The phrase "health is better than wealth" is an old Irish proverb that originates from the Gaelic language. According to Compass Rose Cultural Crossroads, the original words were "Is fearr an tsláinte ná na táinte."
Proverbs are called "seanfhocail" in Irish, which means "old words." The message of this proverb is that it is better to be healthy than rich. The English have also used this proverb for many years. Proverbs originate from verses or ancestors who pass down wise words of advice over the generations, and the meaning can alter over the years.