Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Health Proverbs for 2010

Abe V Rotor

The genius, wit, and spirit of a nation are discovered in its proverbs.
- Francis Bacon

Let's learn from beliefs of different cultures, time-honored and universal in values. These are enshrined in proverbs.

These are some common proverbs about the subject of human health, which in many ways have guided us in the family in keeping good health to both young and old members. Proverbs bridge the generations, they link wisdom and current knowledge, and exude a kind of quaintness that cautions the impact of the lessons derive from them.

Select from among these proverbs those that apply best to your situation and priorities. Write a paragraph to explain each of the proverbs you selected. Enrich our list by adding more proverbs. Indicate their origin.

1. An imaginary ailment is worse than a disease. ~Yiddish Proverb

2. A good laugh and a long sleep are the best cures in the doctor's book. ~Irish

3. Fresh air impoverishes the doctor. ~Danish

4. The appearance of a disease is swift as an arrow; its disappearance slow, like a thread. ~Chinese

5. When the head aches, all the body is the worse. ~English

6. He who has health has hope; and he who has hope has everything. ~Arabic

7. If you start to think about your physical or moral condition, you usually find that you are sick. ~ German

8. Man can cure disease but not fate. ~ Chinese

9. A man too busy to take care of his health is like a mechanic too busy to take care of his tools. - Spanish

10. Sickness comes on horseback but departs on foot. ~Dutch

11. He who takes medicine and neglects to diet wastes the skill of his doctors. ~Chinese

12. A healthy poor man is worth halk a rich one. ~ Chinese

13. Bitter words are medicine; sweet words bring illness. ~ Chinese

14. Much talk brings on trouble; much food brings on indigestion. ~ Chinese

15. The doctor who rides in a chair will not visit the house of the poor. ~ Chinese

16. We must turn to nature itself, to the observations of the body in health and in disease to learn the truth. ~ Hippocrates

17. Sleep is a healing balm for every ill.~ Menander

18. Health, the greatest of all we count as blessings. ~ Ariphron

19. Every human being is the author of his own health or disease. ~ Buddha

20. Health is the greatest gift, contentment the greatest wealth, faithfulness the best relationship. It is health that is real wealth and not pieces of gold and silver. ~ Buddha

NOTE: Proverbs, together with fables, folktales, folksongs and riddles, are part of every spoken language. They have been handed down by word of mouth from generation to generation, until they were recorded and became a folklore treasure for posterity.

The earliest collections of proverbs can be traced as far back as ancient Egypt, about 2500 B.C. The Old Testament attributed some 900 proverbs to King Solomon of Israel (10th century B.C.).

The first person, however, to engage more systematically in the collation and classification of proverbs was the Greek philosopher Aristotle (384-322 B.C.). According to the neo-Platonic philosopher Synesius (A.D.370-413), Aristotle considered proverbs a survival of an older wisdom: 'Proverbs are... elements of old philosophy which survived, thanks to their brevity and dexterity.'

Light from the Old Arch 2, AVR; References: Chinese Proverbs (National Book Store), Greek and English Proverbs (Introduction), P Karagiogos

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