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  • That which is used develops. That which is not used wastes away.
Famous "quote". Often stated, since the 1970s and before. Often attributed to Hippocrates. Never sourced. (Currently stated at w:en:Strength training#History.) - A876 (talk) 20:59, 1 May 2018 (UTC)
  • He who does not understand astrology is not a doctor but a fool.
  • I approve of theorizing if it lays its foundation in incident, and deduces its conclusions in accordance with phenomena.
  • Idleness and lack of occupation tend — nay are dragged — towards evil.
  • 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.
  • It is more important to know what sort of person has a disease than to know what sort of disease a person has.
  • Let your food be medicine and your medicine be food.
  • People believe that this disease is sacred simply because they don't know what causes it? But some day I believe they will, and the moment they figure out why people have epilepsy, it will cease to be considered divine.
I doubt that Hippocrates would have used language like "figure out". - 13:06, 9 July 2004‎
  • Prayer indeed is good, but while calling on the gods a man should himself lend a hand.
  • Science is the father of knowledge, but opinion breeds ignorance.
  • There are, in fact, two things: science and opinion; the former begets knowledge, the latter ignorance.
  • Walking is man's best medicine.


  • War is the only proper school of the surgeon.
This quote is false, being based on Hippocrates - The Physician 14 which states that "Related to this is the surgery of wounds arising in military service, which concerns the extraction of missiles. In city practice experience of these is but little, for very rarely even in a whole lifetime are there civil or military combats. In fact such things occur most frequently and continuously in armies abroad. Thus, the person intending to practice this kind of surgery must serve in the army, and accompany it on expeditions abroad; for in this way he would become experienced in this practice." -‎ 09:50, 24 December 2015