24 Motivational Herodotus Quotes

Herodotus was an ancient Greek writer, geographer, and historian born in the Greek city of Halicarnassus, part of the Persian Empire. He is known for having written the Histories – a detailed account of the Greco-Persian Wars. Herodotus was the first writer to do a systematic investigation of historical events. Here are some inspirational Herodotus Quotes. we hope these motivating quotes will motivate you in life.

“Men trust their ears less than their eyes.”

“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.”

“It is better to be envied than pitied.”

Herodotus Quotes

“In peace sons bury fathers, but war violates the order of nature, and fathers bury sons.”

“It is said that as many days as there are in the whole journey, so many are the men and horses that stand along the road, each horse and man at the interval of a days journey; and these are stayed neither by snow nor rain nor heat nor darkness from accomplishing their appointed course with all speed.”

“I know that human happiness never remains long in the same place.”

“Unless a variety of opinions are laid before us, we have no opportunity of selection, but are bound of necessity to adopt the particular view which may have been brought forward.”

“Circumstances rule men; men do not rule circumstances.”

Herodotus Quotes

“All men’s gains are the fruit of venturing.”

“Haste in every business brings failures.”

“In peace children inter their parents, war violates the order of nature and causes parents to inter their children.”

“Some 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.”

“Where wisdom is called for, force is of little use.”

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“It is the gods’ custom to bring low all things of surpassing greatness.”

“Great deeds are usually wrought at great risks.”

“Before a man dies, hold back and call him not happy but lucky.”

“Let there be nothing untried; for nothing happens by itself, but men obtain all things by trying.”

“My men have become women, but the women men.”

“Good masters generally have bad slaves, and bad slaves have good masters.”

“Where even a falsehood must be told, let it be told.”

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“The trials of living and the pangs of disease make even the short span of life too long.”

“We have two useless gods who never leave our island, but like to dwell in it constantly, Poverty and Helplessness.”

“Tell Greece that her spring has been taken out of her year.”

“But if you know that you are a man too, and that even such are those that rule, learn this first of all: that all human affairs are a wheel which, as it turns, does not allow the same men always to be fortunate.”

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