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Hesiod Quotes

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800 BC - 720 BC
Nationality: Greek
Category: Poet
Subcategory: Greek Poet

Acquisition means life to miserable mortals.


Whoever, fleeing marriage and the sorrows that women cause, does not wish to wed comes to a deadly old age.


Work is no disgrace: it is idleness which is a disgrace.


Try to take for a mate a person of your own neighborhood.


When you deal with your brother, be pleasant, but get a witness.


Giving is good, but taking is bad and brings death.


So the people will pay the penalty for their kings' presumption, who, by devising evil, turn justice from her path with tortuous speech.


We know how to speak many falsehoods that resemble real things, but we know, when we will, how to speak true things.


False shame accompanies a man that is poor, shame that either harms a man greatly or profits him; shame is with poverty, but confidence with wealth.


For both faith and want of faith have destroyed men alike.


He is senseless who would match himself against a stronger man; for he is deprived of victory and adds suffering to disgrace.


A bad neighbor is as great a calamity as a good one is a great advantage.


Observe due measure, for right timing is in all things the most important factor.


The man who does evil to another does evil to himself, and the evil counsel is most evil for him who counsels it.


If you should put even a little on a little and should do this often, soon this would become big.


If you add a little to a little, and then do it again, soon that little shall be much.


Often an entire city has suffered because of an evil man.


Whoever has trusted a woman has trusted deceivers.


Bring a wife home to your house when you are of the right age, not far short of 30 years, nor much above; this is the right time for marriage.


Toil is no source of shame; idleness is shame.


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