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Democritus Quotes

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460 BC - 370 BC
Nationality: Greek
Category: Philosopher
Subcategory: Greek Philosopher

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


Now as of old the gods give men all good things, excepting only those that are baneful and injurious and useless. These, now as of old, are not gifts of the gods: men stumble into them themselves because of their own blindness and folly.


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


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


The wrongdoer is more unfortunate than the man wronged.


By desiring little, a poor man makes himself rich.


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


Raising children is an uncertain thing; success is reached only after a life of battle and worry.

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


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


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


Hope of ill gain is the beginning of loss.


Throw moderation to the winds, and the greatest pleasures bring the greatest pains.


Men should strive to think much and know little.


Our sins are more easily remembered than our good deeds.


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


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


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


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