Herodotus

(484 BC-425 BC / Halicarnassus)

Herodotus Quotes

  • ''A man calumniated is doubly injured—first by him who utters the calumny, and then by him who believes it.''
    Herodotus (c. 484-425 B.C.), Greek historian. Artabanus, in Histories, bk. 7 (c. 430 B.C.). Said of the disparagement of the Greeks by Mardonius.
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  • ''When a woman removes her garment, she also removes the respect that is hers.''
    Herodotus (c. 484-424 B.C.), Greek historian. The Histories, 1.8.
  • ''The most hateful human misfortune is for a wise man to have no influence.''
    Herodotus (c. 484-424 B.C.), Greek historian. The Histories, 9.16.
  • ''For as the body grows old, so the wits grow old and become blind towards all things alike.''
    Herodotus (c. 484-424 B.C.), Greek historian. The Histories, 3.314.
  • ''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 (c. 484-424 B.C.), Greek historian. The Histories, 3.38.1.
  • ''How can a monarchy be a suitable thing, which allows a man to do as he pleases with none to hold him to account. And even if you were to take the best man on earth, and put him into a monarchy, you put outside him the thoughts that usually guide him.''
    Herodotus (c. 484-424 B.C.), Greek historian. The Histories, 3.80.3.
  • ''My men have become women, but the women men.''
    Herodotus (c. 484-424 B.C.), Greek historian. The Histories, 8.88.
  • ''Where even a falsehood must be told, let it be told.''
    Herodotus (c. 484-424 B.C.), Greek historian. The Histories, 3.72.
  • ''It is clear that not in one thing alone, but in many ways equality and freedom of speech are a good thing.''
    Herodotus (c. 484-424 B.C.), Greek historian. The Histories, 5.78.
  • ''Good masters generally have bad slaves, and bad slaves have good masters.''
    Herodotus (c. 484-424 B.C.), Greek historian. The Histories, 8.68g.

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