There are three wicks you know to the lamp of a mans life: brain, blood, and breath. Press the brain a little, its light goes out, followed by both the others. Stop the heart a minute, and out go all three of the wicks. Choke the air out of the lungs, and presently the fluid ceases to supply the other centres of flame, and all is soon stagnation, cold, and darkness. HolmesProfessor at the Breakfast Table. XI.
Ah! what avail the largest gifts of Heaven, When drooping health and spirits go amiss? How tasteless then whatever can be given! Health is the vital principle of bliss, And exercise of health. ThomsonCastle of Indolence. Canto II. St. 55.
Qui salubrem locum negligit, mente est captus atque ad agnatos et gentiles deducendus. He who overlooks a healthy spot for the site of his house is mad and ought to be handed over to the care of his relations and friends. VarroDe Re Rustica. I. 2.