Herodotus quotes

Born
c. 484 BC.

Died
c. 425 BC.

Occupation
Historian.

Herodotus was a Greek historian who was born in Halicarnassus in the Persian Empire.

Men’s fortunes are on a wheel, which in its turning suffers not the same man to prosper for ever.
– Herodotus
When a woman removes her garment, she also removes the respect that is hers.
– Herodotus
The only good is knowledge, and the only evil is ignorance.
– Herodotus
The most hateful human misfortune is for a wise man to have no influence.
– Herodotus
Men trust their ears less than their eyes.
– Herodotus
Many exceedingly rich men are unhappy, but many middling circumstances are fortunate.
– Herodotus
The gods love to punish whatever is greater than the rest.
– Herodotus
Circumstances rule men; men do not rule circumstances.
– Herodotus
In peace, sons bury their fathers. In war, fathers bury their sons.
– Herodotus
He is the best man who, when making his plans, fears and reflects on everything that can happen to him, but in the moment of action is bold.
– Herodotus
Remember that with her clothes a woman puts off her modesty.
– Herodotus
God does not suffer presumption in anyone but himself.
– Herodotus
The man who has planned badly, if fortune is on his side, may have had a stroke of luck; but his plan was a bad one nonetheless.
– Herodotus
To think well and to consent to obey someone giving good advice are the same thing.
– Herodotus
Force has no place where there is need of skill.
– Herodotus
Of all possessions a friend is the most precious.
– Herodotus
But I like not these great success of yours; for I know how jealous are the gods.
– Herodotus
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.
– Herodotus
A man calumniated is doubly injured – first by him who utters the calumny, and then by him who believes it.
– Herodotus
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.
– Herodotus
The ears of men are lesser agents of belief than their eyes.
– Herodotus
In soft regions are born soft men.
– Herodotus
There is nothing more foolish, nothing more given to outrage than a useless mob.
– Herodotus
Death is a delightful hiding place for weary men.
– Herodotus
It is clear that not in one thing alone, but in many ways equality and freedom of speech are a good thing.
– Herodotus
Some men give up their designs when they have almost reached the goal; While others, on the contrary, obtain a victory by exerting, at the last moment, more vigorous efforts than ever before.
– Herodotus
It is better by noble boldness to run the risk of being subject to half the evils we anticipate than to remain in cowardly listlessness for fear of what might happen.
– Herodotus
Knowledge may give weight, but accomplishments give lustre, and many more people see than weigh.
– Herodotus
Very few things happen at the right time, and the rest do not happen at all. The conscientious historian will correct these defects.
– Herodotus
Illness strikes men when they are exposed to change.
– Herodotus
Great deeds are usually wrought at great risks.
– Herodotus
Whatever comes from God is impossible for a man to turn back.
– Herodotus
All men’s gains are the fruit of venturing.
– Herodotus