Hippocrates, fully known as Hippocrates of Cos or Hippokrates of Kos

Hippocrates, fully known as Hippocrates of Cos or Hippokrates of Kos
c. 460 B.C.
377 B.C.

Greek Physician, Father of Medicine

Author Quotes

Walking is man's best medicine.

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

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

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

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.

Cure sometimes, treat often, comfort always.

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.

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

Wherever a doctor cannot do good, he must be kept from doing harm.

Desperate cases need the most desperate remedies.

One may derive information from the regimen of persons in good health what things are proper; for if it appear that there is a great difference whether the diet be so and so, in other respects, but more especially in the changes, how can it be otherwise in diseases, and more especially in the acute? But it is well ascertained that even a faulty diet of food and drink steadily persevered in, is safer in the main as regards health than if one suddenly change to another.

There is one common flow, one common breathing, All things are in sympathy.

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

Natural forces within us are the true healers of disease.

By opposites opposites are cured.

Fat men are more likely to die suddenly than the slender.

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

Everything in excess is opposed to nature... To do nothing is sometimes a good remedy.

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First Name
Hippocrates, fully known as Hippocrates of Cos or Hippokrates of Kos
Birth Date
c. 460 B.C.
Death Date
377 B.C.

Greek Physician, Father of Medicine