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Democritus (/dɪˈmɒkrɪtəs/; Greek: Δημόκριτος, Dēmókritos, meaning "chosen of the people"; c. 460 – c. 370 BC) was an influential Ancient Greek pre-Socratic philosopher primarily remembered today for his formulation of an atomic theory of the universe. Democritus was born in Abdera, Thrace, around 460 BC, although, some thought it was 490 BC. His exact contributions are difficult to disentangle from those of his mentor Leucippus, as they are often mentioned together in texts. Their speculation on atoms, taken from Leucippus, bears a passing and partial resemblance to the 19th-century understanding of atomic structure that has led some to regard Democritus as more of a scientist than other Greek philosophers; however, their ideas rested on very different bases. Largely ignored in ancient Athens, Democritus is said to have been disliked so much by Plato that the latter wished all of his ... More


Democritus Quotes

Democritus #Men

Photo of Democritus Men should strive to think much and know little.
Democritus #Success

Photo of Democritus Raising children is an uncertain thing success is reached only after a life of battle and worry.
Democritus #Hope

Photo of Democritus Hope of ill gain is the beginning of loss.
Democritus #Happiness #Inspirational

Photo of Democritus Happiness resides not in possessions, and not in gold, happiness dwells in the soul.
Democritus #Men #Trust

Photo of Democritus Do not trust all men, but trust men of worth the former course is silly, the latter a mark of prudence.