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The following quotes are about human body as whole, either as metaphysical or physical entity.


== Quotes ==
Cheerfulness is the best promoter of health  and is as friendly to the mind as to the body.
Joseph Addison, in Pray it Forward: Daily Meditations (1 August 2007), p. 25Your body is like a bar of soap. It gradually wears down from repeated use.
Dick Allen, as quoted in "Devine agrees 'Douglass can do it'" by Cooper Rollow, in The Chicago Tribune (March 30, 1975), p. B3My body is a cage that keeps me  From dancing with the one I love  But my mind holds the key.
Arcade Fire, My Body Is A Cage, Neon Bible, March 5, 2007Antony, however, according to his custom, returned alone to his own cell, increased his discipline, and sighed daily as he thought of the mansions in Heaven, having his desire fixed on them, and pondering over the shortness of man's life. And he used to eat and sleep, and go about all other bodily necessities with shame when he thought of the spiritual faculties of the soul. So often, when about to eat with any other hermits, recollecting the spiritual food, he begged to be excused, and departed far off from them, deeming it a matter for shame if he should be seen eating by others.
Athanasius of Alexandria, Life of Anthony of Egypt § 45Antony ... used to say that it behooved a man to give all his time to his soul rather than his body, yet to grant a short space to the body through its necessities; but all the more earnestly to give up the whole remainder to the soul and seek its profit, that it might not be dragged down by the pleasures of the body, but, on the contrary, the body might be in subjection to the soul.
Athanasius of Alexandria, Life of Anthony of Egypt § 45We must no more ask whether the soul and body are one than ask whether the wax and the figure impressed on it are one.
Aristotle (1882), in Aristotle's Psychology, p. 61When you see the donkey (Hebrew: chamor) of your enemy lying under its burden, you might refrain from helping it; you must aid it" - When you carefully examine your "chomer" (English: materiality), your body, you will see "your enemy", that it restricts your Divine soul that longs for Godliness and the spiritual. You will see that it "lies under its burden" placed upon it by God, that it should become refined through Torah and Jewish observance, as the body is reluctant and materialistic. It may occur to you that "you will refrain from helping it", to enable it to fulfill its mission, and instead you will follow the path of asceticism, to break down the body's resistance to spirituality. However, not in this approach will the light of Torah reside, rather "you must aid it" by purifying and refining the body, rather than breaking it. This superior elevation transforms the body into a vehicle for the essential Divine purpose in physical Creation.
Baal Shem TovFlesh is our indisputable commonality. Whatever our race, our religion, our politics we are faced every morning with the fact of our bodies. Their frailties, their demands, their desires. And yet the erotic appetites that spring from - and are expressed through - those bodies, are so often a source of bitter dissension and division. Acts that offer a glimpse of transcendence to one group are condemned by another. We are pressured from every side - by peers, by church, by state - to accept the consensual definition of taboo; though so often what excites our imaginations most is the violation of taboo.Clive Barker introduction to "One Flesh" exhibition, April 4-27, 1997The best cure for the body is a quiet mind.
Napoleon Bonaparte, in Quotes about Medicine, p. 1Laws and principles are not for the times when there is no temptation: they are for such moments as this, when body and soul rise in mutiny against their rigour ... If at my convenience I might break them, what would be their worth?
Charlotte Brontë, in Jane EyreJoined together with bones and sinews, having a plastering of skin and flesh, covered with hide, the body is not seen as it really is—full of intestines, full of stomach, of the lump of the liver, of bladder, of heart, of lungs, of kidneys and of spleen, of mucus, of saliva, and of sweat, and of lymph, of blood, of synovial fluid, of bile, and of fat, ... and its hollow head is filled with brain. A fool, overwhelmed by ignorance, thinks of it as beautiful, but when it lies dead, swollen up and discoloured, cast away in a cemetery, relatives have no regard for it. Dogs devour it, and jackals, and wolves and worms. Crows and vultures devour it, and whatever other living creatures there are. The bhikkhu possessing knowledge here, having heard the Buddha's word, indeed understands it, for he sees the body as it really is.
Gautama Buddha, Sutta Nipata § 194-202No one in this earthly prison of the body has sufficient strength of his own to press forward with a due degree of watchfulness, and the great majority [of Christians] are kept down with such great weakness that they stagger and halt and even creep on the ground, and so make very slight advances.
John Calvin, Golden Booklet of the True Christian Life Page 22There is also an old proverb, that they who pay much attention to the body generally neglect the soul.
John Calvin, Golden Booklet of the True Christian Life Page 90As long as your body is healthy and under control and death is distant, try to save your soul; when death is immanent what can you do?
Chanakya, in Chanakya Neeti(CN-501): Chapter 4A room without books is like a body without a soul.
Cicero, in Similes Dictionary (1 May 2013), p. 100Criticism may not be agreeable, but it is necessary. It fulfills the same function as pain in the human body. It calls attention to an unhealthy state of things.
Winston Churchill, in Live Life from the Heart 14 November 2011), p. 79If I read a book and it makes my whole body so cold no fire can ever warm me, I know that is poetry. If I feel physically as if the top of my head were taken off, I know that is poetry. These are the only way I know. Is there any other way?
Emily Dickinson, in Writing Essays About Literature (25 January 2010, p. 116Begin to see yourself as a soul with a body rather than a body with a soul.
Wayne Dyer, in Activating The Superhuman (11 May 2011), p. 84The chief function of the body is to carry the brain around.
Thomas A. Edison, in Quotes about Mind, p. 11Emotions are shown primarily in the face, not in the body. The body instead shows how people are coping with emotion. There is no specific body movement pattern that always signals anger or fear, but there are facial patterns specific to each emotion. If someone is angry, his body may show how he is coping with the anger. He may be tense and constrained (tight muscular tension in arms and legs, stiff posture). He may be withdrawing  (a particular retreated position). There may be verbal attack (certain types of hand movements with his words), or the likelihood of physical attack (posture, orientation, hand movements). However, any of these movements can occur just as well when a person is afraid as when he is angry. Body movement reveals, of course, not just how someone copes with emotion, but also what a person’s attitudes, interpersonal orientations, etc. might be.
Paul Ekman, Wallace V. Friesen, ‘’Unmasking the Face’’, Cambridge MA, (2003), p. 7.Possession, outward success, publicity, luxury– to me these have always been contemptible.I believe that a simple and unassuming manner of life is best for everyone, best both for the body and the mind.
Albert Einstein, in Treasury Of Spiritual Wisdom A Collection Of 10,000 Powerful Quotations For ...(30 January 2003), p. 433In the morning a man walks with his whole body; in the evening, only with his legs, the trunk is carried along almost motionless.
Ralph Waldo Emerson (1973), in Journals and Miscellaneous Notebooks: 1847-1848.384 , p. 384It takes more than just a good looking body. You've got to have the heart and soul to go with it.
Epictetus, in Society-89: The Essentials (01 August 2006), p. 28

A person will sometimes devote all his life to the development of one part of his body - the wishbone.
Robert Frost, in Eat It Up! the Complete Mind/Body/Spirit Guide to a Full Life After Weight … (2009), p. 85A house is not a home unless it contains food and fire for the mind as well as the body.
Margaret Fuller, in Read and Soar (15 June 2008), p. 15Spiritual relationship is far more precious than physical. Physical relationship divorced from spiritual is body without soul.
Mahatma Gandhi, in Pray It Forward (1 August 2007), p. 144You can chain me, you can torture me, you can even destroy this body, but you will never imprison my mind.
Mahatma Gandhi, in Letters to an Incarcerated Brother: Encouragement, Hope, and Healing for .. (5-November 2013), p. 26There is nothing that wastes the body like worry, and one who has any faith in God should be ashamed to worry about anything whatsoever.
Mahatma Gandhi, in The Healing Power of Self Love: Enhance Your Chances of Recovery From … (4 February 2009), p. 446A small body of determined spirits fired by an unquenchable faith in their mission can alter the course of history.
Mahatma Gandhi, in Harijan, in Insipiring Thoughts Of Mahatma Gandhi (01 January 2008), p. 1924The main purpose of life is to live rightly, think rightly, act rightly. The soul must languish when we give all our thought to the body.
Mahatma Gandhi, in Mahatma Gandhi: an apostle of applied human ecology (1 January 2002)Just as a man would not cherish living in a body other than his own, so do nations not like to live under other nations, however noble and great the latter may be.
Mahatma Gandhi, in 101 Selected Sayings of Mahatma Gandhi (21 February 2013), p. 79Life without liberty is like a body without spirit.
Khalil Gibran, in Spiritual Adventures in the Snow: Skiing & Snowboarding as Renewal for Your Soul (2009), p. 32It is a great thing to take a human body. Whoever comes to the earth must do work.
Haidakhan Babaji, The Teachings of Babaji, 6 April 1982.Certain thoughts are prayers. There are moments when, whatever be the attitude of the body, the soul is on its knees.
Victor Hugo, in A Way to Prevent War (01 December 2013), p. 145A strong body makes the mind strong. As to the species of exercises, I advise the gun. While this gives moderate exercise to the body, it gives boldness, enterprise and independence  to the mind. Games played with the ball, and others of that nature, are too violent for the body and stamp no character on the mind. Let your gun therefore be your constant companion of your walks.
Thomas Jefferson, in Armed - The Essential Guide to Concealed Carry (30 June 2012), p. 50If the present Congress errs in too much talking, how can it be otherwise in a body to which the people send one hundred and fifty lawyers, whose trade it is to question everything, yield nothing, and talk by the hour?
Thomas Jefferson, in Thomas Jefferson: Westward the Course of Empire (1 November 1998), p. 198Enlighten the people generally, and tyranny and oppressions of body and mind will vanish like evil spirits at the dawn of day.
Thomas Jefferson, in The Best of the Kambulow (1 June 2003), p. 642Bodily decay is gloomy in prospect, but of all human contemplations the most abhorrent is body without mind.
Thomas Jefferson, in The Religious Life of Thomas Jefferson (1988), p. 167My body could stand the crutches but my mind couldn't stand the sideline.
Michael Jordan, in Your First Year a Rookie's Journey in Coaching: (18 August 2009), p. 8
Physical fitness is not only one of the most important keys to a healthy body, it is the basis of dynamic and creative  intellectual activity.
John F. Kennedy, in Physical Activity & Health: An Interactive Approach: An Interactive Approach 19 April 2011), p. 210Good humor is a tonic for mind and body. It is the best antidote for anxiety and depression. It is a business asset. It attracts and keeps friends. It lightens human burdens. It is the direct route to serenity and contentment.
Grenville Kleiser, in On the Art of Business (1 February 2004), p. 66Those who have the strength and the love to sit with a dying patient in the silence that goes beyond words will know that this moment is neither frightening nor painful, but a peaceful cessation of the functioning of the body.
Elisabeth Kubler-Ross, On Death and Dying (2 July 1997), p. 276My body glistens on the flesh of the great gods.
Lahar, in Debate between sheep and grain (mid to late 3rd millennium BCE) [1]A person must take care to exercise moderate discipline over the body and subject it to the Spirit by means of fasting, vigils, and labor. The goal is to have the body obey and conform—and not hinder—the inner person and faith. Unless it is held in check, we know it is the nature of the body to undermine faith and the inner person.
Martin Luther, The Freedom of a Christian (1520), M. Tranvik, trans. (Minneapolis: 2008), pp. 71-72
The body is meant to be seen, not all covered up.
Marilyn Monroe, in The Moral Line (19 March 2014), p. 96At twelve I looked like a girl of seventeen. My body was developed and shapely. I still wore the blue dress and the blouse the orphanage provided. They made me look like an overgrown lummox.
Marilyn Monroe, in My Story (25 November 2006), p. 20Sex is full of lies. The body tries to tell the truth. But, it's usually too battered with rules to be heard, and bound with pretenses so it can hardly move. We cripple ourselves with lies.
Jim Morrison, in Into This House We're Born (1 July 2006), p. 262Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul.
John Muir, in John Muir: The Eight Wilderness Discovery Books (1992), p. 714There is more wisdom in your body than in your deepest philosophy.
Friedrich Nietzsche, in Philosophy: Bullet Guides (29 July 2011), p. 3The human body has two ends on it: one to create with and one to sit on. Sometimes people get their ends reversed. When this happens they need a kick in the seat of the pants.
Roger von Oech, in Creativity and Innovation for Managers, p. 13Every morning I wake up with the newsof bloodshed.I feel my body,desperate to know whetherI’m still alive.
Suman Pokhrel, in Every MorningIf you are not the body why should I enrich scenes before your eyes? why should I sweep away thorns from the path where you walk? why should I always make things, which you touch, tender? why should I block raucous sounds coming to assail your ears?
Suman Pokhrel, in My Search of YouDo you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, which you have from God? You are not your own
Saint Paul in 1 Corinthians 6,19, NASBThe wife hath not power of her own body, but the husband. And in like manner the husband also hath not power of his own body, but the wife.
Saint Paul in 1 Corinthians 7:4 (as quoted in Catholic Bible Douay-Rehims)Yea, much more those that seem to be the more feeble members of the body, are more necessary. And such as we think to be the less honourable members of the body, about these we put more abundant honour; and those that are our uncomely parts, have more abundant comeliness. But our comely parts have no need [...]
Saint Paul in 1 Corinthians 12:22-24 (as quoted in Catholic Bible Douay-Rehims)Then each of you will control his own body and live in holiness and honor— not in lustful passion like the pagans who do not know God and his ways.
Saint Paul in 1 Thessalonians 4:4-5 (as quoted in New Living Translation)
Being can be felt as the ever-present I am that is beyond name and form. To feel and thus to know that you are and to abide in that deeply rooted state is enlightenment, is the truth that Jesus says will make you free.  Free from what?  Free from the illusion that you are nothing more than your physical body and your mind. This "illusion of the self," as the Buddha calls it, is the core error. Free from fear in its countless disguises as the inevitable consequence of that illusion - the fear that is your constant tormentor as long as you derive your sense of self only from this ephemeral and vulnerable form. p. 70
Eckhart Tolle in  The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment (1997)Sermon On The Body. What you perceive as a dense physical structure called the body, which is subject to disease, old age, and death, is not ultimately real - is not you. It is a misperception of your essential reality that is beyond birth and death, and is due to the limitations of your mind, which, having lost touch with Being, creates the body as evidence of its illusory belief in separation and to justify its state of fear. But do not turn away from the body, for within that symbol of impermanence, limitation, and death that you perceive as the illusory creation of your mind is concealed the splendor of your essential and immortal reality. Do not turn your attention elsewhere in your search for the Truth, for it is nowhere else to be found but within your body.Do not fight against the body, for in doing so you are fighting against your own reality. You are your body. The body that you can see and touch is only a thin illusory veil. Underneath it lies the invisible inner body, the doorway into Being, into Life Unmanifested. Through the inner body, you are inseparably connected to this unmanifested One Life - birthless, deathless, eternally present. Through the inner body, you are forever one with God.  p. 75
Eckhart Tolle in  The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment (1997)The key is to be in a state of permanent connectedness with your inner body - to feel it at all times. This will rapidly deepen and transform your life. The more consciousness you direct into the inner body, the higher its vibrational frequency becomes, much like a light that grows brighter as you turn up the dimmer switch and so increase the flow of electricity. At this higher energy level, negativity cannot affect you anymore, and you tend to attract new circumstances that reflect this higher frequency. p. 75
Eckhart Tolle in  The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment (1997)Do not give all your attention away to the mind and the external world. By all means focus on what you are doing, but feel the inner body at the same time whenever possible. Stay rooted within. Then observe how this changes your state of consciousness and the quality of what you are doing.   Whenever you are waiting, wherever it may be, use that time to feel the inner body. In this way, traffic jams and line-ups become very enjoyable. Instead of mentally projecting yourself away from the Now, go more deeply into the Now by going more deeply into the body. The art of inner-body awareness will develop into a completely new way of living, a state of permanent connectedness with Being, and will add a depth to your life that you have never known before. It is easy to stay present as the observer of your mind when you are deeply rooted within your body. No matter what happens on the outside, nothing can shake you anymore. p. 76
Eckhart Tolle in  The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment (1997)When such challenges come, as they always do, make it a habit to go within at once and focus as much as you can on the inner energy field of your body. This need not take long, just a few seconds. But you need to do it the moment that the challenge presents itself. Any delay will allow a conditioned mental-emotional reaction to arise and take you over. When you focus within and feel the inner body, you immediately become still and present as you are withdrawing consciousness from the mind. If a response is required in that situation, it will come up from this deeper level. Just as the sun is infinitely brighter than a candle flame, there is infinitely more intelligence in Being than in your mind. As long as you are in conscious contact with your inner body, you are like a tree that is deeply rooted in the earth, or a building with a deep and solid foundation.  p. 77
Eckhart Tolle in  The Power of Now (1997)Slowing Down The Aging Process. In the meantime, awareness of the inner body has other benefits in the physical realm. One of them is a significant slowing down of the aging of the physical body. Whereas the outer body normally appears to grow old and wither fairly quickly, the inner body does not change with time, except that you may feel it more deeply and become it more fully. p. 79
Eckhart Tolle in  The Power of Now (1997)True silence is the rest of the mind, and is to the spirit what sleep is to the body, nourishment and refreshment.
William Penn, in Treasury Of Spiritual Wisdom A Collection Of 10,000 Powerful Quotations For … (30 January 2003), p. 429Happiness is beneficial for the body, but it is grief that develops the powers of the mind.
Marcel Proust, in Wisdom for the Soul: Five Millennia of Prescriptions for Spiritual Healing (2006), p. 343No man is worth his salt who is not ready at all times to risk his well-being, to risk his body, to risk his life, in a great cause.
Theodore Roosevelt, in Quotes by Roosevelt Theodore, p. 10Science is a way of thinking much more than it is a body of knowledge.
Carl Sagan, in Evolution in Perspective: The Science Teacher's Compendium (2004), p. 15(...) the body is a temple with ten senses, and we must install God in our hearts within this temple. This body is a moving temple of the Lord. He (Haidakhan Babaji) wants us to make this temple so beautiful that wherever it goes, people would like to worship, have great reverence for it, and try to gain knowledge from it.
Shri Shastriji, The Teachings of Babaji, 25 March 1982.The body is a house of many windows: there we all sit, showing ourselves and crying on the passers-by to come and love us.
Robert Louis Stevenson, inGod's Dream Catcher Rising (1 August 2009), p. 293Every man casts a shadow; not his body only, but his imperfectly mingled spirit. This is his grief. Let him turn which way he will, it falls opposite to the sun; short at noon, long at eve. Did you never see it?
Henry David Thoreau, in A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers, p. 373Work consists of whatever a body is obliged to do. Play consists of whatever a body is not obliged to do.
Mark Twain, in Laffirmations: 1001 Ways to Add Humor to Your Life and Work (1 April 1995), p. 79The Art of Peace begins with you. Work on yourself and your appointed task in the Art of Peace. Everyone has a spirit that can be refined, a body that can be trained in some manner, a suitable path to follow. You are here to realize your inner divinity and manifest your innate enlightenment. Foster peace in your own life and then apply the Art to all than you encounter.
Morihei Ueshiba,in Inspire! What Great Leaders Do (10 May 2004), p. 45Always keep your mind as bright and clear as the vast sky, the great ocean, and the highest peak, empty of all thoughts. Always keep your body filled with light and heat. Fill yourself with the power of wisdom and enlightenment.
Morihei Ueshiba, in O-Sensei Morihei Ueshiba BiographyTake up one idea. Make that one idea your life - think of it, dream of it, live on that idea. Let the brain, muscles, nerves, every part of your body, be full of that idea, and just leave every other idea alone. This is the way to success. This is the way great spiritual giants are produced.
Swami Vivekananda (2009), in Swami Vivekananda's Rousing Call to Hindu Nation, p. 141The moment I have realized God sitting in the temple of every human body, the moment I stand in reverence before every human being and see God in him - that moment I am free from bondage, everything that binds vanishes, and I am free.
Swami Vivekananda (2006), in Vivekananda, World Teacher: His Teachings on the Spiritual Unity of Humankind, p. 91I speak two languages, Body and English.
Mae West, in Body Language Pocketbook (1 September 2012), p. 17I drink to separate my body from my soul.”
Oscar WildeQI comes into existence in ZHONG JIAO and concentrates in the region of lungs. QI moves on the surface of the entire body and inside of it, day and night without stopping for an instant. QI is also motive power of blood circulation. XUE, blood, is the quintessence of water and cereals diluted in the spleen and the stomach. Blood concentrates in the heart and from there is supplied to the kidneys and the lung from a signal sent by the liver. Blood circulates throughout the whole body, it includes red and white components. The eyes, having received blood, can see. The ears, having received blood, can hear. The hands, having received blood, can take. The feet, having received blood, can walk. It means one should accumulate QI and feed the body with blood XUE.
Jin Jing Zhong, Andrew Timofeevich, Authentic Shaolin Heritage: Training Methods of 72 Arts of Shaolin, "Effect of 72 Shaolin Arts on Breath WI and Blood XUE", pp. 45-46.To practise Gong Fu means to train QI. During training time QI sets into motion XUE and it circulates throughout the entire body. In such a way, step by step, you become strong and firm. You will be protected against epidemics of dangerous diseases, you will not be afraid of cold and heat, you will get out of any mess with confidence and overcome any difficulties. But for it you must strain every effort. QI should be trained to such a level that it could concentrate in any part of your body by an order or your will - from axillary ribs to finger tips. At the same time breathing volume (the volume of the chest) increases, appetite becomes better. From day to day your health, mind and will are improved. A well-trained man has a good health and strong will, therefore he can control his destiny.
Jin Jing Zhong, Andrew Timofeevich, Authentic Shaolin Heritage: Training Methods of 72 Arts of Shaolin, "Effect of 72 Shaolin Arts on Breath WI and Blood XUE", pp. 46-47.“.... Don’t you dare take one look at my body and try to re-write my story. This body is strong, capable, and worthy. This fat body has endured abuse, survived trauma, healed itself, and continues to carry me through my journey,...Fat people can’t run? Oh honey, running is the least interesting ability this fat body has! But for the record I can run! I can dance, love, explore, create, fight. I can do absolutely whatever I want to! Don’t you dare put me in a box. Or her. Or him. Or any of us!"
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== See also ==
Buddhism and the body
My body, my choice
Flesh


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