Democritus was an eminent Ancient Greek pre-Socratic philosopher renowned for formulating the most accurate atomic theory of universe. Leucippus of Miletus had a great influence on him and the ideas proposed by Democritus were in disagreement with philosophers like Aristotle and Plato. It is also said that Plato despised Democritus so much that he wanted all his books to be burnt. Democritus had visited many countries and had shared his thoughts, viewpoints and ideas with scholars across the globe. He is also considered as the ‘father of modern science’ by many for the fidelity of his philosophical recommendations. Majority of his works have not survived and only fragments from his vast body of thoughts and work remain. We bring to you quotable quotes and sayings by Democritus which have been excerpted from those fragments, available writings, recommendations and work.
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.