32 Famous Herodotus Quotes

32 Famous Herodotus Quotes

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Herodotus was a historian from Ancient Greece. He is known widely as “The Father of History” because he is the first person to gather and collect materials in an organized way. His works documented the Greco-Persian wars of the 5th century. He died in 425 BC at the age of 60.

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

“But I like not these great success of yours; for I know how jealous are the gods.”

“Circumstances rule men; men do not rule circumstances.”

“Death is a delightful hiding place for weary men.”

“For if one should propose to all men a choice, bidding them select the best customs from all the customs that there are, each race of men, after examining them all, would select those of
his own people; thus all think that their own customs are by far the best”

“Force has no place where there is need of skill.”

“Great deeds are usually wrought at great risks.”

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

“I am bound to tell what I am told, but not in every case to believe it.”

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

“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.”

“If someone were to put a proposition before men bidding them choose, after examination, the best customs in the world, each nation would certainly select its own. ”

“Illness strikes men when they are exposed to change.”

“In peace sons bury fathers, but in war fathers bury sons.”

“In soft regions are born soft men.”

“It is better by noble boldness to run the risk of being subject to half of the evils we anticipate than to remain in cowardly listlessness for fear of what might happen.”

“It is better to be envied than pitied.”

“It is sound planning that invariably earns us the outcome we want; without it, even the gods are unlikely to look with favour on our designs.

“It is the gods’ custom to bring low all things of surpassing greatness.”

“It was a kind of Cadmean victory.”

“It’s impossible for someone who is human to have all good things together, just as there is no single country able to provide all good things for itself.”

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

“Men trust their ears less than their eyes.”

“Men’s fortunes are on a wheel, which in its turning suffers not the same man to prosper for ever.”

“Tell your king (Xerxes), who sent you, how his Greek viceroy (Alexander I) of Macedonia has received you hospitably.”

“The destiny of man is in his own soul.”

“The king’s might is greater than human, and his arm is very long.”

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

“The worst pain a man can suffer: to have insight into much and power over nothing.”

“This is the bitterest pain among men, to have much knowledge but no power.”

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

“When life is so burdensome death has become a sought after refuge.”