Quotations From HERODOTUS


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  • They are free, but not entirely free. For Law is despot over them, and they fear him much more than your men fear you.
    Herodotus (c. 484-424 B.C.), Greek historian. The Histories, 7.104.4.

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  • Civil strife is as much a greater evil than a concerted war effort as war itself is worse than peace.
    Herodotus (c. 484-424 B.C.), Greek historian. The Histories, 8.3.

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  • Of all possessions a friend is the most precious.
    Herodotus (c. 484-424 B.C.), Greek historian. The Histories, 5.42.

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  • Good masters generally have bad slaves, and bad slaves have good masters.
    Herodotus (c. 484-424 B.C.), Greek historian. The Histories, 8.68g.
  • My men have become women, but the women men.
    Herodotus (c. 484-424 B.C.), Greek historian. The Histories, 8.88.

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  • We have two useless gods who never leave our island, but like to dwell in it constantly, Poverty and Helplessness.
    Herodotus (c. 484-424 B.C.), Greek historian. The Histories, 8.111.2.

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  • The god loves to punish whatever is greater than the rest.
    Herodotus (c. 484-424 B.C.), Greek historian. The Histories, 7.10.

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  • As the old saw says well: every end does not appear together with its beginning.
    Herodotus (c. 484-424 B.C.), Greek historian. The Histories, 7.51.

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  • Tell Greece that her spring has been taken out of her year.
    Herodotus (c. 484-424 B.C.), Greek historian. The Histories, 7.162.

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  • There is nothing more foolish, nothing more given to outrage than a useless mob.
    Herodotus (c. 484-424 B.C.), Greek historian. The Histories, 3.81.1.
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