid of mind are as statues in the market place."
- Euripides
"Time will bring healing. "
- Euripides
"Nursing is an art:  and if it is to be made an art, it requires an exclusive devotion as hard a preparation, as any painter's or sculptor's work; for what is the having to do with dead canvas or dead marble, compared with having to do with the living body, the temple of God's spirit?  It is one of the Fine Arts:  I had almost said, the finest of Fine Arts."
- Florence Nightingale
"To give vent now and then to his feelings, whether of pleasure or discontent, is a great ease to a man's heart. "
- Francesco Guicciardini
"Anyone who keeps the ability to see beauty never grows old."
- Franz Kafka
"Books are a narcotic."
- Franz Kafka
"You can hold yourself back from the sufferings of the world, that is something you are free to do and it accords with your nature, but perhaps this very holding back is the one suffering you could avoid."
- Franz Kafka
"Don't despair, not even over the fact that you don't despair."
- Franz Kafka
"Now I can look at you in peace; I don't eat you anymore."
- Franz Kafka
"This inescapable duty to observe oneself: if someone else is observing me, naturally I have to observe myself too; if none observe me, I have to observe myself all the closer."
- Franz Kafka
"You know the definition of the perfectly designed machine.... The perfectly designed machine is one in which all its working parts wear out simultaneously.  I am that machine."
- Frederick Alexander Lindemann
"The body is a big sagacity, a plurality with one sense, a war and a peace, a flock and a shepherd."
- Friedrich Nietzsche
"Eventually you will come to understand that love heals everything, and love is all there is."
- Gary Zukav
"Breathing is the greatest pleasure in life. "
- Giovanni Papini
"You can't make people change, but the organizers of WorldFest hope that people consider being vegetarian for both moral and health reasons."
- Grace Slick
"Although the world is full of suffering, it is full also of the overcoming of it."
- Helen Keller
"To me the ideal doctor would be a man endowed with profound knowledge of life and of the soul, intuitively divining any suffering or disorder of whatever kind, and restoring peace by his mere presence."
- Henri Amiel
"We are all healers who can reach out and offer health, and we are all patients in constant need of help. "
- Henri Nouwen
"Every man is the builder of a Temple called his body, nor can he get off by hammering marble instead."
- Henry David Thoreau
"Good for the body is the work of the body, good for the soul the work of the soul, and good for either the work of the other. "
- Henry David Thoreau
"Measure your health by your sympathy with morning and Spring."
- Henry David Thoreau
"We need the tonic of wildness [and]...nature."
- Henry David Thoreau
"You cannot build a reputation on what you are going to do."
- Henry Ford
"Your touch has still its ancient power, No word from You can fruitless fall; Hear, in this solemn evening hour, And in Your mercy heal us all."
- Henry Twells
"If the mind, that rules the body, ever so far forgets itself as to trample on its slave, the slave is never generous enough to forgive the injury, but will rise and smite the oppressor."
- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
"Joy and Temperance and ReposeSlam the door on the doctor's nose."
- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
"The fate is the common fate of all, into each life some rain must fall."
- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
"I think you might dispense with half your doctors if you would only consult Dr. Sun more. "
- Henry Ward Beecher
"To array a man's will against his sickness is the supreme art of medicine.  "
- Henry Ward Beecher
"I have always believed, and I still believe, that whatever good or bad fortune may come our way we can always give it meaning and transform it into something of value."
- Hermann Hesse
"If a man has nothing to eat, fasting is the most intelligent thing he can do"
- Hermann Hesse
"You know quite well, deep within you, that there is only a single magic, single power, a single salvation... and that is called loving. Well, then, love your suffering. Do not resist it, do not flee from it."
- Hermann Hesse
"It is sweet to let the mind unbend on occasion."
- Horace
"The greatest healing therapy is friendship and love."
- Hubert Humphrey
"Emotion always has its roots in the unconscious and manifests itself in the body. "
- Irene Claremont de Castillejo
"If my doctor told me I had only six minutes to live, I wouldn't brood.  I'd type a little faster. "
- Isaac Asimov
"Make your feet your friend."
- J.M. Barrie
"Health is a large word.  It embraces not the body only, but the mind and spirit as well;... and not today's pain or pleasure alone, but the whole being and outlook of a man. "
- James H. West
"Healing is embracing what is most feared; healing is opening what has been closed, softening what has hardened into obstruction, healing is learning to trust life."
- Jeanne Achterberg
"Take care of your body.  It's the only place you have to live."
- Jim Rohn
"Know, then, whatever cheerful and serene
Supports the mind supports the body too."

- John Armstrong
"I go to nature to be soothed and healed, and to have my senses put in tune once more."
- John Burroughs
"What fools indeed we morals areTo lavish care upon a Car,With ne'er a bit of time to seeAbout our own machinery!"
- John Kendrick Bangs
"How sweet the name of Jesus soundsIn a believer's ear;It soothes his sorrows, heals his wounds,And drives away his fear."
- John Newton
"Vision is the art of seeing things invisible."
- Jonathan Swift
"It is true that I have had heartache and tragedy in my life. These are things none of us avoids. Suffering is the price of being alive."
- Judy Collins
"The human body is a machine which winds its own springs."
- Julien Offroy de la Mettrie
"Medicines heals doubts as well as diseases. "
- Karl Marx
"Few of us have lost our minds, but most of us have long ago lost our bodies.  "
- Ken Wilbur
"Silence is a source of great strength."
- Lao Tzu
"Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.  "
- Leo Buscaglia
"There is nothing quite so satisfying, and so healing, as a good cry."
- Leo Buscaglia
"A trembling in the bones may carry a more convincing testimony than the dry documented deductions of the brain."
- Llewelyn Powers
"But mighty Nature bounds as from her birth;The sun is in the heavens, and life on earth:Flowers in the valley, splendor in the beam,Health on the gale, and freshness in the stream."
- Lord Byron
"I am not afraid of storms for I am learning how to sail my ship."
- Louisa May Alcott
"Turn your face to the sun and the shadows fall behind you."
- Maori Proverb
"Life is not merely to be alive, but to be well."
- Marcus Valerius Martial
"The Lord does the healing. I don't heal. That's why I say prayer. I ask the Lord to intervene. It's said that Hawaiian massage is praying work."
- Margaret Machado
Source: Voices of Wisdom Hawaiian Elders Speak
"Always do right. This will gratify some and astonish the rest."
- Mark Twain
"Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see."
- Mark Twain
"The body never lies. "
- Martha Graham
"You see, when weaving a blanket, an Indian woman leaves a flaw in the weaving of that blanket to let the soul out."
- Martha Graham
"We use our brains too little, and when we do, it is only to make excuses for our reflexes and our instincts."
- Martin H. Fischer
"In the sick room, ten cents' worth of human understanding equals ten dollars' worth of medical science."
- Martin H. Fischer
"Here's good advice for practice:  go into partnership with nature; she does more than half the work and asks none of the fee. "
- Martin H. Fischer
"There is nothing more tragic than to find an individual bogged down in the length of life, devoid of breadth."
- Martin Luther King
"A spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down in a most delightful way."
- Mary Poppins
"We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty."
- Maya Angelou
"Seek healing, a refilling of energy and spirit, as soon as you see that you need it. You don't have to push yourself to give, do, or perform when what your body, mind, soul and emotions need is to heal."
- Melody Beattie
"We need to find God, and he cannot be found in noise and restlessness.  God is the friend of silence.  See how nature - trees, flowers, grass - grows in silence; see the stars, the moon and the sun, how they move in silence.... We need silence to be able to touch souls."
- Mother Teresa
"Water, air, and cleanliness are the chief articles in my pharmacopoeia.  "
- Napoleon I
"The mind, once expanded to the dimensions of larger ideas, never returns to its original size."
- Oliver Wendell Holmes
"Blood is that fragile scarlet tree we carry within us. "
- Osbert Sitwell
"And with tears of blood he cleansed the hand, The hand that held the steel: For only blood can wipe out blood, And only tears can heal. "
- Oscar Wilde
"Human nature, if healthy, demands excitement; and if it does not obtain its thrilling excitement in the right way, it will seek it in the wrong.  God never makes bloodless stoics; He makes no passionless saints. "
- Oswald Chambers
"Take rest; a field that has rested gives a bountiful crop."
- Ovid
"The main reason for healing is love. "
- Paracelsus
"You have a cough?  Go home tonight, eat a whole box of Ex-Lax - tomorrow you'll be afraid to cough."
- Pearl Williams
"The best of healers is good cheer."
- Pindar
"The greatest mistake in the treatment of diseases is that there are physicians for the body and physicians for the soul, although the two cannot be separated."
- Plato
"Pleasant words are like a honeycomb,
Sweetness to the soul and health to the bones."

- Proverb
Source: Bible
"A merry heart does good, like medicine."
- Proverb
Source: Bible
"The same stream of life that runs through my veins night and day runs through the world and dances in rhythmic measures. It is the same life that shoots in joy through the dust of the earth in numberless blades of grass and breaks into tumultuous waves of leaves and flowers. It is the same life that is rocked in the ocean-cradle of birth and of death, in ebb and in flow. I feel my limbs are made glorious by the touch of this world of life. And my pride is from the life-throb of ages dancing in my blood this moment."
- Rabindranath Tagore
"The butterfly counts not months but moments, and has time enough."
- Rabindranath Tagore
"Healing may not be so much about getting better, as about letting go of everything that isn't you - all of the expectations, all of the beliefs - and becoming who you are."
- Rachel Naomi Remen
"Health is the condition of wisdom, and the sign is cheerfulness."
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
"When I go into the garden with a spade, and dig a bed, I feel such an exhilaration and health that I discover that I have been defrauding myself all this time in letting others do for me what I should have done with my own hands."
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
"The first wealth is health."
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
"Make the most of yourself, for that is all there is of you. "
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
"Give me health and a day, and I will make the pomp of emperors ridiculous."
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
"Plants are the young of the world, vessels of health and vigor; but they grope ever upward towards consciousness; the trees are imperfect men, and seem to bemoan their imprisonment, rooted in the ground."
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
"The greatest delight the fields and woods minister is the suggestion of an occult relation between man and the vegetable.  I am not alone and unacknowledged.  They nod to me and I to them. "
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
"In the woods is perpetual youth."
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
"Thought is the seed of action. "
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
"Nothing is at last sacred but the integrity of your own mind."
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
"Write it in your heart that every day is the best day of the year with the past you got nothing to do nor with the future you live NOW."
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
"When I go into the garden with a spade, and dig a bed, I feel such an exhilaration and health that I discover that I have been defrauding myself all this time in letting others do for me what I should have done with my own hands."
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
"Words are, of course, the most powerful drug used by mankind."
- Rudyard Kipling
"If you are irritated by every rub, how will you be polished?"
- Rumi
"Drink from the presence of saints,
not from those other jars."

- Rumi
"To live is like to love - all reason is against it, and all healthy instinct for it."
- Samuel Butler
"For breath is life, and if you breathe well you will live long on earth."
- Sanskrit Proverb
"Time heals what reason cannot."
- Seneca
"You must watch the pictures that you paint with your imagination. Your environment and the conditions of your life at any given time are the direct result of your own inner expectations. If you imagine dire circumstances, ill health or desperate loneliness, these will be 'automatically' materialized, for these thoughts themselves bring about the conditions that will give them a reality in physical terms. If you would have good health then you must imagine this as vividly as you fearfully imagine ill health."
- Seth
" painful time in our life is what I call a ìhealing crisis. We are letting go of something old and opening to something new."
- Shakti Gawain
"The mind is like an iceberg, it floats with one-seventh of its bulk above water. "
- Sigmund Freud
"I tell you, deep inside you is a fountain of bliss, a fountain of joy. Deep inside your center core is turth, light, love, there is no guilt there, there is no fear there. Psychologists have never looked deep enough. "
- Sri Ravi Shankar
"I took a deep breath and listened to the old bray of my heart:  I am, I am, I am.  "
- Sylvia Plath
"My body is a bulletin board, transmitting my condition. "
- T. Guillemets
"Remedy it, or welcome it:  a wise man's only two choices. "
- T. Guillemets
"The cure for anything is salt water - sweat, tears, or the sea."
- Tagore
"For those wounded by civilization, yoga is the most healing salve."
- Terri Guillemets
"If I'm losing balance in a pose, I stretch higher and God reaches down to steady me.  It works every time, and not just in yoga."
- Terri Guillemets
"Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy."
- Thich Nhat Hanh
"Happiness is not being pained in body or troubled in mind."
- Thomas Jefferson
"For what human ill does not dawn seem to be an alleviation?"
- Thornton Wilder
"Learning how to operate a soul figures to take time."
- Timothy Leary
"The art of medicine consists in amusing the patient while nature cures the disease."
- Voltaire
"The best six doctors anywhereAnd no one can deny itAre sunshine, water, rest, and airExercise and diet.These six will gladly you attendIf only you are willingYour mind they'll easeYour will they'll mendAnd charge you not a shilling."
- Wayne Fields
"True silence is the rest of the mind; it is to the spirit what sleep is to the body, nourishment and refreshment. "
- William Penn
"Our bodies are our gardens - our wills are our gardeners."
- William Shakespeare
"Our remedies oft in ourselves do lieWhich we ascribe to heaven."
- William Shakespeare

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