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Quotations of Encouragement
for Followers of the Body Blues Plan
by Dr. Marie-Annette Brown

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I think you might dispense with half your doctors if you would only consult Dr. Sun more. ~Henry Ward Beecher

A vigorous five-mile walk will do more good for an unhappy but otherwise healthy adult than all the medicine and psychology in the world. ~Paul Dudley White

The windows of my soul I throw
Wide open to the sun.
~John Greenleaf Whittier

Light gives of itself freely, filling all available space. It does not seek anything in return; it asks not whether you are friend or foe. It gives of itself and is not thereby diminished. ~Michael Strassfeld

The best six doctors anywhere
And no one can deny it
Are sunshine, water, rest, and air
Exercise and diet.
These six will gladly you attend
If only you are willing
Your mind they'll ease
Your will they'll mend
And charge you not a shilling.
~Nursery rhyme quoted by Wayne Fields, What the River Knows, 1990

Turn your face to the sun and the shadows fall behind you. ~Maori Proverb

An early-morning walk is a blessing for the whole day. ~Henry David Thoreau

Live in rooms full of light. ~Cornelius Celsus

But in every walk with Nature one receives far more than he seeks. ~John Muir, July 1877

The sun is nature's antidepressant. ~Astrid Alauda

Ever since we crawled out of that primordial slime, that's been our unifying cry, "More light." Sunlight. Torchlight. Candlelight. Neon, incandescent lights that banish the darkness from our caves to illuminate our roads, the insides of our refrigerators. Big floods for the night games at Soldier's Field. Little tiny flashlights for those books we read under the covers when we're supposed to be asleep. Light is more than watts and footcandles. Light is metaphor. Light is knowledge, light is life, light is light. ~Diane Frolov and Andrew Schneider

Light is good from whatever lamp it shines. ~Author Unknown

Life is not merely to be alive, but to be well. ~Marcus Valerius Martial

Light, God's eldest daughter... ~Thomas Fuller

Alas! must it ever be so?
Do we stand in our own light, wherever we go,
And fight our own shadows forever?
~Edward Robert Bulwer Lytton

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

Lack of activity destroys the good condition of every human being, while movement and methodical physical exercise save it and preserve it. ~Plato

After dinner sit a while, and after supper walk a mile. ~English Saying

A sensitive plant in a garden grew,
And the young winds fed it with silver dew,
And it opened its fan-like leaves to the light,
and closed them beneath the kisses of night.
~Percy Bysshe Shelley, "The Sensitive Plant," 1820

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

I have two doctors, my left leg and my right. ~G.M. Trevelyan

If you are seeking creative ideas, go out walking. Angels whisper to a man when he goes for a walk. ~Raymond Inmon

Lethargics are to be laid in the light, and exposed to the rays of the sun for the disease is gloom. ~Aretaeus

I only went out for a walk, and finally concluded to stay out till sundown, for going out, I found, was really going in. ~John Muir, 1913, in Linnie Marsh Wolfe, ed., John of the Mountains: The Unpublished Journals of John Muir, 1938

In a profound sense every man has two halves to his being; he is not one person so much as two persons trying to act in unison. I believe that in the heart of each human being there is something which I can only describe as a "child of darkness" who is equal and complementary to the more obvious "child of light." ~Laurens van der Post

Me thinks that the moment my legs begin to move, my thoughts begin to flow. ~Henry David Thoreau

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

Wherever you go, no matter what the weather, always bring your own sunshine. ~Anthony J. D'Angelo

Everywhere is walking distance if you have the time. ~Steven Wright

My father considered a walk among the mountains as the equivalent of churchgoing. ~Aldous Huxley

How glorious a greeting the sun gives the mountains! ~John Muir, The Mountains of California

Someday perhaps the inner light will shine forth from us, and then we'll need no other light. ~Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Perhaps the truth depends on a walk around the lake. ~Wallace Stevens

A smile is the light in the window of your face that tells people you're at home. ~Author Unknown

After a day's walk everything has twice its usual value. ~George Macauley Trevelyan

Light can be gentle, dangerous, dreamlike, bare, living, dead, misty, clear, hot, dark, violet, springlike, falling, straight, sensual, limited, poisonous, calm and soft. ~Sven Nykvist

There is a muscular energy in sunlight corresponding to the spiritual energy of wind. ~Annie Dillard

Do not anticipate trouble or worry about what may never happen. Keep in the sunlight. ~Benjamin Franklin

Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature's peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop off like autumn leaves. ~John Muir, Our National Parks

He that has light within his own clear breast
May sit i' the centre, and enjoy bright day:
But he that hides a dark soul and foul thoughts
Benighted walks under the mid-day sun;
Himself his own dungeon.
~John Milton

If there is one spot of sun spilling onto the floor, a cat will find it and soak it up. ~Jean Asper McIntosh

Movement is a medicine for creating change in a person's physical, emotional, and mental states. ~Carol Welch

Beauty is not in the face; beauty is a light in the heart. ~Khalil Gibran

What fools, indeed, we mortals are
To lavish care upon a Car
With ne'er a bit of time to see
About our own machinery!
~John Kendrick Bangs

An age is called "dark," not because the light fails to shine but because people refuse to see it. ~James Michener

If it weren't for the fact that the TV set and the refrigerator are so far apart, some of us wouldn't get any exercise at all. ~Joey Adams

Thoughts shut up want air,
And spoil, like bales unopen'd to the sun.
~Edward Young, Night Thoughts

Gluttony is an emotional escape, a sign something is eating us. ~Peter De Vries

Thoughts come clearly while one walks. ~Thomas Mann

Above all, do not lose your desire to walk. Every day I walk myself into a state of well-being and walk away from every illness. I have walked myself into my best thoughts, and I know of no thought so burdensome that one cannot walk away from it. ~Søren Kierkegaard

When I buy cookies I eat just four and throw the rest away. But first I spray them with Raid so I won't dig them out of the garbage later. Be careful, though, because that Raid really doesn't taste that bad. ~Janette Barber

Clogged with yesterday's excess, the body drags the mind down with it. ~Horace

Faith is the bird that feels the light and sings when the dawn is still dark. ~Rabindranath Tagore

The best remedy for a short temper is a long walk. ~Jacqueline Schiff

The pursuit of perfection, then, is the pursuit of sweetness and light. ~Matthew Arnold

The body never lies. ~Martha Graham

Your body is built for walking. ~Gary Yanker

A man's health can be judged by which he takes two at a time — pills or stairs. ~Joan Welsh

We all walk in the dark and each of us must learn to turn on his or her own light. ~Earl Nightingale

Inside my empty bottle I was constructing a lighthouse while all the others were making ships. ~Charles Simic

Now shall I walk
or shall I ride?
"Ride," Pleasure said:
"Walk," Joy replied.
~W.H. Davies

The body's habituation to walking as normal stems from the good old days. It was the bourgeois form of locomotion: physical demythologization, free of the spell of hieratic pacing, roofless wandering, breathless flight. Human dignity insisted on the right to walk, a rhythm not extorted from the body by command or terror. The walk, the stroll, were private ways of passing time, the heritage of the feudal promenade in the nineteenth century. ~Theodor W. Adorno

The sun shines and warms and lights us and we have no curiosity to know why this is so; but we ask the reason of all evil, of pain, and hunger, and mosquitoes and silly people. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

I’ll tell you how the Sun rose—
A Ribbon at a time....
~Emily Dickinson, c.1860

There is nothing like walking to get the feel of a country. A fine landscape is like a piece of music; it must be taken at the right tempo. Even a bicycle goes too fast. ~Paul Scott Mowrer, The House of Europe

A man should learn to detect and watch that gleam of light which flashes across his mind from within. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

I'm the walkingest girl around. I like to work at it — really get my heart pounding. ~Amy Yasbeck

Better to hunt in fields, for health unbought,
Than fee the doctor for a nauseous draught,
The wise, for cure, on exercise depend;
God never made his work for man to mend.
~John Dryden

Ring the bells that still can ring
Forget your perfect offering.
There is a crack in everything,
That's how the light gets in.
~Leonard Cohen

Lighthouses are more helpful than churches. ~Benjamin Franklin

The civilized man has built a coach, but has lost the use of his feet. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson, "Self-Reliance," 1841

Don't go out of your weigh to please anyone but yourself. ~Author Unknown

Sadness flies on the wings of the morning and out of the heart of darkness comes the light. ~Jean Giraudoux

It is exercise alone that supports the spirits, and keeps the mind in vigor. ~Marcus Tullius Cicero

The greatest wealth is health. ~Virgil

From within or from behind, a light shines through us upon things, and makes us aware that we are nothing, but the light is all. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Love is not consolation. It is light. ~Friedrich Nietzsche

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

I, who cannot stay in my chamber for a single day without acquiring some rust, and when sometimes I have stolen forth for a walk at the eleventh hour of four o'clock in the afternoon, too late to redeem the day, when the shades of night were already beginning to be mingled with the daylight, have felt as if I had committed some sin to be atoned for. ~Henry David Thoreau

The only exercise some people get is jumping to conclusions, running down their friends, side-stepping responsibility, and pushing their luck! ~Author Unknown

We are each gifted in a unique and important way. It is our privilege and our adventure to discover our own special light. ~Evelyn Dunbar

We cannot hold a torch to light another's path without brightening our own. ~Ben Sweetland

My grandmother started walking five miles a day when she was sixty. She's ninety-three today and we don't know where the hell she is. ~Ellen DeGeneres

Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity. ~World Health Organization, 1948

A sensible man will remember that the eyes may be confused in two ways — by a change from light to darkness or from darkness to light; and he will recognize that the same thing happens to the soul. ~Plato

When you possess light within, you see it externally. ~Anaïs Nin

The cradle rocks above an abyss, and common sense tells us that our existence is but a brief crack of light between two eternities of darkness. ~Vladimir Nabokov

For light I go directly to the Source of light, not to any of the reflections. ~Peace Pilgrim

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

Begin challenging your own assumptions. Your assumptions are your windows on the world. Scrub them off every once in awhile, or the light won't come in. ~Alan Alda

Wine is sunlight, held together by water. ~Galileo

Your life is something opaque, not transparent, as long as you look at it in an ordinary human way. But if you hold it up against the light of God's goodness, it shines and turns transparent, radiant and bright. And then you ask yourself in amazement: Is this really my own life I see before me? ~Albert Schweitzer

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