C.N. Douglas, comp. Forty Thousand Quotations: Prose and Poetical. 1917.


Let exercise alternate with rest.


It is exercise alone that supports the spirits, and keeps the mind in vigor.


A man must often exercise or fast or take physic, or be sick.

Sir W. Temple.

Exercise is the chief source of improvement in all our faculties.


Vigorous exercise will often fortify a feeble constitution.

Mrs. Sigourney.

You will never live to my age without you keep yourself in breath with exercise.

Sir P. Sidney.

I take the true definition of exercise to be labor without weariness.


Such is the constitution of man that labor may be said to be its own reward.

Dr. Johnson.

The wise for cure on exercise depend: God never made His work for man to mend.


  • Often try what weight you can support,
  • And what your shoulders are too weak to bear.
  • Roscommon.

    Take a walk to refresh yourself with the open air, which inspired fresh doth exceedingly recreate the lungs, heart and vital spirits.


  • Weariness
  • Can snore upon the flint, when resty sloth
  • Finds the down pillow hard.
  • Shakespeare.

    There are many troubles which you cannot cure by the Bible and the hymn-book, but which you can cure by a good perspiration and a breath of fresh air.


    By looking into physical causes our minds are opened and enlarged; and in this pursuit, whether we take or whether we lose the game, the chase is certainly of service.


  • No body’s healthful without exercise:
  • Just wars are exercises of a state;
  • Virtue ’s in motion, and contends to rise,
  • With generous ascents above a mate.
  • Aleyn.

    In those vernal seasons of the year when the air is soft and pleasant, it were an injury and sullenness against nature not to go out and see her riches and partake of her rejoicings with heaven and earth.


    Labor or exercise ferments the humors, casts them into their proper channels, throws off redundancies, and helps nature in those secret distributions without which the body cannot subsist in its vigor nor the soul act with cheerfulness.