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Quotes by Hippocrates

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Wikipedia Summary for Hippocrates

Hippocrates of Kos (Greek: Ἱπποκράτης ὁ Κῷος, translit. Hippokrátēs ho Kṓos; c. 460 – c. 370 BC), also known as Hippocrates II, was a Greek physician of the Age of Pericles (Classical Greece), who is considered one of the most outstanding figures in the history of medicine. He is traditionally referred to as the "Father of Medicine" in recognition of his lasting contributions to the field, such as the use of prognosis and clinical observation, the systematic categorization of diseases, or the formulation of humoural theory. The Hippocratic school of medicine revolutionized ancient Greek medicine, establishing it as a discipline distinct from other fields with which it had traditionally been associated (theurgy and philosophy), thus establishing medicine as a profession.

However, the achievements of the writers of the Corpus, the practitioners of Hippocratic medicine, and the actions of Hippocrates himself were often conflated; thus very little is known about what Hippocrates actually thought, wrote, and did. Hippocrates is commonly portrayed as the paragon of the ancient physician and credited with coining the Hippocratic Oath, which is still relevant and in use today. He is also credited with greatly advancing the systematic study of clinical medicine, summing up the medical knowledge of previous schools, and prescribing practices for physicians through the Hippocratic Corpus and other works.

Quote: Health is the greatest of human blessings. by author Hippocrates overlaid on photo of photo of author Hippocrates with quote

Health is the greatest of human blessings.


Quote: 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. by author Hippocrates overlaid on photo of red and white led lighted heart decor
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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.


Quote: Divine is the task to relieve pain. by author Hippocrates overlaid on photo of photo of author Hippocrates with quote

Divine is the task to relieve pain.


Quote: Fat people who want to reduce should take their exercise on an empty stomach and sit down to their food out of breath. Thin people who want to get fat should do exactly the opposite and never take exercise on an empty stomach. by author Hippocrates overlaid on photo of photo of author Hippocrates with quote

Fat people who want to reduce should take their exercise on an empty stomach and sit down to their food out of breath. Thin people who want to get fat should do exactly the opposite and never take exercise on an empty stomach.


Quote: Get knowledge of the spine, for this is the requisite for many diseases. by author Hippocrates overlaid on photo of photo of author Hippocrates with quote

Get knowledge of the spine, for this is the requisite for many diseases.


Quote: He who does not understand astrology is not a doctor but a fool. by author Hippocrates overlaid on photo of photo of author Hippocrates with quote

He who does not understand astrology is not a doctor but a fool.


Quote: Many admire, few know. by author Hippocrates overlaid on photo of photo of author Hippocrates with quote

Many admire, few know.




Quote: There is one common flow, one common breathing, all things are in sympathy. by author Hippocrates overlaid on photo of photo of author Hippocrates with quote

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


Quote: Who could have foretold, from the structure of the brain, that wine could derange its functions? by author Hippocrates overlaid on photo of photo of author Hippocrates with quote

Who could have foretold, from the structure of the brain, that wine could derange its functions?


Quote: If someone wishes for good health, one must first ask oneself if he is ready to do away with the reasons for his illness. Only then is it possible to help him. by author Hippocrates overlaid on photo of photo of author Hippocrates with quote

If someone wishes for good health, one must first ask oneself if he is ready to do away with the reasons for his illness. Only then is it possible to help him.




Quote: About medications that are drunk or applied to wounds it is worth learning from everyone; for people do not discover these by reasoning but by chance, and experts not more than laymen. by author Hippocrates overlaid on photo of photo of author Hippocrates with quote

About medications that are drunk or applied to wounds it is worth learning from everyone; for people do not discover these by reasoning but by chance, and experts not more than laymen.


Quote: Cure sometimes, treat often and comfort always. by author Hippocrates overlaid on photo of photo of author Hippocrates with quote

Cure sometimes, treat often and comfort always.


Quote: In whatever disease sleep is laborious, it is a deadly symptom; but if sleep does good, it is not deadly. by author Hippocrates overlaid on photo of photo of author Hippocrates with quote

In whatever disease sleep is laborious, it is a deadly symptom; but if sleep does good, it is not deadly.


Quote: The forms of diseases are many and the healing of them is manifold. by author Hippocrates overlaid on photo of photo of author Hippocrates with quote

The forms of diseases are many and the healing of them is manifold.


Quote: The physician must be able to tell the antecedents, know the present, and foretell the future -- must mediate these things, and have two special objects in view with regard to disease, namely, to do good or to do no harm. by author Hippocrates overlaid on photo of photo of author Hippocrates with quote

The physician must be able to tell the antecedents, know the present, and foretell the future -- must mediate these things, and have two special objects in view with regard to disease, namely, to do good or to do no harm.


Quote: The physician treats, but nature heals. by author Hippocrates overlaid on photo of photo of author Hippocrates with quote

The physician treats, but nature heals.


Quote: And if this were so in all cases, the principle would be established, that sometimes conditions can be treated by things opposite to those from which they arose, and sometimes by things like to those from which they arose. by author Hippocrates overlaid on photo of photo of author Hippocrates with quote

And if this were so in all cases, the principle would be established, that sometimes conditions can be treated by things opposite to those from which they arose, and sometimes by things like to those from which they arose.


Quote: What I may see or hear in the course of the treatment or even outside of the treatment in regard to the life of men, which on no account one must spread abroad, I will keep to myself holding such things shameful to be spoken about. by author Hippocrates overlaid on photo of photo of author Hippocrates with quote

What I may see or hear in the course of the treatment or even outside of the treatment in regard to the life of men, which on no account one must spread abroad, I will keep to myself holding such things shameful to be spoken about.


Quote: Timidity betrays want of powers, and audacity a want of skill. There are, indeed, two things, knowledge and opinion, of which the one makes its possessor really to know, the other to be ignorant. by author Hippocrates overlaid on photo of photo of author Hippocrates with quote

Timidity betrays want of powers, and audacity a want of skill. There are, indeed, two things, knowledge and opinion, of which the one makes its possessor really to know, the other to be ignorant.


Quote: Silence is not only never thirsty, but also never brings pain or sorrow. by author Hippocrates overlaid on photo of photo of author Hippocrates with quote

Silence is not only never thirsty, but also never brings pain or sorrow.


Quote: It is better not to apply any treatment in cases of occult cancer; for if treated (by surgery), the patients die quickly; but if not treated, they hold out for a long time. by author Hippocrates overlaid on photo of photo of author Hippocrates with quote

It is better not to apply any treatment in cases of occult cancer; for if treated (by surgery), the patients die quickly; but if not treated, they hold out for a long time.


Quote: Declare the past, diagnose the present, foretell the future. by author Hippocrates overlaid on photo of photo of author Hippocrates with quote

Declare the past, diagnose the present, foretell the future.


Quote: It is changes that are chiefly responsible for diseases, especially the greatest changes, the violent alterations both in the seasons and in other things. (:)...regimen and temperature, and one period of life to another. by author Hippocrates overlaid on photo of photo of author Hippocrates with quote

It is changes that are chiefly responsible for diseases, especially the greatest changes, the violent alterations both in the seasons and in other things. (:)...regimen and temperature, and one period of life to another.


Quote: Where prayer, amulets and incantations work it is only a manifestation of the patient's belief. by author Hippocrates overlaid on photo of photo of author Hippocrates with quote

Where prayer, amulets and incantations work it is only a manifestation of the patient's belief.


Quote: If for the sake of a crowded audience you do wish to hold a lecture, your ambition is no laudable one, and at least avoid all citations from the poets, for to quote them argues feeble industry. by author Hippocrates overlaid on photo of photo of author Hippocrates with quote

If for the sake of a crowded audience you do wish to hold a lecture, your ambition is no laudable one, and at least avoid all citations from the poets, for to quote them argues feeble industry.


Quote: It is most necessary to know the nature of the spine.  One or more vertebrae may or may not go out of place very much and if they do, they are likely to produce serious complications and even death, if not properly adjusted.  Many diseases are related to the spine. by author Hippocrates overlaid on photo of Hippocrates quote; white text on black background

It is most necessary to know the nature of the spine.  One or more vertebrae may or may not go out of place very much and if they do, they are likely to produce serious complications and even death, if not properly adjusted.  Many diseases are related to the spine.


Quote: All the most acute, most powerful, and most deadly diseases, and those which are most difficult to be understood by the inexperienced, fall upon the brain. by author Hippocrates overlaid on photo of photo of author Hippocrates with quote

All the most acute, most powerful, and most deadly diseases, and those which are most difficult to be understood by the inexperienced, fall upon the brain.


Quote: For if a man by magical arts and sacrifices will bring down the moon, and darken the sun, and induce storms, or fine weather, I should not believe that there was anything divine, but human, in these things, provided the power of the divine were overpowered by human knowledge and subjected to it. by author Hippocrates overlaid on photo of Hippocrates quote: For if a man by magical arts and sacrifices will bring down the moon, and darken the sun, and induce storms, or fine weather, I should not believe that there was anything divine, but human, in these things, provided the power of the divine were overpowered by human knowledge and subjected to it.- black text on quotes background

For if a man by magical arts and sacrifices will bring down the moon, and darken the sun, and induce storms, or fine weather, I should not believe that there was anything divine, but human, in these things, provided the power of the divine were overpowered by human knowledge and subjected to it.


Quote: Eunuchs do not take the gout, nor become bald. by author Hippocrates overlaid on photo of photo of author Hippocrates with quote

Eunuchs do not take the gout, nor become bald.


Quote: Nature itself is the best physician. by author Hippocrates overlaid on photo of photo of author Hippocrates with quote

Nature itself is the best physician.


Quote: If you are not your own doctor, you are a fool. by author Hippocrates overlaid on photo of photo of author Hippocrates with quote

If you are not your own doctor, you are a fool.


Quote: Illnesses do not come upon us out of the blue. They are developed from small daily sins against Nature. When enough sins have accumulated, illnesses will suddenly appear. by author Hippocrates overlaid on photo of photo of author Hippocrates with quote

Illnesses do not come upon us out of the blue. They are developed from small daily sins against Nature. When enough sins have accumulated, illnesses will suddenly appear.


Quote: Wine is an appropriate article for mankind, both for the healthy body and for the ailing man. by author Hippocrates overlaid on photo of photo of author Hippocrates with quote

Wine is an appropriate article for mankind, both for the healthy body and for the ailing man.


Quote: Time is that wherein there is opportunity, and opportunity is that wherein there is no great time. by author Hippocrates overlaid on photo of photo of author Hippocrates with quote

Time is that wherein there is opportunity, and opportunity is that wherein there is no great time.




Quote: First of all a natural talent is required; for when Nature opposes, everything else is in vain; but when Nature leads the way to what is most excellent, instruction in the art takes place. by author Hippocrates overlaid on photo of photo of author Hippocrates with quote

First of all a natural talent is required; for when Nature opposes, everything else is in vain; but when Nature leads the way to what is most excellent, instruction in the art takes place.


Quote: All parts of the body which have a function, if used in moderation and exercised in labors in which each is accustomed, become thereby healthy, well developed and age more slowly, but if unused they become liable to disease, defective in growth and age quickly. by author Hippocrates overlaid on photo of photo of author Hippocrates with quote

All parts of the body which have a function, if used in moderation and exercised in labors in which each is accustomed, become thereby healthy, well developed and age more slowly, but if unused they become liable to disease, defective in growth and age quickly.


Quote: There are in fact two things, science and opinion. The former begets knowledge, the latter ignorance. by author Hippocrates overlaid on photo of photo of author Hippocrates with quote

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


Quote: A sensible man ought to think about that well being is the best of human blessings, and find out how by his personal thought to derive profit from his sicknesses. by author Hippocrates overlaid on photo of photo of author Hippocrates with quote

A sensible man ought to think about that well being is the best of human blessings, and find out how by his personal thought to derive profit from his sicknesses.


Quote: From nothing else but the brain come joys, delights, laughter and sports, and sorrows, griefs, despondency, and lamentations. by author Hippocrates overlaid on photo of photo of author Hippocrates with quote

From nothing else but the brain come joys, delights, laughter and sports, and sorrows, griefs, despondency, and lamentations.




Quote: I am about to discuss the disease called 'sacred'. It is not, in my opinion, any more divine or more sacred that other diseases, but has a natural cause, and its supposed divine origin is due to men's inexperience, and to their wonder at its peculiar character. by author Hippocrates overlaid on photo of photo of author Hippocrates with quote

I am about to discuss the disease called 'sacred'. It is not, in my opinion, any more divine or more sacred that other diseases, but has a natural cause, and its supposed divine origin is due to men's inexperience, and to their wonder at its peculiar character.


Quote: For extreme diseases, extreme methods of cure, as to restriction, are most suitable. by author Hippocrates overlaid on photo of photo of author Hippocrates with quote

For extreme diseases, extreme methods of cure, as to restriction, are most suitable.


Quote: What remains in diseases after the crisis is apt to produce relapses. by author Hippocrates overlaid on photo of photo of author Hippocrates with quote

What remains in diseases after the crisis is apt to produce relapses.


Quote: That which is used -- develops. That which is not used wastes away. by author Hippocrates overlaid on photo of photo of author Hippocrates with quote

That which is used -- develops. That which is not used wastes away.




Quote: Sport is a preserver of health. by author Hippocrates overlaid on photo of photo of author Hippocrates with quote

Sport is a preserver of health.


Quote: Old people have fewer diseases than the young, but their diseases never leave them. by author Hippocrates overlaid on photo of photo of author Hippocrates with quote

Old people have fewer diseases than the young, but their diseases never leave them.


Quote: Our food should be our medicine and our medicine should be our food. by author Hippocrates overlaid on photo of photo of author Hippocrates with quote

Our food should be our medicine and our medicine should be our food.


Quote: The greatest medicine of all is teaching people how not to need it. by author Hippocrates overlaid on photo of photo of author Hippocrates with quote

The greatest medicine of all is teaching people how not to need it.


Quote: Everyone has a doctor in him or her; we just have to help it in its work. The natural healing force within each one of us is the greatest force in getting well. Our food should be our medicine. Our medicine should be our food. But to eat when you are sick, is to feed your sickness. by author Hippocrates overlaid on photo of Hippocrates quote: Everyone has a doctor in him or her; we just have to help it in its work. The natural healing force within each one of us is the greatest force in getting well. Our food should be our medicine. Our medicine should be our food. But to eat when you are sick, is to feed your sickness.- black text on quotes background

Everyone has a doctor in him or her; we just have to help it in its work. The natural healing force within each one of us is the greatest force in getting well. Our food should be our medicine. Our medicine should be our food. But to eat when you are sick, is to feed your sickness.


Quote: Idleness and lack of occupation tend -- nay are dragged -- towards evil. by author Hippocrates overlaid on photo of photo of author Hippocrates with quote

Idleness and lack of occupation tend -- nay are dragged -- towards evil.


Quote: He who wishes to be a surgeon should go to war. by author Hippocrates overlaid on photo of photo of author Hippocrates with quote

He who wishes to be a surgeon should go to war.


Quote: Men think epilepsy divine, merely because they do not understand it. We will one day understand what causes it, and then cease to call it divine. And so it is with everything in the universe. by author Hippocrates overlaid on photo of photo of author Hippocrates with quote

Men think epilepsy divine, merely because they do not understand it. We will one day understand what causes it, and then cease to call it divine. And so it is with everything in the universe.


Quote: The way to health is to have an aromatic bath and a scented massage every day. by author Hippocrates overlaid on photo of photo of author Hippocrates with quote

The way to health is to have an aromatic bath and a scented massage every day.


Quote: Anyone wishing to study medicine must master the art of massage. by author Hippocrates overlaid on photo of photo of author Hippocrates with quote

Anyone wishing to study medicine must master the art of massage.


Quote: Persons who have a painful affection in any part of the body, and are in a great measure sensible of the pain, are disordered in intellect. by author Hippocrates overlaid on photo of photo of author Hippocrates with quote

Persons who have a painful affection in any part of the body, and are in a great measure sensible of the pain, are disordered in intellect.


Quote: A wise man ought to realize that health is his most valuable possession. by author Hippocrates overlaid on photo of photo of author Hippocrates with quote

A wise man ought to realize that health is his most valuable possession.


Quote: Persons in whom a crisis takes place pass the night preceding the paroxysm uncomfortably, but the succeeding night generally more comfortably. by author Hippocrates overlaid on photo of photo of author Hippocrates with quote

Persons in whom a crisis takes place pass the night preceding the paroxysm uncomfortably, but the succeeding night generally more comfortably.


Quote: When sleep puts an end to delirium, it is a good symptom. by author Hippocrates overlaid on photo of photo of author Hippocrates with quote

When sleep puts an end to delirium, it is a good symptom.


Quote: The natural healing force within each one of us is the greatest force in getting well. by author Hippocrates overlaid on photo of photo of author Hippocrates with quote

The natural healing force within each one of us is the greatest force in getting well.


Quote: The wise man should consider that health is the greatest of human blessings. Let food be your medicine. by author Hippocrates overlaid on photo of photo of author Hippocrates with quote

The wise man should consider that health is the greatest of human blessings. Let food be your medicine.


Quote: Before you heal someone, ask him if he's willing to give up the things that made him sick. by author Hippocrates overlaid on photo of photo of author Hippocrates with quote

Before you heal someone, ask him if he's willing to give up the things that made him sick.


Quote: Healing in a matter of time, but it is sometimes also a matter of opportunity. by author Hippocrates overlaid on photo of photo of author Hippocrates with quote

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


Quote: A physician without a knowledge of Astrology has no right to call himself a physician. by author Hippocrates overlaid on photo of photo of author Hippocrates with quote

A physician without a knowledge of Astrology has no right to call himself a physician.


Quote: To do nothing is also a good remedy. by author Hippocrates overlaid on photo of photo of author Hippocrates with quote

To do nothing is also a good remedy.


Quote: The chief virtue that language can have is clearness, and nothing detracts from it so much as the use of unfamiliar words. by author Hippocrates overlaid on photo of photo of author Hippocrates with quote

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


Quote: Whenever a doctor cannot do good, he must be kept from doing harm. by author Hippocrates overlaid on photo of photo of author Hippocrates with quote

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


Quote: Science is the father of knowledge, but opinion breeds ignorance. by author Hippocrates overlaid on photo of photo of author Hippocrates with quote

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


Quote: Make a habit of two things: to help; or at least to do no harm. by author Hippocrates overlaid on photo of photo of author Hippocrates with quote

Make a habit of two things: to help; or at least to do no harm.


Quote: 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. by author Hippocrates overlaid on photo of photo of author Hippocrates with quote

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.


Quote: The art is long, life is short. by author Hippocrates overlaid on photo of photo of author Hippocrates with quote

The art is long, life is short.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

The art is long, life is short, opportunity fleeting, experiment dangerous, judgment difficult.


Quote: It's far more important to know what person the disease has than what disease the person has. by author Hippocrates overlaid on photo of photo of author Hippocrates with quote

It's far more important to know what person the disease has than what disease the person has.


Quote: What medicines do not heal, the lance will; what the lance does not heal, fire will. by author Hippocrates overlaid on photo of photo of author Hippocrates with quote

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


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