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Democritus Quotes

A pre-Socratic Greek philosopher.
(460 BC - 370 BC)

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By desiring little, a poor man makes himself rich.

Disease occurs in a household, or in a life, just as it does in a body.

Do not trust all men, but trust men of worth; the former course is silly, the latter a mark of prudence.

Envy is the cause of political division.

Everything existing in the universe is the fruit of chance and necessity.

Good means not merely not to do wrong, but rather not to desire to do wrong.

Happiness resides not in possessions, and not in gold, happiness dwells in the soul.

Hope of ill gain is the beginning of loss.

I would rather discover one true cause than gain the kingdom of Persia.

If thou suffer injustice, console thyself; the true unhappiness is in doing it.

In cattle excellence is displayed in strength of body; but in men it lies in strength of character.

It is better to destroy one's own errors than those of others.

It is childish, not manly, to have immoderate desires.

It is godlike ever to think on something beautiful and on something new.

It is greed to do all the talking but not to want to listen at all.

It is hard to fight with desire; but to overcome it is the mark of a rational man.

Medicine cures the diseases of the body; wisdom, on the other hand, relieves the soul of its sufferings.

Men should strive to think much and know little.

Moderation increases enjoyment, and makes pleasure even greater.

Nothing exists except atoms and empty space; everything else is opinion.

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