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HERODOTUS ("FATHER OF HISTORY")
Greek historian
(c. 484 BC - c. 409 BC)
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All men's gains are the fruit of venturing.
      - [Action]

Better it is to be envied than pitied.
      - [Envy]

Calumny is a monstrous vice: for, where parties indulge in it, there are always two that are actively engaged in doing wrong, and one who is subject to injury. The calumniator inflicts wrong by slandering the absent; he who gives credit to the calumny before he has investigated the truth is equally implicated. The person traduced is doubly injured--first by him who propagates, and secondly by him who credits the calumny.
      - [Calumny]

Chances rule men and not men chances.
      - [Chance]

Great deeds are usually wrought at great risks.
      - [Greatness]

I am satisfied that we are less convinced by what we hear than by what we see.
      - [Example]

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.
      - [Seriousness]

Illness strikes men when they are exposed to change.
      - [Change]

It is a law of nature that fainthearted men should be the fruit of luxurious countries, for we never find that the same soil produces delicacies and heroes.
      - [Cowards]

Men trust their ears less than their eyes.
      - [Eyes]

Men's fortunes are on a wheel, which in its turning suffers not the same man to prosper for ever.
      - [Fortune]

Neither snow, nor rain, nor heat, nor night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds.
      - inscription on the front of the post office in New York City
        [Post]

Of all men's miseries the bitterest is this, to know so much and to have control over nothing.
      - [Misery]

Remember that with her clothes a woman puts off her modesty.
      - [Modesty]

The ear is a less trustworthy witness than the eye.
      - 1, 8 [Eyes]

From the feet, Hercules.
  [Lat., Ex pede Herculem.]
      - bk. IV, sec. LXXXII [Sculpture]

A Cadmean victory. (The conquerors suffer as much as the conquered.)
      - I, 66, quoting a proverb [Victory]

The wooden wall alone should remain unconquered.
      - VII, 141,
        relating the second reply of the "Pythian Oracle to the Athenians", 480 BC
        [Ships]

It is better to be envied than pitied.
      - Thalia [Envy]


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