If a man insisted always on being serious, and never allowed himself a bit of fun and relaxation, he would go mad or become unstable without knowing it.

— Herodotus

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Men trust their ears less than their eyes.

64

The secret of success is that it is not the absence of failure, but the absence of envy.

61

Of all possessions a friend is the most precious.

53

Adversity has the effect of drawing out strength and qualities of a man that would have laid dormant in its absence.

46

In peace sons bury fathers, but war violates the order of nature, and fathers bury sons.

42

Very few things happen at the right time, and the rest do not happen at all.

The conscientious historian will correct these defects.

42

Egypt is the gift of the Nile.

40

It is better to be envied than pitied.

36

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

33

All men's gains are the fruit of venturing.

31

If you have two loaves of bread, keep one to nourish the body, but sell the other to buy hyacinths for the soul.

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The man of affluence is not in fact more happy than the possessor of a bare competency, unless, in addition to his wealth, the end of his life be fortunate. We often see misery dwelling in the midst of splendour, whilst real happiness is found in humbler stations.

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About Herodotus

Quotes 119 sayings
Nationality Greek
Profession Historian
Birthday October 16

Historia (Inquiry); so that the actions of of people will not fade with time.

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The only good is knowledge, and the only evil is ignorance.

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But this I know: if all mankind were to take their troubles to market with the idea of exchanging them, anyone seeing what his neighbor's troubles were like would be glad to go home with his own.

19

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

17

Great deeds are usually wrought at great risks.

15

The destiny of man is in his own soul

14

Bowmen bend their bows when they wish to shoot: unbrace them when the shooting is over. Were they kept always strung they would break and fail the archer in time of need. So it is with men. If they give themselves constantly to serious work, and never indulge awhile in pastime or sport, they lose their senses and become mad.

14

The period of a [Persian] boy's education is between the ages of five and twenty, and he is taught three things only: to ride, to use the bow, and to speak the truth.

13

Death is a delightful hiding place for weary men.

12

It [Egypt] has more wonders in it than any other country in the world and provides more works that defy description than any otherplace.

11

Illness strikes men when they are exposed to change.

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I know that human happiness never remains long in the same place.

9

God does not suffer presumption in anyone but himself.

8

A multitude of rulers is not a good thing. Let there be one ruler, one king.

8

There is nothing more foolish, nothing more given to outrage than a useless mob.

8

The gods loves to punish whatever is greater than the rest.

7

Far better it is to have a stout heart always and suffer one's share of evils, than to be ever fearing what may happen.

7

To think well and to consent to obey someone giving good advice are the same thing.

6

A man calumniated is doubly injured -- first by him who utters the calumny, and then by him who believes it.

6

Remember that with her clothes a woman puts off her modesty.

6

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

6

Unless a variety of opinions are laid before us, we have no opportunity of selection, but are bound of necessity to adopt the particular view which may have been brought forward.

5

The sun will not shine on any country that has borders with ours.

5

How much better a thing it is to be envied than to be pitied.

5

A woman takes off her claim to respect along with her garments.

5

History is marked by alternating movements across the imaginary line that separates East from West in Eurasia.

5

The Scythians take kannabis seed, creep in under the felts, and throw it on the red-hot stones. It smolders and sends up such billows of steam-smoke that no Greek vapor bath can surpass it. The Scythians howl with joy in these vapor-baths, which serve them instead of bathing, for they never wash their bodies with water.

4

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.

4

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

4

Happiness is not fame or riches or heroic virtues, but a state that will inspire posterity to think in reflecting upon our life, that it was the life they would wish to live.

3

The hastening of any undertaking begets error, from which great losses are wont to come.

3

A general curiosity about the unknown sparked by the multicultural milieu in which I spent my formative years. There was a lot of unknown back then, too. I dare say it was easier to be an explorer then.

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The man who has planned badly, if fortune is on his side, may have had a stroke of luck; but his plan was a bad one nonetheless.

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The wooden wall alone should remain unconquered.

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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.

3

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

3

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

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