Hippocrates Quotes On Self Healing and Medicine

Hippocrates is the father of medicine and the first person to write about the importance of cleanliness. He said, “Let food be thy medicine, and medicine be thy food.” This is a quote that I have always loved. It’s very important to eat a well-balanced diet and drink plenty of water to help your body fight off sickness and disease. Here are the most famous Hippocrates quotes.

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Hippocrates was a Greek physician, and one of the founders of Western medicine. He was born in 460 BC in Greece, and died in 370 BC. Hippocrates and his student, Plato, are considered to be the fathers of Western medicine. Hippocrates is known for his ethical approach to medicine, which is still practiced today. He wrote many books on the human body and ancient Greek philosophy. His most famous quote is, “Let thy food be thy medicine and thy medicine be thy food.”

56 Hippocrates Quotes

  1. “Wherever the art of Medicine is loved, there is also a love of Humanity. ”

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

3. “Before you heal someone, ask him if he’s willing to give up the things that make him sick.”

4. “It is better to be full of drink than full of food.” 

5. “Extreme remedies are very appropriate for extreme diseases.”

6. It is time which imparts strength to all things and brings them to maturity.“

9. “Cure sometimes, treat often and comfort always.”

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

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Hippocrates Medicine Quotes

11. “That which is used – develops. That which is not used wastes away.”

12. “Wherever the art of Medicine is loved, there is also a love of Humanity”

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

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

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

16. “Divine is the task to relieve pain

17. Everything in excess is opposed to nature.“

18. “Walking is man’s best medicine.”

19. “The function of protecting and developing health must rank even above that of restoring it when it is impaired.”

20. “When in a state of hunger, one ought not to undertake labor.”

Hippocrates Quotes Life Is Short

21. “Just as food causes chronic disease, it can be the most powerful cure”

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

23. “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.”

24. “Life is short, the art long.”

25. “Foolish the doctor who despises the knowledge acquired by the ancients.”

26. “The life so short, the craft so long to learn.”

27. “Wherever the art of Medicine is loved, there is also a love of Humanity.”

28. “Some patients, though conscious that their condition is perilous, recover their health simply through their contentment with the goodness of the physician.”

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

30. “Conclusions which are merely verbal cannot bear fruit, only those do which are based on demonstrated fact.“

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Hippocrates Quotes About Healing

31. “Cure sometimes, treat often, comfort always.”

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

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

34. “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.”

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

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

37. “Health is the greatest of human blessings.” 

38. “If you are in a bad mood go for a walk.If you are still in a bad mood go for another walk.”

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

40. “Declare the past, diagnose the present, foretell the future.”

Famous Hippocrates Quotes

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

42. “It is far more important to know what person the disease has than what disease the person has.”

43. “If you are in a bad mood, go for a walk. If you are still in a bad mood, go for another walk.”

44. “All disease starts in the gut.” 

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

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

47. “The natural healing force within each of us is the greatest force in getting well.”

48. “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.”

49. “Leave your drugs in the chemist’s pot if you can heal the patient with food.” 

50. “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.”

51. “If you are not your own doctor, you are a fool.” 

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

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

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

55. “Male and female have the power to fuse into one solid, both because both are nourished in both and also because soul is the same thing in all living creatures, although the body of each is different.” 

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

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