I see no hope for the future of our people if they are dependent on the frivolous youth of today, for certainly all youth are reckless beyond words. When I was a boy, we were taught to be discrete and respectful of elders, but the present youth are exceedingly wise and impatient of restraint.— Hesiod
The most provocative Hesiod quotes that will activate your desire to change
Never make a companion equal to a brother.
It is not possible either to trick or escape the mind of Zeus.
Do not let a flattering woman coax and wheedle you and deceive you; she is after your barn.
Love, who is most beautiful among the immortal gods, the melter of limbs, overwhelms in their hearts the intelligence and wise counsel of all gods and all men.
The fool knows after he's suffered.
Observe due measure, for right timing is in all things the most important factor.
If you add a little to a little and do this often, soon the little will become great.
It will not always be summer: build barns.
Happy is the man whom the Muses love: sweet speech flows from his mouth.
Bacteria: The only culture some people have.
He harms himself who does harm to another, and the evil plan is most harmful to the planner.
Before the gates of excellence the high gods have placed sweat;
long is the road thereto and rough and steep at first; but when the heights are reached, then there is ease, though grievously hard in the winning.
The Gods rank work above virtues.
Do not let any sweet-talking woman beguile your good sense with the fascinations of her shape. It's your barn she's after.
In front of excellence, the immortal gods have put sweat, and long and steep is the way to it.
Do not put your work off till to-morrow and the day after;
for a sluggish worker does not fill his barn, nor one who puts off his work: industry makes work go well, but a man who puts off work is always at hand-grips with ruin.
He is senseless who would match himself against a stronger man;
for he is deprived of victory and adds suffering to disgrace.
Whoever has trusted a woman has trusted deceivers.
Acquisition means life to miserable mortals.
Inhibition is no good provider for a needy man
The man who does evil to another does evil to himself, and the evil counsel is most evil for him who counsels it.
Aerial spirits, by great Jove design'd To be on earth the guardians of mankind: Invisible to mortal eyes they go, And mark our actions, good or bad, below: The immortal spies with watchful care preside, And thrice ten thousand round their charges glide: They can reward with glory or with gold, A power they by Divine permission hold.
Love, the fairest among the undying gods, who loosens the limbs of all gods and men, conquers resolve and prudent counsel within the breast.
Toil is no source of shame; idleness is shame.
Long exercise, my friend, inures the mind; And what we once disliked we pleasing find.
Often even a whole city suffers for a bad man who sins and contrives presumptuous deeds.
But they who give straight judgements to strangers and to those of the land and do not transgress what is just, for them the city flourishes and its people prosper.
A bad neighbor is a misfortune, as much as a good one is a great blessing.
Justice prevails over transgression when she comes to the end of the race.
Work is not a shame. Laziness is a shame.
So the people will pay the penalty for their kings' presumption, who, by devising evil, turn justice from her path with tortuous speech.
When you deal with your brother, be pleasant, but get a witness.
At the beginning of the cask and the end take thy fill but be saving in the middle; for at the bottom the savings comes too late.
If you should put even a little on a little and should do this often, soon this would become big.
Drink your fill when the jar is first opened, and when it is nearly done, but be sparing when it is half-empty; it's a poor savingwhen you come to the dregs.
A day is sometimes our mother, sometimes our stepmother.
Work is no disgrace: it is idleness which is a disgrace.
It is best to do things systematically, since we are only human, and disorder is our worst enemy.
He's only harming himself who's bent upon harming another
...Perses, hear me out on justice, and take what I have to say to heart; cease thinking of violence. For the son of Kronos, Zeus, has ordained this law to men: that fishes and wild beasts and winged birds should devour one another, since there is no justice in them; but to mankind he gave justice which proves for the best.
For a man wins nothing better than a good wife, and then again nothing deadlier than a bad one.
No gossip ever dies away entirely, if many people voice it: it, too, is a kind of divinity.
For now indeed is the race of iron; and men never cease from labour and sorrow by day and from perishing by night.
Admire a small ship, but put your freight in a large one;
for the larger the load, the greater will be the profit upon profit.
How easily some light report is set about, but how difficult to bear.
Try to take for a mate a person of your own neighborhood.
That man is best who sees the truth himself.
Good too is he who listens to wise counsel. But who is neither wise himself nor willing to ponder wisdom is not worth a straw.
The best man of all is he who knows everything himself.
Good also the man who accepts another's sound advice; but the man who neither knows himself nor takes to hear what another says, he is no good at all.