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Quotes and Sayings

Maintaining Health in Retirement and In Life

Although, financial worries are now escalating due to the recession, and affecting putting the retirement plans for many Americans and Canadians, health, not money, is the top concern for Canadian retirees. A recent RBC Bank survey found that Canadian retirees would rather have good health than no financial concerns. Indeed, when retirees were asked to state the best retirement gifts they could receive, good health, cited by 53 percent, ranked higher than no financial worries, cited by 30 percent.

Having said this, here are some health tips for retirement using quotations and sayings.

He who has good health is young.
— H.G. Bohn

Eat few suppers, and you'll need few medicines.
— Ben Franklin

My grandmother started walking five miles a day when she was 60. She's 97 now, we don't know where the hell she is.
— Ellen DeGeneris

A good laugh is the best medicine, whether you are sick or not.
— Unknown retiree

Anybody with normal blood pressure these days just isn't paying attention.
— Unknown wise working person

One should only see a psychiatrist out of boredom..
— Muriel Spark

A lot of good behavior is due to poor health.
— Unknown retiree

Laughter is the remedy for many little ills. It can cure more quickly than the doctor's tiny pills.
— Unknown wise person

To feel "fit as a fiddle" you must tone down your middle.
— Unknown wise person

A health nut in Idaho has specified in his will that he wishes to be buried in a "no smoking" section of the cemetery.
— Unknown retiree

Why not cultivate health instead of treating disease?
— Unknown wise person in retirement

If you want to be the picture of health, you'd better have a happy frame of mind.
— Unknown wise person

A lot of people lose their health trying to become wealthy, and then lose their wealth trying to get back their health.
— Unknown wise retiree

A married couple in Montana is so concerned with their health that whenever they have an argument, she jogs to her mother's.
— Anonymous retiree

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'd rather not.
— Mark Twain

Eat only when you are hungry. Drink only when you're thirsty. Sleep only when you're tired. Screw only when you're horny.
— Al Neuharth

How one takes care of her or his health before retirement will determine health in retirement.
— Bruce C. Appleby

Of all the anti-social vested interests the worst is the vested interest in ill-health.
— George Bernard Shaw

Never go to a doctor whose office plants have died.
— Erma Bombeck

Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.
— Constitution. The World Health Organization.

People who don't know how to keep themselves healthy ought to have the decency to get themselves buried, and not waste time about it.
— Henrik Ibsen

If you don't take care of your body, where do you intend to live?.
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More Quotes about Health in Retirement  

My retirement health is good; it's my age that's bad.
— Ray Acuff at 83

I retired early for health reasons — my company was sick of me and I was sick of them.
— Unknown wise person

Almonds, hazelnuts, pecans, walnuts, macadamia nuts, and pistachio nuts all alter the composition of the blood in ways that would be expected to reduce the risk of coronary disease. And it doesn't take a ton of them to give you the health benefits found in the research. One 1-ounce serving a day—or 5 ounces a week from a variety of nuts—ought to do it. It's possible you'd get benefits with even less.
— Melissa Stevens, M.S., R.D., L.D.

The preservation of health is a duty. Few seem conscious that there is such a thing as physical morality.
— Herbert Spencer

Those who ignore health in the pursuit of wealth usually wind up losing both.
— Unknown wise working person

You want to go easy on the suicide stuff — first thing you know, you'll ruin your health.
— Robert Benchley

There are a lot of folks in the world who spend so much time watching their health that they haven't time to enjoy it.
— Unknown wise retired person

If I would have known that I was going to live this long, I would have taken better care of myself.
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Still More Quotes about Health in Retirement

Just about the time your income reaches the point where food prices don't matter — calories do.
— Unknown wise person

My only advice is to lay off alcohol, tobacco, and wild women. Any can kill you.
— James Biggs (104-year-old resident in a Dallas retirement-community)

No bread, no fries, no potatoes. Nothing that tastes good. And water please.
— Bob Rae (when ordering a meal at Swiss Chalet)

If we had our way, we would make health "catching" instead of disease.
— Unknown wise person

Keep away from physicians. It is all probing and guessing and pretending with them. They leave it to Nature to cure in her own time, but they take the credit. As well as very fat fees.
— Anthony Burgess

Good health makes the practice of virtue more difficult.
— John Bunyan

Don't complain because you have to get up early every morning. The time may come when you can't get up — period!
— Unknown retired person

If health is wealth, how come it's tax-free?
— Unknown retired grouch

Your ulcers can't grow while you're laughing.
— Unknown wise retiree

Any man who can get out of bed in the morning is in pretty good shape. Ask any man who can't.
— Unknown wise senior

I consider exercise vulgar. It makes people smell.
— Alec Yuill Thornton

Many people suffer poor health, not because of what they eat, but from what is eating them.
— Anonymous wise person

By the way they talk about it, you'd think some people enjoy bad health.
— Unknown wise retired person

By the time most people discover that good health is everything, they've lost it.
— Unknown wise person

I'm on a grapefruit diet. I eat everything bu grapefruit.
— Chi Chi Rodriguez

Diets are mainly food for thought.

— N. Wylie Jones

Avoid fruits and nuts. You are what you eat.
— Garfield (Jim Davis)

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