Quotations From HERODOTUS

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  • 1.
    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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  • 2.
    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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  • 3.
    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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  • 4.
    Good masters generally have bad slaves, and bad slaves have good masters.
    Herodotus (c. 484-424 B.C.), Greek historian. The Histories, 8.68g.
  • 5.
    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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  • 6.
    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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  • 7.
    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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  • 8.
    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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  • 9.
    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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  • 10.
    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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