Body

The body is a big sagacity, a plurality with one sense, a war and a peace, a flock and a shepherd. ~Friedrich Nietzsche

Take care of your body. It’s the only place you have to live. ~Jim Rohn

Our own physical body possesses a wisdom which we who inhabit the body lack. We give it orders which make no sense. ~Henry Miller

Every man is the builder of a Temple called his body, nor can he get off by hammering marble instead. ~Henry David Thoreau

Blood is that fragile scarlet tree we carry within us. ~Osbert Sitwell

The word arse is as much god as the word face. It must be so, otherwise, you cut off your god at the waist. ~D.H. Lawrence

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

Why should a man’s mind have been thrown into such close, sad, sensational, inexplicable relations with such a precarious object as his body? ~Thomas Hardy

Your body is a temple, but only if you treat it as one. ~Astrid Alauda

How idiotic civilization is! Why be given a body if you have to keep it shut up in a case like a rare, rare fiddle? ~Katherine Mansfield, Bliss and Other Stories

Scars are tattoos with better stories. ~From a Toyota advertisement in Sports Illustrated magazine, 3 June 2002

The human body is a machine which winds its own springs. ~Julien Offroy de la Mettrie, L’Homme Machine

Beyond my body my veins are invisible. ~Antonio Porchia, Voces, 1943, translated from Spanish by W.S. Merwin

Emotion always has its roots in the unconscious and manifests itself in the body. ~Irene Claremont de Castillejo

The man is the sole animal whose nudity offends his own companions, and the only one who, in his natural actions, withdraws and hides from his own kind. ~Montaigne

Some people have a foolish way of not minding, or pretending not to mind, what they eat. For my part, I mind my belly very studiously, and very carefully; for I look upon it, that he who does not mind his belly will hardly mind anything else. ~Samuel Johnson

The body is your temple. Keep it pure and clean for the soul to reside in. ~B.K.S. Iyengar, Yoga: The Path To Holistic Health

Our bodies are our gardens – our wills are our gardeners. ~William Shakespeare

A trembling in the bones may carry a more convincing testimony than the dry documented deductions of the brain. ~Llewelyn Powers

The man is an intelligence in servitude to his organs. ~Aldous Huxley

The body never lies. ~Martha Graham

Varicose veins are the result of an improper selection of grandparents. ~William Osler

Our bodies are apt to be our autobiographies. ~Frank Gillette Burgess

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 body is but a pair of pincers set over a bellows and a stew pan and the whole fixed upon stilts. ~Samuel Butler, Notebooks

The body too has its rights, and it will have them: they cannot be trampled on without peril. The body ought to be the soul’s best friend. Many good men, however, have neglected to make it such: so it has become a friend and has plagued them. ~Augustus William Hare and Julius Charles Hare, Guesses at Truth, by Two Brothers, 1827

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

Hormones, vitamins, stimulants, and depressives are oils upon the creaky machinery of life. Principal item, however, is the machinery. ~Martin H. Fischer

Make your feet your friend. ~J.M. Barrie

The heart is not simply suspended in a body but in a culture, a place, a time. ~Mimi Guarneri, The Heart Speaks: A Cardiologist Reveals the Secret Language of Healing

The trouble with having a body is that people know it’s where you hang out and you don’t get any privacy. ~Robert Brault

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

Flesh goes on pleasuring us, and humiliating us, right to the end. ~Mignon McLaughlin, The Second Neurotic’s Notebook, 1966

Sometimes your body is smarter than you are. ~Author Unknown

[T]he way he treats his body, you’d think he was renting. ~Robert Brault

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

The man has made many machines, complex and cunning, but which of them indeed rivals the workings of his heart? ~Pablo Casals

A woman is as young as her knees. ~Mary Quant

It is in moments of illness that we are compelled to recognize that we live not alone but chained to a creature of a different kingdom, whole worlds apart, who has no knowledge of us and by whom it is impossible to make ourselves understood: our body. ~Marcel Proust

What fools indeed we morals are

To lavish care upon a Car,

With ne’er a bit of time to see

About our own machinery!

~John Kendrick Bangs

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

The human body is the only machine for which there are no spare parts. ~Hermann M. Biggs

In vain we shall penetrate more and more deeply the secrets of the structure of the human body, we shall not dupe nature; we shall die as usual. ~Bernard Le Bovier de Fontanelle

The body is a bundle of careful compromises. ~Randolph Nesse and George Williams, Why We Get Sick

Massage is the only form of physical pleasure to which nature forgot to attach consequences. ~Robert Brault

Most guys aren’t that picky. They may have quicker reflexes around large breasts, but they need more to keep them interested. We know plenty of women whose sex appeal makes their breasts exactly the right size. ~From “The Playboy Advisor,” Playboy magazine, March 2004, in answer to the question, “If you have small breasts, how do you make yourself look sexy? Most guys want girls with large breasts.”

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

The ear tends to be lazy, craves the familiar, and is shocked by the unexpected: the eye, on the other hand, tends to be impatient, craves the novel and is bored by repetition. ~W.H. Auden, The Dyer’s Hand

Few of us have lost our minds, but most of us have long ago lost our bodies. ~Ken Wilbur

The mind can cook up very subtle syndromes to throw at our bodies. ~Astrid Alauda

I use the word “fat.” I use that word because that’s what people are: they’re fat. They’re not bulky; they’re not large, chunky, hefty or plump. And they’re not big-boned. Dinosaurs were big-boned. These people are not overweight: this term somehow implies there is some correct weight. There is no correct weight. Heavy is also a misleading term. An aircraft carrier is heavy; it’s not fat. Only people are fat, and that’s what fat people are! They’re fat! ~George Carlin

Why do we pay for psychotherapy when messages cost half as much? ~Jason Love

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

I am a private person, but I will reveal this about myself: if you start massaging my shoulders, don’t expect me to tell you to stop. ~Robert Brault

Some patients I see are actually draining into their bodies the diseased thoughts of their minds. ~Zacharty Bercovitz

The first idea that the child must acquire, in order to be actively disciplined, is that of the difference between good and evil; and the task of the educator lies in seeing that the child does not confound good with immobility and evil with activity. ~Maria Montessori

I love the body. Flesh is so honest, and organs do not lie. ~Terri Guillemets

Your heart knows not how to lie. It is great that it lays deep in your chest and not in your mouth. ~Kak Sri

We don’t stop at our skin. ~Dolores Krieger, Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine

Why do we alienate ourselves so much from our bodies? It’s that big piece of machinery attached to your head. ~Carrie Latet

Body and mind, like man and wife, do not always agree to die together. ~Charles Caleb Colton

The best and most efficient pharmacy is within your own system. ~Robert C. Peale