Inspirational Democritus quotes

Democritus quotes
Inspirational Democritus quote

Democritus (c. 460 – c. 370 BC) was an influential Ancient Greek pre-Socratic philosopher primarily remembered today for his formulation of an atomic theory of the universe. This post features some inspirational Democritus quotes.He is popularly known as “the laughing philosopher” for advocating a cheerful outlook, and for his rhetorical use of irony and ridicule.

Democritus was born in Abdera, Thrace, around 460 BC, although, some thought it was 490 BC. His exact contributions are difficult to disentangle from those of his mentor Leucippus, as they are often mentioned together in texts. Their speculation on atoms, taken from Leucippus, bears a passing and partial resemblance to the 19th-century understanding of atomic structure that has led some to regard Democritus as more of a scientist than other Greek philosophers; however, their ideas rested on very different bases. Largely ignored in ancient Athens, Democritus is said to have been disliked so much by Plato that the latter wished all of his books burned. He was nevertheless well known to his fellow northern-born philosopher Aristotle. Many consider Democritus to be the “father of modern science”. None of his writings have survived; only fragments are known from his vast body of work.

Democritus quotes

“Everywhere man blames nature and fate, yet his fate is mostly but the echo of his character and passions, his mistakes and weaknesses.”
― Democritus

Democritus quotes
Democritus quote

“Men ask for health in their prayers to the gods: they do not realize that the power to achieve it lies in themselves. Lacking self-control, they perform contrary actions and betray health to their desires.”
― Democritus

“Accept nothing pleasant unless it is beneficial.”
― Democritus

“Nothing exists except atoms and empty space; everything else is opinion.”
Democritus quotes

“By desiring little, a poor man makes himself rich.”
― Democritus

“It is greed to do all the talking but not to want to listen at all.”
― Democritus

“Everywhere man blames nature and fate yet his fate is mostly but the echo of his character and passion, his mistakes and his weaknesses.”
― Democritus

“There are many who know many things, yet are lacking in wisdom.”
― Democritus

“Happiness resides not in possessions, and not in gold, happiness dwells in the soul.”
― Democritus

Democritus quotes
Inspirational Democritus quotes

“To a wise and good man the whole earth is his fatherland.”
― Democritus

“We know nothing truly about anything, but for each of us opining is a rearrangement of soul atoms.”
― Democritus

“Many much-learned men have no intelligence.”
― Democritus

“Good breeding in cattle depends on physical health, but in men on a well-formed character.”
― Democritus

“A life without a holiday is like a long journey without an inn to rest at.”
― Democritus

“No one regards the things before his feet, But views with care the regions of the sky.”
― Democritus

“Fools learn wisdom through misfortune.”
― Democritus

“Nature and teaching are closely related; for teaching reforms a person, and by reforming remakes his nature.”
― Democritus

“If your desires are not great, a little will seem much to you; for small appetite makes poverty equivalent to wealth.”
― Democritus

“The hopes of the right-minded may be realized, those of fools are impossible.”
― Democritus

“Medicine heals diseases of the body, wisdom frees the soul from passions.”
― Democritus

“One should emulate works and deeds of virtue, not arguments about it.”
Democritus quotes

Democritus quotes
Inspirational Democritus quotes

“No power and no treasure can outweigh the extension of our knowledge.”
― Democritus

“I would rather discover one cause than gain the kingdom of Persia.”
― Democritus

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

“The pleasures that give most joy are the ones that most rarely come.”
― Democritus

“A sensible man takes pleasure in what he has instead of pining for what he has not.”
― Democritus

“One man means as much to me as a multitude, and a multitude only as much as one man.”
Democritus quotes

“Good means not merely not to do wrong, but rather not to desire to do wrong.”
― Democritus

“If thou sustain injustice, console thyself; the true unhappiness is in doing it.”
― Democritus

“One will seem to promote virtue better by using encouragement and persuasion of speech than law and necessity. For it is likely that he who is held back from wrongdoing by law will err in secret but that he who is urged to what he should by persuasion will do nothing wrong either in secret or openly. Therefore he who acts rightly from understanding and knowledge proves to be at the same time courageous and right-minded.”
― Democritus

“If the body were to take the soul to court for the pains and suffering it had endured throughout its life, then if he were to be on the jury for the case he would gladly cast his vote against the soul inasmuch as it had destroyed some parts of the body by negligence or dissipated them by drunkenness, and had ruined and ravaged other parts by its pursuit of pleasures – just as he would blame the careless user if a tool or utensil were in a bad condition.”
― Democritus

“All who delight in the pleasures of the belly, exceeding all measure in eating and drinking and love, find that the pleasures are brief and last but a short while—only so long as they are eating and drinking—but the pains that come after are many and endure. The longing for the same things keeps ever returning, and whenever the objects of one’s desire are realized forthwith the pleasure vanishes, and one has no further use for them. The pleasure is brief, and once more the need for the same things returns.”
― Democritus

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4 Comments


  1. Thank you very much for these quotes!

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  2. “fools learn wisdom through misfortune” so true yet so arrogant.

    “we are not always meant to know why things happen, some times we just have to accept them as God’s will” -From the movie Contact.

    Is there true wisdom on misfortune aftermath or do we make it up in search of a meaning? “Is this air air you are breathing now?” 🙂

    Thank you for stopping by! i love the blog, already followed

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