Democritus Quotes (45) Greek Philosopher Famous Quotes

Democritus (/dɪˈmɒkrɪtəs/; Greek: Δημόκριτoς, Dēmókritos, meaning “selected of the people”; c. 460 – c. 370 BC) was an Ancient Greek pre-Socratic philosopher best noted today for his articulation of an atomic explanation of the cosmos.

Bornc. 460 BC
Diedc. 370 BC (aged around 90)
EraPre-Socratic philosophy

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Democritus Quotes

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

Everywhere, man places blame on nature and fate, despite the fact that his fate is mostly just a reflection of his character and desire, as well as his mistakes and his weaknesses.

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

There are a lot of dim-witted men with extensive amounts of education.

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

A man with little possessions can become wealthy by reducing his appetite for pleasure.

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The wrongdoer is more unfortunate than the man wronged.

Everything that exists in the cosmos is the result of a combination of random events and unavoidable conditions.

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Our sins are more easily remembered than our good deeds.

If you don’t have very strong desires, you might find that a little bit is actually quite a lot. This is because having a small appetite can make you feel as though you have a lot even if you don’t.

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By desiring little, a poor man makes himself rich.

The key to happiness is not found in material items or even in riches; rather, it is found within oneself.

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

For a man who is both wise and good, the entire world can be considered his homeland.

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

To be good means more than just avoiding doing bad things; it also means avoiding the urge to do wrong things.

Do not trust all men, but do trust men who are worthwhile; the former course of action is foolish, while the later course of action is a sign of wisdom.

Being greedy means wanting to do all of the talking but not wanting to listen to any of it.

The discovery of a single reason is more important to me than the acquisition of the kingdom of Persia.

The accumulation of more information is incomparably more valuable than any power or money.

Nobody pays attention to the things that are right in front of them, but they do pay attention to what’s going on in the sky.

If you are a victim of injustice, try to find some solace in the fact that the real suffering comes from perpetrating it.

In their prayers to the gods, men ask for health; nevertheless, they are oblivious to the fact that they hold the ability to accomplish it within themselves. They are unable to exercise self-control, and as a result, they engage in contradictory behaviour and sacrifice their health for their wants.

The use of encouragement and persuasion through speech, as opposed to law and necessity, will provide the impression of being a more effective means of virtue promotion. Because it is likely that a person who is prevented from engaging in wrongdoing by law will nevertheless engage in wrongdoing covertly, whereas a person who is persuaded to do what he should by persuasion will not engage in wrongdoing either covertly or publicly. Therefore, one who acts ethically based on their understanding and expertise demonstrates themselves to be both bold and right-minded at the same time.

Nothing enjoyable that isn’t also beneficial should be accepted.

Teaching reshapes a person, which in turn allows that person’s nature to be reshaped. This suggests that nature and teaching have a close relationship.

Men find happiness through moderation in pleasure and proportion in their lives because excess and insufficiency have a tendency to vary and drastically alter the spirit. And spirits that fluctuate over lengthy periods of time are neither stable nor happy. In order to make what one has seem great and enviable and to stop suffering in one’s soul due to the desire for more, one should focus on what is possible and be content with what they already have, paying little attention to those who are admired and envied and not dwelling on them in thought. Instead, one should consider the lives of those who are in distress and think of their terrible sufferings.

Because the universe is the nation of a righteous soul, the entire world is available to a wise man.

A plurality only means as much to me as a single individual, and a single individual only means as much to me as a multitude.

The feeling of happiness resides in the soul, and not in material possessions or in gold. Happiness cannot be bought or sold.

If the body were to sue the soul for the pains and suffering it had endured throughout its life, he would gladly vote against it if he were on the jury because it had negligently destroyed some parts of the body, drunkenly depleted others, and ruined and ravaged others in the name of pleasure, just as he would blame the careless user if a tool or utensil was in poor condition.

“Atoms and vacuum are the only things that truly exist; everything else is just opinion”

Atoms and empty space are the fundamental building blocks of the universe; everything else, including life, is just postulated to exist.

According to tradition, sweet, and according to tradition, bitter; according to tradition, hot, and according to tradition, colour; but, in fact, atoms and vacuum.

Opinions are simply a reorganisation of the atoms that make up each of our souls, despite the fact that we have no real knowledge about anything.

People will sometimes attempt to justify their selfishness by claiming that it is for the sake of their children, but this is nothing more than an excuse that they use to make their heinous actions appear respectable and honourable.

It is far simpler to recall our transgressions than it is to recall our virtuous acts.

A man who is controlled by his wealth can never be trusted to tell the truth.

“In their prayers to the gods, men ask for health; however, they are oblivious to the fact that they possess the ability to procure it for themselves. They have no self-control, and as a result, they engage in contradictory behaviour and sacrifice their health for their whims.

Famous Democritus Quotes

A mild case of apoplexy is what you get when you engage in sex.

Instead of gaining the Persian kingdom, I would much prefer find the one genuine cause.

Young people take pride in their power and beauty, whereas older people take pride in their discretion.

More men have excelled through practise than through natural talent.

The success of raising children is unclear; it only comes after a lifetime of struggle and stress.

Medicine treats physical illnesses, while wisdom cleanses the spirit of passions.

The person who wrongs me is not my adversary; rather, the one who intends to do me wrong is.

Excess of even the sweetest things makes them bitter.

In addition to defeating the enemy, the brave man must also be able to resist pleasures.

I value a single man just as highly as I value a large group of people.

Conflict starts when envy arises.

The victim is not as unfortunate as the criminal.

Some men rule over entire cities, but they are women’s slaves.

Speaking nonstop but not wanting to listen at all is an act of greed.

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