Top 20 Quotes By Hippocrates (Father of Medicine)

Hippocrates, (born c. 460 BCE, island of Kos, Greece—died c. 375 BCELarissa, Thessaly),  was a Greek physician of the Age of Pericles (Classical Greece), and is considered one of the most outstanding figures in the history of medicine. He is often referred to as the “Father of Medicine”

Here Are 20 Quotes From Hippocrates


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

  2. Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.

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

  4. Wherever the art of Medicine is loved, there is also a love of Humanity.

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

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

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

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

  9. 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.

  10. Walking is man’s best medicine.

  11. With purity and with holiness I will pass my life and practice my art.

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

  13. If you are in a bad mood go for a walk.If you are still in a bad mood go for another walk.

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

  15. Sleep and watchfulness, both of them, when immoderate, constitute disease.

  16. 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.

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

  18. Natural forces within us are the true healers of disease.

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

  20. Life is short, the art long.

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