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Sunday, May 30, 2021

Quotes from Herodotus (484-425 bce)


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If an important decision is to be made, they [the Persians] discuss the question when they are drunk, and the following day the master of the house where the discussion was held submits their decision for reconsideration when they are sober. If they still approve it, it is adopted; if not, it is abandoned. Conversely, any decision they make when they are sober, is reconsidered afterwards when they are drunk.

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One should always look to the end of everything, how it will finally come out. For the god has shown blessedness to many only to overturn them utterly in the end.

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In soft regions are born soft men.

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Of all men's miseries the bitterest is this: to know so much and to have control over nothing.

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

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

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Civil strife is as much a greater evil than a concerted war effort as war itself is worse than peace.

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Death is a delightful hiding place for weary men.

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They made it plain to everyone, however, and above all to the king himself, that although he had plenty of troops, he did not have many men.

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Of all possessions a friend is the most precious.


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