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DEMOCRITUS
Greek philosopher
(460 BC - 370 BC)

Everything existing in the universe is the fruit of chance and necessity.
      - [Chance : Necessity]

Hope of ill gain is the beginning of loss.
      - [Hope]

If thou suffer injustice, console thyself; the true unhappiness is in doing it.
      - [Injustice]

Nature . . . has buried truth deep in the bottom of the sea.
      - quoted by Cicero "Academic Questions", bk. II, ch. X (C.D. Yonge's translation), credited to Democritus by Lactantius "Institutiones", bk. III, ch. XXVIII
        [Truth]

Nothing exists except atoms and empty space; everything else is opinion.
      - [Existence]

One great difference between a wise man and a fool is: the former only wishes for what he may possibly obtain; the latter desires impossibilities.
      - [Impossibility]

Raising children is an uncertain thing; success is reached only after a life of battle and worry.
      - [Children]

Throw moderation to the winds, and the greatest pleasures bring the greatest pains.
      - [Moderation]

To do all the talking and not be willing to listen is a form of greed.
      - [Greed]

To speak but little becomes a woman; and she is best adorned who is in plain attire.
      - [Women]


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