Herodotus Quotes

Most popular Herodotus Quotes

Trust your ears less than your eyes.
— Herodotus
Chances rule men and not men chances.
— Herodotus
Fortune commands men, and not men fortune.
— Herodotus
Men trust their ears less than their eyes.
— Herodotus

eyes

All men's gains are the fruit of venturing.
— Herodotus
Nothing is impossible in the long lapse of ages.
— Herodotus
Death is a delightful hiding place for weary men.

death

Circumstances rule men; men do not rule circumstances.
— Herodotus
In peace, sons bury their fathers. In war, fathers bury their sons.
— Herodotus

war

It is the gods ' custom to bring low all things of surpassing greatness.
— Herodotus

greatness

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

knowledge power

Nothing in human life is more to be lamented, than that a wise man who should have so little influence.
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Not snow, no, nor rain, nor heat, nor night keeps them from accomplishing their appointed courses with all speed.
— Herodotus

determination

Very few things happen at the right time, and the rest do not happen at all. The conscientious historian will correct these defects.
— Herodotus

history

It is better by a 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 may happen.
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Every Egyptian was commanded by law annually to declare by what means he maintained himself; and if he omitted to it, or gave no satisfactory account of his way of living, he was punished with death.