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Quotations about Sitting and Standing,
Dangers of Sitting Too Much, Sitting Still,
Being Deskbound, Standing Desks, &c.

Welcome to my page of quotations about sitting and standing. After reading articles on the dangers of sitting too much, I've decided to switch to a standing desk — and I love it! The one requirement, I've found, is a good pair of supportive comfort shoes. So while using my new tall desk I've spent many hours digging through forgotten antiques in Google Books to find these excerpts about over-sitting. And guess what, people have been issuing warnings about it for centuries! And as well, this is the first collection of quotes about standing desks, which according to the literature I've been gayly romping through have been around for a long time too. I'll continue to post here as I come across even more quotes, and in the meantime please enjoy!  —tεᖇᖇ¡·g, October 2014

After they had dined, Mrs. Teachum told them she thought it proper that they should use some exercise in the cooler part of the day, lest, by sitting too much, they should injure their health. ~Sarah Fielding (1710–1768), "The Governess, or The Little Female Academy," revised by Mary Martha Butt Sherwood (1775–1851)

I am concerned, lest you should injure your health by too close an application to your studies. Walk out often; and when you write or read, be sure to keep yourself in as upright a posture as you can. Write upon an inclined plane; but a standing desk is best. Nothing is more injurious to the health of young divines and students, than stooping. ~Job Orton, letter, 1777 July 5th

Sich krank essen, trinken, sitzen: to become sick by eating, drinking, sitting too much. ~A Complete Practical Grammar of the German Language (c.1805–1828) by Charles Benjamin Schade

I like to write standing up to reduce the old belly and because you have more vitality on your feet. Who ever went ten rounds sitting on his ass? ~Ernest Hemingway, as quoted in A. E. Hotchner, The Good Life According To Hemingway, 2008

By too much sitting still the body becomes unhealthy; and soon the mind. This is nature's law. She will never see her children wronged. If the mind, which rules the body, ever forgets itself so far as to trample upon its slave, the slave is never generous enough to forgive the injury; but will rise and smite its oppressor. Thus has many a monarch mind been dethroned. ~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Posture is nearly connected with the subject of bodily exercise. The usual attitude of a person occupied in reading or writing, tends to obstruct the passage of the blood through the pulmonary and abdominal vessels. Those therefore who are habitually engaged in this manner ought, as much as possible, to stand to their employment. Standing, as it implies muscular exertion, may be regarded as a species of exercise. A valuable treatise might be written on what may be called the diseases of the desk. ~John Reid, M.D., "Bodily Exercise," Essays on Hypochondriasis, and Other Nervous Affections, c.1821

Workers at home who have aching backs and but one writing desk, and that a low one, will find great relief from writing in a standing position (if a recess is out the question), if only for fifteen minutes. My standing desk is a broad mantel shelf. ~B.G.A., "Helpful Hints and Suggestions," in The Writer, August 1887

The tired-out feeling in the "small of one's back" that comes of too much sitting or too much standing is so speedily relieved by a few seconds' exercise that everybody should know how to apply the cure.... In sitting or standing all day it must be remembered that the muscles of the back have neither proper exercise nor rest. ~"It Makes Life Worth Living," Public Ledger Almanac (Philadelphia), 1888, published by George W. Childs

[M]asters at higher institutions... should... carefully study the characters and natural endowments of their pupils, and see that their mental and physical powers develop harmoniously.... Hence higher school-teachers have to be careful of two things: 1st that the body should not be enfeebled or hindered in its growth by over-study; 2ly that the mind should be developed in a right proportion. Nothing is more necessary to youth than exercise, nothing more injurious than sitting too long at work.... sitting too much and too long at a time is dangerous and frequently productive of harm to the body.... I am quite in favour of their learning as much as possible; but what is the advantage of studying so many subjects and knowing none thoroughly well, and ruining their health besides? ~Sebastian Kneipp, Thus Shalt Thou Live: Hints and Advice for the Healthy and the Sick on a Simple and Rational Mode of Life and a Natural Method of Cure, 1889, translated from the 19th German edition

Keep on going and the chances are that you will stumble on something, perhaps when you are least expecting it. I have never heard of anyone stumbling on something sitting down. ~Charles F. Kettering

Still, it is customary to keep pupils sitting too long at once. They ought to stand occasionally, or march around the room; and they should be required to exercise a few minutes in the open air, once an hour, at least. ~American Annals of Education and Instruction, April 1832

For Drowsy Dream the Easy-Chair is sweet;
For Thought or Study choose a Harder Seat.
~Arthur Guiterman, "Of Study," A Poet's Proverbs, 1924

Prudentius is temperate in his use of food, moderate in his pleasures, and regular in his hours of sleep; but this is because he passionately loves money, and health, and life more than all. He would cease to be temperate if his stomach were more capable of digesting, if wine were less costly, and if he could possibly purchase an emancipation from illness. He takes care not to remain long at table, he knows that sitting too much is bad for the health... ~The Life of Professor Gellert; with a Course of Moral Lessons, delivered by him in the University of Leipsic; taken from a French Translation of the Original German. By Mrs. Douglas, of Ednam House, 1805

      [S]urely... you cannot be in good health, when such a slight degree of exercise fatigues you so much?
      It is nothing but the effects of confinement; I dare say I have been sitting too much over my books.
      ~M. Corbett, "The Two Students of St Andrews," c.1828

Desidiousness. Lat. sitting too much; slothfulness, idleness, carelessness. ~A New Dictionary of the English Language by Charles Richardson, 1836

I believe most distempers proceed from too much sitting still. ~Marie de Rabutin-Chantal, letter to her daughter Françoise-Marguerite de Sévigné, 1671 August 26th

Sometimes I sit at my table, but my favorite place is at my standing desk. If I am at any imaginative work I am not sorry for the opportunity of lifting up my eyes unto the hills. ~Horace E. Scudder, "The Study in the Tower," The Poet's House, 1880

Clerks and others engaged within doors, and all who have not opportunities of walking should, as much as possible, avoid sitting. I can assert beyond the fear of successful contradiction, that if anything can compensate for the want of bodily exercise, it is standing.... Gentlemen who write or study much would find this advice well deserving of attention. They should never sit down to read or write at a table. It is very easy to have a portable frame, breast high, whereon a small desk can be placed, at which they may conveniently stand. Perhaps there is nothing so well calculated for counteracting the pernicious effects of close studious application, as the substitution of standing for sitting, and acquiring a habit of throwing the breast moderately outwards, and keeping the head erect. There will not then be felt that lassitude which calls for strong stimulants to revive the spirits and chase away dejection. ~Hortator, "Exercise," Simplicity of Health, 1829

How vain it is to sit down to write when you have not stood up to live! Methinks that the moment my legs begin to move, my thoughts begin to flow, as if I had given vent to the stream at the lower end and consequently new fountains flowed into the upper. A thousand rills which have their rise in the sources of thought burst forth and fertilize my brain... Only while we are in action is the circulation perfect. The writing which consists with habitual sitting is mechanical, wooden, dull to read. ~Henry David Thoreau, journal, 1851

The human body simply isn't built to sit for long periods of time. A hundred years ago, when we were all out toiling in the fields and factories, obesity was basically nonexistent. But since we can't exactly run free in the fields until the end of our days, we have to help our bodies in other ways. We have to stand up for our right to stand up. ~Jolie O'Dell, "Sitting Is Killing You: The Truth About Sitting Down," May 2011

      One morning, when it must be acknowledged that Helen had been sitting too long in the same position with her head leaning on her hand, Miss Clarendon, in her abrupt voice, asked, "How much longer, Helen, do you intend to sit there, doing only what is the worst thing in the world for you—thinking?"
      Helen started, and said she feared she had been sitting too long idle. ~Maria Edgeworth (1768–1849), Helen, 1834

I now come to the chief point, our way of life: but I must consider it only in one respect, that is, as it regards the movement and exercise of the limbs. During the period of growth in our youth, the time when Nature is labouring to develope their different limbs and due proportion, we counteract Nature's efforts by too much sitting and repose, or by immoderate exertion. With the daily use of pleasing exercises, begun in early childhood, this will give our youth strength and elasticity to all the muscles by moderate exertion, invigorate their growth, and impart to the physiognomy openness and gayety, with a slight tint of pleasing dignity, an enterprising spirit, and an expression of energetic fortitude. Innocence, unconstraint, cheerfulness, and activity, are the most exquisite sculptors of the human countenance: gymnastic exercises are favourable to them all. ~C.G. Salzmann, Gymnastics for Youth: or, A Practical Guide to Healthful and Amusing Exercises for the Use of Schools. An Essay Toward the Necessary Improvement of Education, Chiefly as It Relates to the Body, 1793, translated from the German, 1799, wording slightly altered  [Translator name is not provided in the publication. —tεᖇᖇ¡·g]

When God created man, He gave him two ends — one to sit on and one to think with. Ever since then, man's success or failure has been dependent on the one he used most. ~Author unknown, c.1939

I shall be compelled to buy a standing-desk, which will cost me from two to three dollars, as the older students advise me to have one as necessary to my health. ~James Stokes Dickerson, letter to brother, 1842 October 13th

Bad nourishment is for the most part a cause of wretchedness in the nursery too much neglected; and to this may be added, want of fresh air and sufficient exercise; too much confinement within doors, too much sitting... too much tenderness by being kept too warm, relaxation, and softening by warm somentations... and, in general, by an artificial forcing of nature in regard both to the body and the mind... ~Christian Augustus Struve, Asthenology: or, The Art of Preserving Feeble Life, 1798, translated by William Johnston, 1801, from an updated edition of the original German

I have seen children who were naturally of feeble constitution, but whose backs, having never been injured, were able to be on their feet from morning to evening, with less of fatigue and suffering than usually falls to the lot of those who are sitting half the day. ~William Andrus Alcott (1798–1859), The Young Woman's Book of Health, 1850

All my books are up, my pictures hung, my standing desk in position, chairs and lounge, et cetera. Everything harmonizes with the fresco. I could not have a pleasanter study. ~Edward A. Lawrence, Jr., letter to his mother Margaret Woods Lawrence, 1889 September 12th, wording slightly altered

He could scarcely have seen half a century, yet his face was wrinkled and sallow but lighted up by a pair of eyes of the darkest hazel that shone with all the brilliancy of intellectual fire; not a speck of dust was visible upon his apparel, and a similar air of neatness pervaded the whole chamber. The furniture consisted chiefly of a large and handsome library-table full of drawers, and covered with papers, a stand-up desk, upon which two dazzling lamps were burning,—and a massive iron-bound chest. Several large books were arranged on shelves around the sides of the apartment. ~Richard Harris Barham (1788–1845), The Rubber of Life, wording slightly altered  [Originally published under the name Dalton Ingoldsby. —tεᖇᖇ¡·g]

When I speak of the sitting position as being preferable to much sitting, I do not mean to go to the extreme of recommending standing still; for that, if long continued, might be still worse. Standing still, however, as it is commonly called, is not standing still, after all. We are obliged to exert ourselves, at every instant, to preserve the centre of gravity; and hence, even in standing, a considerable number of muscles are called into exercise. ~William Andrus Alcott (1798–1859), The Young Woman's Book of Health, 1850

As I was sitting in my chair
I knew the bottom wasn't there,
Nor legs nor back, but I just sat,
Ignoring little things like that.
~Hughes Mearns, "The Perfect Reactionary," as quoted in What Cheer: An Anthology of American and British Humorous and Witty Verse, Gathered, Sifted, and Salted, with an Introduction by David McCord, 1945

Throughout the illness the most obviously exciting cause of the attacks was posture, stopping over a writing-desk; and he ultimately had to do such work either kneeling or at a standing desk. ~Lawson Tait, 1882

Mr. Choate would always shut the door between his two offices, shutting himself up in his inner sanctum, and there untiringly he worked, worked, worked. He had his pen in his hand always. It was his weapon of warfare. He had a high stand-up desk, and in front of it a queer high chair, made so that a person could slightly sit upon it while yet standing up; probably something like the contrivance on which Queen Victoria half sits and half leans upon the royal reception days.... There was a table in the office, but I never once saw him sit down to it. He never sat down anywhere if he could conveniently help it. He always stood up or lay down.... [H]e was a fixture at his desk with pigeonholes full of papers in front of it, and a broad background of the books in buff behind him. Nothing distracted him from these labors, but business, or a talk about books, or some philosophical or historic theme. ~Edward G. Parker, Reminiscences of Rufus Choate, the Great American Advocate, 1859

Photographs of the faces and places he loved best hung on the walls. Just by the door was his standing desk, with folios and lexicons. A table, covered with books and papers in divers languages, and a chair or two, completed his stock of furniture. The door stood open all day long in fine weather... [H]e had all a student's taste for quiet study, yet could only indulge it by cutting off his own hours for relaxation. ~Mary Ann Parker Martin, 1861, of Bishop John Coleridge Patteson

I am afraid I have done sadly too much sitting and dreaming since I have been up. ~James Ward (1843–1925), letter to H.J.W., 1873

I am writing this at my standing desk, which is against the window. The window offers a pleasant prospect over the lime trees and sun-bathed hills — delightful natural scenery. ~Friedrich Nietzsche, letter to sister Elisabeth, 1862, wording slightly altered

In the earlier years of his literary career he would frequently awake at night, get out of bed, light a candle, and compose many lines upon some poem which he said had "forced itself upon his mind." He wrote on the flyleaves of all kinds of books. In reading a book he made marginal comments with his pencil, and always marked the passages that impressed him most. These proved aids to reflection, and sometimes from the simplest of them the suggestion for a poem would be utilized. He would go to his standing-desk in the morning, soon after breakfast, and write for hours. ~William H. Hayne, "Paul H. Hayne's Methods of Composition," c.1892, wording slightly altered

When in the house be as much in motion as possible. When you can, run briskly up and down stairs several times, or use the shuttle-cock. Lord Bacon's advice to change the posture at least every half hour, is worthy of much regard. ~Thomas John Graham, "Maxims of Health for Men of Letters," Sure Methods of Improving Health, and Prolonging Life; or, A Treatise on the Art of Living Long and Comfortably, by Regulating the Diet and Regimen, 1827

While describing the furniture of his study, I must not forget the standing desk. P.F.T. almost invariably wrote standing, surrounded by his authorities, and attired in a robe de chambre. It was pleasant to be in the room with him, and to witness the enthusiasm with which he flitted from one book to another. ~J.W. Burgon, The Portrait of a Christian Gentleman: A Memoir of Patrick Fraser Tytler, 1859

Reginald was nearly all day at his office, and half the night at his stand-up desk in his room. ~Henry Kingsley, "Reginald Hetherege," 1874

Headache.—The causes are: Overstudy, overwork in‑doors, want of fresh air, nervousness, want of abundant skin-exciting exercise, the excitement inseparable from a fashionable life, neglect of the ordinary rules that conduce to health, overindulgence in stimulating food, work or study carried on in an unnatural or cramped position of the body. Literary men and women ought to do most of their work at a standing desk, lying down now and then to ease the brain and heart, and permit ideas to flow. ~Louis P. McCarthy, Health, Happiness, and Longevity: Health without Medicine, Happiness without Money, the Result Longevity, 1890, wording slightly altered  [I also learned in this book that having the hiccups used to be called "hiccoughing." —tεᖇᖇ¡·g]

      If it is needful to avoid the extreme of idleness, on the one hand, — involving as it necessarily would, a tendency of the mind to prey upon itself — it is equally desirable to avoid the other and worse extreme, that of over exhaustion and depression. In avoiding Scylla, it is wise, always to beware of Charybdis....
      Avoid, above all, an occupation that confines him too many hours in bad air, in contact as it were with a modern air-tight stove; and which keeps him sitting too much.... Sitting much with the lower limbs across each other is to be avoided.
      ~William Andrus Alcott (1798–1859), The Physiology of Marriage, 1855  [On original publication, author was cited simply as "An Old Physician." —tεᖇᖇ¡·g]

Mill's promenade with papers in hand: While reading he was generally always on foot. At the angle between the fire and the nearest window, in a recess, was his standing desk, and near it his office table, which was covered with papers; he wrote at the tall desk either standing or sitting on a high stool. ~Alexander Bain, John Stuart Mill: A Criticism, with Personal Recollections, 1882, wording slightly altered

Sports are too much with us. Late and soon, sitting and watching — mostly watching on television — we lay waste our powers of identification and enthusiasm and, in time, attention as more and more closing rallies and crucial putts and late field goals and final playoffs and sudden deaths and world records and world championships unreel themselves ceaselessly before our half-lidded eyes. ~Roger Angell, "The Interior Stadium," 1971  #couch‑potato

Sitting is the new smoking. ~Health catchphrase, c.2009

Sitting kills, moving heals. ~Joan Vernikos, c.2011

[T]hey marched and counter-marched, clapped their hands, stamped hard upon the floor, and performed various evolutions for the purpose of circulating the blood, which by sitting too long is apt to stagnate, and render them, particularly in this climate, dull and sleepy. ~Joseph Holt Ingraham, South-West, 1835  [Originally published anonymously, "By a Yankee." —tεᖇᖇ¡·g]

      Gout.—If your situation in life is a sedentary one, your amusements, your recreations, at least, should be active. You ought to walk or ride. But let us examine your course of life. While the mornings are long, and you have leisure to go abroad, what do you do? Why, instead of gaining an appetite for breakfast, by salutary exercise, you amuse yourself with books, pamphlets, or newspapers, which commonly are not worth reading. Immediately after an inordinate breakfast, you sit down to write at your desk, or converse with persons who apply to you on business. Thus the time passes till one, without any kind of bodily exercise. Then after dinner, instead of walking in the beautiful gardens of those friends with whom you have dined — the choice of men of sense — you fix down to chess, where you are found engaged for two or three hours! This recreation is the least eligible of any for a sedentary man, because instead of accelerating the motion of the fluids, the rigid attention it requires helps to retard the circulation and obstruct internal secretions. Wrapt in speculations, you destroy your constitution. What can be expected from such a course of living, but a body replete with stagnant humours, ready to fall a prey to all kinds of dangerous maladies.
      Franklin.—It is not fair to say I take no exercise, when I do very often, going out to dine, and returning in my carriage.
      Gout.—Flatter yourself not that half an hour's airing in your carriage deserves the name of exercise. Providence has appointed few to roll in carriages, while he has given to all a pair of legs, which are machines infinitely more commodious and serviceable. Be grateful, then, and make a proper use of yours.
      ~Benjamin Franklin, "Dialogue between Franklin and the Gout," Midnight, October 22, 1780  [Wording slightly altered, excerpted from an 8‑page piece appearing in the 1806 edition of Franklin's Complete Works. It is noted by the editor: "We have no authority for ascribing this paper to Dr. Franklin, but its appearance, with his name in a small collection of his works printed a few years ago at Paris, and cited before, page 480. As the rest of the papers in that collection are genuine, this probably is also genuine. What we give is a translation." —tεᖇᖇ¡·g]

Papa is a literary person... and I do not see why I should not write for publication also. He is gone down to the beach for the afternoon; and here are his pens, ink, and foolscap paper, and his big slanting stand-up desk—which he would drag down with him to the sea-side, in spite of mama's protestations—and here is his Thesaurus of English Words and Phrases without which, he was owned to me in private, he could never write a line. I stand upon the footstool, to give me the requisite height; I tap my forehead with my forefinger, in the most approved literary manner; I frown a frown of concentrated intellect, and become a 'We'—an authoress—for the first time. ~Lucy Penfeather, "Friends of the Swellingtons," in Chambers's Journal of Popular Literature, Science, and Art, 1864 November 26th

I am too much harassed by a variety of correspondence, together with gout and gravel, which induce me to postpone doing what I often fully intend to do, and particularly writing, where the urgent necessity of business does not seem to require its being done immediately, my sitting too much at the desk having already almost killed me... ~Benjamin Franklin, letter to William Carmichael, 1783 December 15th

For many years after the tragic death of Longfellow's second wife there was no original poetry, only the tranquilizing task of translating Dante, one canto each day. His friend Samuel Ward tells us that it was the poet's habit to work upon his Dante translation at a standing desk, while waiting for his morning coffee to boil. As soon as the kettle hissed, he folded his portfolio, not to resume that task until the following morning. In this way, by devoting ten minutes a day during many years, the lovely work grew, like a coral reef, to its completion. ~Mary Caroline Crawford, "Longfellow: Poet of Places," c.1907, wording slightly altered

The boots have arrived: many thanks! But the slippers are not quite what I wanted. I have an old pair of German shoes with thick leather sole and almost equally thick felt top with a sort of curdled flannel lining: excellent for house wear, but not for walking in—and the want of heels fatigued me at my standing desk. If you have anything good for chilblains, send it: I am really afraid of the winter seeing how a sore toe imprisons me! ~Robert Hart, letter, August 1897, wording slightly altered

To those who visited the old Library of Congress at the Capitol he will always be associated with it — a long, lean figure, in scrupulous frock, erect at a standing desk, and intent upon its littered burden, while the masses of material surged incoherently about him. ~Herbert Putnam, of librarian Ainsworth Rand Spofford (1825–1908), 1908, wording slightly altered

Anthony Trollope went to his work as the journeyman grocer takes down the shutters; the interest of his life lay elsewhere. And therefore his style is detestable, his chapters end wearisomely; you feel he laid down his pen with relief, his pulse beating as calmly as when he began; no thrill, no sense of melody, no cadence in his words. Charles Kingsley, who wrote a good style, when he took time to prune it, would grow so excited as he wrote that he had to leave his standing desk, and rush into the open air to pace his garden and to smoke, before he could calm himself down again to the mere act of writing, so much did his own words interest and move him. ~C. Kegan Paul, "On English Prose Style," a lecture delivered in London, at the Bedford College for Ladies, on the 10th of October, 1888, wording slightly altered

I had in addition the universal desk, a rough, half-planed affair in lead-coloured paint, some four feet square.... It had a folding leaf, disclosing a shelf and one or two pigeon holes; and doors below, having also a shelf, and a side cupboard. It was a stand-up desk, for no chairs were given; we were not supposed to sit down; and a more awkward, useless, provoking affair could not easily be invented. ~Eton of Old, or Eighty Years Since by An Old Colleger, 1892

Attention of the mind and inactivity of the body are the two principal, but not the only causes of the disorders incident to the learned... the first is the attitude of a man at study; an attitude, which cannot but be prejudicial to health. The folds which the vessels are thrown into at the top of the thigh and in the bend of the knees, while a man is sitting, interrupt the circulation in the lower extremities, which in process of time must necessarily suffer from this circumstance.... This may be palliated, or lessened, by walking at intervals and by reading and writing, sometimes, in a standing posture, at a desk which may be raised to different and commodious heights... ~Samuel Auguste André David Tissot (1728–1797), An Essay on Diseases Incident to Literary and Sedentary Persons, with Proper Rules for Preventing Their Fatal Consequences and Instructions for their Cure, 1766, translated from French, wording slightly altered

There would be this further incidental advantage in dispensing with seats altogether in church, namely, the great encouragement their absence would afford to kneeling, which would thus become an agreeable rest and intermission. The sitting posture is almost proverbial for continuance beyond just bounds. He who is sitting, so far forth as he is sitting, is always likely to go on sitting.... Whereas the stander is always intrinsically moved to change. Standing, and that in exactly one position, is rather a continued act than a state, and is easy and ready of discontinuance.... There is at least considerably less danger of people standing longer than they ought to do, than of their sitting too long... ~"Pews," The British Critic, and Quarterly Theological Review, October 1842

Our ideas of ourselves and the things around us, our way of thinking and acting, too frequently depend on the modifications of our fluids, on the tone of our nerves and our whole frame.... If we disregard physical education, whence shall the young citizen of the World acquire that great, noble character which distinguishes itself by firmness in prosperity and in adversity, by courage in danger, by generosity in succour, by patience and exertion in need, by reflection in the business of life; and not helplessness and debility? Whence shall he derive presence of mind in danger, when he has spent his blooming years lolling on a sofa, or sitting on a form? whence cheerfulness, when his nerves are relaxed, and his whole body unbraced by his way of living? whence temperance, when we excite and strengthen his passions by luxury in eating and drinking, by sleep, and by inactive repose? in a word, what can we expect from the mind, when its instrument, the body, is not only capable of executing little, but even oppresses the mind with its weight? ~C.G. Salzmann,Gymnastics for Youth: or, A Practical Guide to Healthful and Amusing Exercises for the Use of Schools. An Essay Toward the Necessary Improvement of Education, Chiefly as It Relates to the Body, 1793, translated from the German, 1799, wording slightly altered  [Translator name is not provided in the publication. —tεᖇᖇ¡·g]  #play‑60

A predisposition to piles is often increased by too free an indulgence in food and wine, by sedentary habits, by suffering the bowels to remain long in a costive state... by any long continued posture, particularly of sitting too much... All circumstances which interrupt the free return of blood from the large veins of the abdomen, conduce to hæmorrhoids... ~"Medicine," The London Encyclopædia, or Universal Dictionary of Science, Art, Literature, and Practical Mechanics, Comprising a Popular View of the Present State of Knowledge, 1829

How is it with those who sit ten, twelve, or sixteen hours a day at some mechanical employment, with perhaps half a dozen fellow-laborers in the same room?... ~William Andrus Alcott (1798–1859), The Young Woman's Book of Health, 1850  #office‑life

And thus the literary man has two fires in his body: the strain of his mental work and the overmuch of blood in his head.... Man, so rich in knowledge, has also become rich in diseases, but poor in health and physical strength. ~Sebastian Kneipp, Thus Shalt Thou Live: Hints and Advice for the Healthy and the Sick on a Simple and Rational Mode of Life and a Natural Method of Cure, 1889, translated from the 19th German edition

Why is it that only girls stand on the sides of their feet?  As if they're afraid to plant themselves?  ~Barbara Kingsolver, Animal Dreams, 1990

HEY YOU! Just one of those disclaimer notes: Don't take the standing thing to the extreme. It's not healthiest for us to stand *all* the time. Sit some, but not too long (probably no more than 20 minutes at a time), then get up and move around for a while. Walk, squat, bend, reach. Heck, may as well hug someone while you're up, too. And likewise, move around — and sit, lay, or rest some — if you stand a lot. "So the key is to build movement variety into the normal workday" (Lloyd Alter, "Are Standing Desks Bad For Your Health?" 2011).  —tεᖇᖇ¡·g

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