Democritus

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The kingdom of gold
exists . . . Everything else is
empty opinion

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Moderation is
an injustice . . . Throw prudence
to the winds of sin

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Happiness is the
fruit of useless gifts . . . Strive to
trust chance and folly

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The gods stumble in
their blindness . . . Baneful old men
who do not listen

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It is better to
destroy Persia than one’s own
atoms of battle

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The silly rich should
think on the one true cause of
injurious greed

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The poor can console
themselves with little more than
desire and good deeds

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