We don’t rise to the level of our expectations – we fall to the level of our training.

— Archilochus

The most tempting Archilochus quotes that are life-changing and eye-opening

I have a high art, I hurt with cruelty those who would damage me.

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The Fox knows many things-the hedgehog one big one.

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Zeus, the father of the Olympic Gods, turned mid-day into night, hiding the light of the dazzling Sun; and sore fear came upon men.

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Be brave, my heart. Plant your feet and square your shoulders to the enemy. Meet him among the man-killing spears. Hold your ground. In victory, do not brag; in defeat, do not weep.

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Take the joy and bear the sorrow, looking past your hopes and fears: learn to recognize the measured dance that orders all our years.

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Let who will boast their courage in the field, I find but little safety from my shield, Nature's, not honour's law we must obey: This made me cast my useless shield away.

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Nothing can be sworn impossible since Zeus made night during mid-day, hiding the light of the shining Sun.

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And by a prudent flight and cunning save A life which valour could not, from the grave. A better buckler I can soon regain, But who can get another life again?

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These golden matters Of Gyges and his treasuries Are no concern of mine.

Jealousy has no power over me, Nor do I envy a god his work, And I do not burn to rule. Such things have no Fascination for my eyes.

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Old women should not seek to be perfumed.

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