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Herodotus Quotes

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484 BC - 409 BC
Nationality: Greek
Category: Historian
Subcategory: Greek Historian

The ears of men are lesser agents of belief than their eyes.


It is clear that not in one thing alone, but in many ways equality and freedom of speech are a good thing.


I never yet feared those men who set a place apart in the middle of their cities where they gather to cheat one another and swear oaths which they break.


But I like not these great success of yours; for I know how jealous are the gods.


One should always look to the end of everything, how it will finally come out. For the god has shown blessedness to many only to overturn them utterly in the end.


Soft men tend to be born from soft countries.


The most hateful human misfortune is for a wise man to have no influence.


In soft regions are born soft men.


Force has no place where there is need of skill.


All men's gains are the fruit of venturing.


It's impossible for someone who is human to have all good things together, just as there is no single country able to provide all good things for itself.


Of all possessions a friend is the most precious.

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Many exceedingly rich men are unhappy, but many middling circumstances are fortunate.


Civil strife is as much a greater evil than a concerted war effort as war itself is worse than peace.


Knowledge may give weight, but accomplishments give lustre, and many more people see than weigh.


Some men give up their designs when they have almost reached the goal; While others, on the contrary, obtain a victory by exerting, at the last moment, more vigorous efforts than ever before.


If someone were to put a proposition before men bidding them choose, after examination, the best customs in the world, each nation would certainly select its own.


It is better by noble boldness to run the risk of being subject to half the evils we anticipate than to remain in cowardly listlessness for fear of what might happen.


When a woman removes her garment, she also removes the respect that is hers.


The worst pain a man can suffer: to have insight into much and power over nothing.


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