A running list of some favorites:

“Our food should be our medicine and our medicine should be our food.” ~Hippocrates

“Yoga is 99 percent practice and 1 percent theory” ~Sri K. Pattabhi Jois

“If the body be feeble, the mind will not be strong.” ~Thomas Jefferson

“Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.” ~Howard Thurman

“Reading, after a certain age, diverts the mind too much from its creative pursuits. Any man who reads too much and uses his own brain too little falls into lazy habits of thinking.” – Albert Einstein

“Silence. All human unhappiness comes from not knowing how to stay quietly in a room.” ~Blaise Pascal

“For one human to love another is perhaps the most difficult task of all, the epitome, the ultimate test.  It is that striving for which all other striving is merely preparation.” ~Rilke

“To keep the body in good health is a duty… otherwise we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear.” ~Buddha

“Yet this is health:  To have a body functioning so perfectly that when its few simple needs are met it never calls attention to its own existence.”  ~Bertha Stuart Dyment

“When I practice, I am a philosopher, When I teach, I am a scientist, When I demonstrate, I am an artist.” ~Iyengar

“It is my view that the vegetarian manner of living by its purely physical effect on the human temperament would most beneficially influence the lot of mankind.” ~Albert Einstein

“To lengthen thy Life, lessen thy meals.” ~Benjamin Franklin

“Those who think they have not time for bodily exercise will sooner or later have to find time for illness.”  ~Edward Stanley

“In order to be open to creativity, one must have the capacity for constructive use of solitude. One must overcome the fear of being alone.” ~Rollo May

“Each second we live is a new and unique moment of the universe, a moment that will never be again. And what do we teach our children? We teach them that two and two make four, and that Paris is the capital of France. When will we also teach them what they are? We should say to each of them: Do you know what you are? You are a marvel. You are unique. In all the years that have passed, there has never been another child like you. Your legs, your arms, your clever fingers, the way you move. You may become a Shakespeare, a Michelangelo, a Beethoven. You have the capacity for anything. Yes, you are a marvel. And when you grow up, can you then harm another who is, like you, a marvel? You must work, we must all work, to make the world worthy of its children.” ~Pablo Picasso

“It is preoccupation with possession, more than anything else, that prevents men from living freely and nobly.” ~Bertrand Russell

“The primitive man had to fight everyday not to be hungry, and the modern man has to fight everyday to be hungry.” ~Dr. Dorian Pascowitz

“Remind yourself that when you die, your in-basket won’t be empty.” ~Richard Carlson

“I know of no other advice than this: Go within and scale the depths of your being from which your very life springs forth.” ~Rainer Maria Rilke

“Monotony is the law of nature.  Look at the monotonous manner in which the sun rises.  The monotony of necessary occupations is exhilarating and live-giving.” ~Gandhi

“A new type of thinking is essential if mankind is to survive and move towards higher levels.” ~Albert Einstein

“The cure for anything is saltwater; tears, sweat or the sea.” ~Isak Dinesen

“It’s supposed to be a secret, but I’ll tell you anyway. We doctors do nothing. We only help and encourage the doctor within.” ~Dr. Albert Schweitzer

“One of the first duties of the physician is to educate the masses not to take medicine.” ~Dr. William Osler

“Love is the will to extend one’s self for the purpose of nurturing one’s own or another’s spiritual growth… Love is as love does. Love is an act of will — namely, both an intention and an action. Will also implies choice. We do not have to love. We choose to love.” ~ M. Scott Peck

“How you do anything is how you do everything.”

“My belief is in the blood and flesh as being wiser than the intellect. The body-conscious is where life bubbles up in us. It is how we know we are alive, alive to the depths of our souls, and in touch somewhere with the vivid reaches of the cosmos.” ~ D.H. Lawrence

“Young love is a flame; very pretty, often very hot and fierce, but still only light and flickering. The love of the older and disciplined heart is as coals, deep burning, unquenchable.” – Henry Ward Beecher, 1813 – 1887

“If your mind is empty, it is always ready for anything, it is open to everything. In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities, but in the expert’s mind there are few.” ~Shunryu Suzuki, Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Alexia @ NamasteYoga October 4, 2011 at 10:46 am

amazing collection of quotes! i hope its ok if i “steal” some from time to time.


Christina October 5, 2011 at 1:26 am

Of course!!! (feel free to share any of your favorites here too!)


Richard Wang March 31, 2014 at 11:20 pm

Thanks for the interesting website. Like these quotes and other things here very much… also received an email about the healthy diet today. It would be nice to see these posted on a facebook for sharing 🙂


Britt Søndergaard July 1, 2014 at 4:57 pm

“The cure for anything is saltwater; tears, sweat or the sea.” ~Isak Dinesen
Thank you for inspirational research – you have gathered many excellent quotes, where I’ll use this one right away because my focus these days is detox!
Best regards
PS Isak Dinesen is by the way a pseudonym for Karen Blixen, the danish author who used her brother name when publishing her books, one made in to a the film – out of africa (starring Meryl streep and robert redford)


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