Hippocrates (460 BC-370 BC)

“Science is the father of knowledge, but opinion breeds ignorance.”

“Wherever the art of medicine is loved, there is also a love of humanity.”

“If we could give every individual the right amount of nourishment and exercise, not too little and not too much, we would have found the safest way to health.”

“Natural forces within us are the true healers of disease.”

“To do nothing is sometimes a good remedy.”

“It’s far more important to know what person the disease has than what disease the person has.”

“Life is short, art long, opportunity fleeting, experience treacherous, judgment difficult.”

“There are in fact two things, science and opinion; the former begets knowledge, the later ignorance.”

“Walking is man’s best medicine.”

“The art is long, life is short.”

“Whenever a doctor cannot do good, he must be kept from doing harm.”

“Healing in a matter of time, but it is sometimes also a matter of opportunity.”

“Everything in excess is opposed to nature.”

“What medicines do not heal, the lance will; what the lance does not heal, fire will.”

“The chief virtue that language can have is clearness, and nothing detracts from it so much as the use of unfamiliar words.”

“A physician without a knowledge of astrology has no right to call himself a physician.”

“As to diseases, make a habit of two things – to help, or at least, to do no harm.”

“A wise man should consider that health is the greatest of human blessings, and learn how by his own thought to derive benefit from his illnesses.”

“Extreme remedies are very appropriate for extreme diseases.”

“I swear… to hold my teacher in this art equal to my own parents; to make him partner in my livelihood; when he is in need of money to share mine with him; to consider his family as my own brothers and to teach them this art, if they want to learn it, without fee or indenture.”

“Cure sometimes, treat often, comfort always.”

“Many admire, few know.”

“Keep a watch also on the faults of the patients, which often make them lie about the taking of things prescribed.”

“Prayer indeed is good, but while calling on the gods, a man should himself lend a hand.”

“It is more important to know what sort of person has a disease than to know what sort of disease a person has.”

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