Hesiod


Hesiod Quotes

  • ''Often even a whole city suffers for a bad man who sins and contrives presumptuous deeds.''
    Hesiod (c. 8th century B.C.), Greek didactic poet. Works and Days, 240.
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  • ''A sparing tongue is the greatest treasure among men.''
    Hesiod (c. 8th century B.C.), Greek didactic poet. Works and Days, 719.
  • ''So the people will pay the penalty for their kings' presumption, who, by devising evil, turn justice from her path with tortuous speech.''
    Hesiod (c. 8th century B.C.), Greek didactic poet. Works and Days, 260.
  • ''Hunger is an altogether fit companion for the idle man.''
    Hesiod (c. 8th century B.C.), Greek didactic poet. Works and Days, 302.
  • ''Wealth should not be seized, but the god-given is much better.''
    Hesiod (c. 8th century B.C.), Greek didactic poet. Works and Days, 320.
  • ''Drink your fill when the jar is first opened, and when it is nearly done, but be sparing when it is half-empty; it's a poor saving when you come to the dregs.''
    Hesiod (c. 8th century B.C.), Greek didactic poet. Works and Days, 368.
  • ''If you add a little to a little, and then do it again, soon that little shall be much.''
    Hesiod (c. 8th century B.C.), Greek didactic poet. Works and Days, 316.
  • ''Preserve the mean; the opportune moment is best in all things.''
    Hesiod (c. 8th century B.C.), Greek didactic poet. Works and Days, 694.
  • ''For dawn takes away a third part of your work, and advances a man on his journey, and advances him in his work.''
    Hesiod (c. 8th century B.C.), Greek didactic poet. Works and Days, 578.
  • ''In the race for wealth, a neighbor tries to outdo his neighbor, but this strife is good for men. For the potter envies potter, and the carpenter the carpenter, and the beggar rivals the beggar, and the singer the singer.''
    Hesiod (c. 8th century B.C.), Greek didactic poet. Works and Days, 23.

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