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S. Austin Allibone, comp.  Prose Quotations from Socrates to Macaulay.  1880.
  Labour or exercise ferments the humours, casts them into their proper channels, throws off redundancies, and helps nature in those secret distributions without which the body cannot subsist in its vigour, nor the soul act with cheerfulness.  1
  I might here mention the effects which this has upon all the faculties of the mind, by keeping the understanding clear, the imagination untroubled, and refining those spirits which are necessary for the proper exertion of our intellectual faculties, during the present laws of union between soul and body. It is to a neglect in this particular that we must ascribe the spleen which is so frequent in men of studious and sedentary tempers, as well as the vapours to which those of the other sex are so often subject.
Joseph Addison: Spectator, No. 115.    
  There is no kind of exercise which I would so recommend to my readers of both sexes as this of riding, as there is none which so much conduces to health, and is every way accommodated to the body, according to the idea which I have given of it. Doctor Sydenham is very lavish in its praises; and if the English reader would see the mechanical effects of it described at length, he may find them in a book published not many years since, under the title of the Medicina Gymnastica.
Joseph Addison: Spectator, No. 115.    
  Had not exercise been necessary, nature would not have given such an activity to the limbs, and such a pliancy to every part, as produces those compressions and extensions necessary to the preservation of such a system.
Joseph Addison.    
  The French apply themselves more universally to their exercises than any nation: one seldom sees a young gentleman that does not fence, dance, and ride.
Joseph Addison.    
  He is exact in prescribing the exercises of his patients, ordering some of them to walk eighty stadia in a day, which is about nine English miles.
John Arbuthnot.    
  To be free-minded and cheerfully disposed at hours of meat and of sleep, and of exercise, is one of the best precepts of long lasting.
Francis Bacon: Essay XXXI., Of Regimen of Health.    
  Men ought to beware that they use not exercise and a spare diet both; but if much exercise, a plentiful diet; if sparing diet, little exercise.
Francis Bacon.    
  There is a necessity for a regulating discipline of exercise, that, whilst evoking the human energies, will not suffer them to be wasted.
Thomas De Quincey.    
  Take a walk to refresh yourself with the open air, which inspired fresh doth exceedingly recreate the lungs, heart, and vital spirits.  10
  He was strong of body, and so much the stronger as he, by a well-disciplined exercise, taught it both to do and suffer.
Sir Philip Sidney.    
  You will never live to my age without you keep yourself in breath with exercise.
Sir Philip Sidney.    
  A man must often exercise, or fast, or take physic, or be sick.
Sir William Temple.    

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