mens sana in corpore sano

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Latin[edit]

Etymology[edit]

from the Roman poet Juvenal (Satire X, line 356).

Proverb[edit]

mēns sāna in corpore sānō

  1. A healthy mind in a healthy body.
    • 1st-2nd cent.Juvenal, Saturae, Book IV, X, line 356.
      orandum est ut sit mens sana in corpore sano
      You should pray for a healthy mind in a healthy body

Usage notes[edit]

Over time, the phrase has come to mean that only a healthy body can produce or sustain a healthy mind - and vice versa.