Herodotus

Herodotus
484 B.C.
425 B.C.

Greek historian who was born in Halicarnassus, Caria (modern day Bodrum, Turkey)called the "Father of History"

Author Quotes

There is nothing more foolish, nothing more given to outrage than a useless mob.

The only good is knowledge, and the only evil is ignorance.

The most hateful human misfortune is for a wise man to have no influence.

Of all possessions a friend is the most precious.

Men trust their ears less than their eyes.

Circumstances rule men; men do not rule circumstances.

Great deeds are usually wrought at great risks.

This is the worst pain a person can suffer: to have insight into much and power over nothing.

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

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 that ever before.

It is better by noble boldness to run the risk of being subject to half of the evils we anticipate than to remain in the cowardly listlessness for fear of what may happen.

No one is fool enough to choose war instead of peace. For in peace sons bury their fathers, but war violates the order of nature, and fathers bury sons.

I am satisfied that we are less convinced by what we hear than by what we see.

In peace, sons bury their fathers; in war, fathers bury their sons.

Chance rule men, and not men chances.

Human happiness never continues long in one stay.

The worst pain a man can have is to know much and be impotent to act.

There is nothing in all the world so precious as a friend who is at once wise and true.

The destiny of man is in his own soul.

The two great gods, Persuasion and Necessity.

No man is ever full fed with success.

Pride is the possession of fools.

Men are dependent on circumstances, not circumstances on men.

Men trust their ears less than their eyes.

He is the best man who is timid in counsel but bold in action.

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First Name
Herodotus
Birth Date
484 B.C.
Death Date
425 B.C.
Bio

Greek historian who was born in Halicarnassus, Caria (modern day Bodrum, Turkey)called the "Father of History"