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.


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


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.


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.


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


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.


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


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?


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.


Old women should not seek to be perfumed.