Frases Heródoto

„This is the bitterest pain among men, to have much knowledge but no power.“

—  Herodotus
Book 9, Ch. 16 Variant translations: Of all men's miseries the bitterest is this: to know so much and to have control over nothing. The most hateful torment for men is to have knowledge of everything but power over nothing.


„In peace sons bury fathers, but in war fathers bury sons.“

—  Herodotus
Variant translation: In peace, children inter their parents; war violates the order of nature and causes parents to inter their children. Book 1, Ch. 87.

„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 than ever before.“

—  Herodotus
Though widely attributed to Herodotus this in fact comes from the Histories of Polybius, Book 16, chapter 28: "Some men, like bad runners in the stadium, abandon their purposes when close to the goal; while it is at that particular point, more than at any other, that others secure the victory over their rivals". (Translation of Evelyn S Shuckburgh).

„It is better to be envied than pitied.“

—  Herodotus
Book 3, Ch. 52 Variant: How much better a thing it is to be envied than to be pitied.

„Very few things happen at the right time, and the rest do not happen at all. The conscientious historian will correct these defects.“

—  Herodotus
This statement is not to be found in the works of Herodotus. It appears in the acknowledgements to Mark Twain's A Horse's Tale (1907) preceded by the words "Herodotus says", but Twain was simply summarizing what he took to be Herodotus' attitude to historiography.

„It was a kind of Cadmean victory.“

—  Herodotus
Book 1, Ch. 166, refering to a victory where both sides suffer extreme losses. Derived from the legends of Thebes, where the sons of Oedipus, and hence descendants of Cadmus, fought to the death.

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