I agree with all of these quotations, but the most important is the last:
Without health life is not life; it is only a state of langour and suffering – an image of death.
Health is the soul that animates all the enjoyments of life, which fade and are tasteless without it.
Lucius Annaeus Seneca
The health of the people is really the foundation upon which all their happiness and all their powers as a state depend.
In a disordered mind, as in a disordered body, soundness of health is impossible.
Marcus Tullius Cicero
Medicine sometimes snatches away health, sometimes gives it.
The first wealth is health.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
It is health that is real wealth and not pieces of gold and silver.
He who has health, has hope; and he who has hope, has everything.
A wise man should consider that health is the greatest of human blessings, and learn how by his own thought to derive benefit from his illnesses.
I have been working tirelessly to teach myself to derive some kind of benefit from my illnesses. In a way, I think it makes me a better person, as I have so much empathy toward some of the people who get little to no support in the world, as healthy people never truly understand the life of the ill and disabled. I’ve also learned how to fight relentlessly, which I think is a useful quality. Alas, living this way is also a hard reality, as the many quotes above illuminate, and also because being unhealthy makes other individuals uncomfortable sometimes, and tends to make for a very isolating existence (as so many of us are stuck in our homes). I’ve been studying Buddhism, self-love, spiritual healing, and more. I have so many self-help books!! I really think that the only way to overcome some of the battles with illness (both physical and mental) is to strengthen the mind, and that is what I am going to do, no matter how long it takes me.
What do you all do to battle the ups and downs of chronic illness without falling into too much of a depression?