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Type: Historian
Nationality: Greek
Date of Birth: 484 BC
Date of Death: 425 BC




 

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Very few things happen at the right time, and the rest do not happen at all. The conscientious historian will correct these defects.
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Of all possessions a friend is the most precious.
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The destiny of man is in his own soul.
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Whatever comes from God is impossible for a man to turn back.
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Men trust their ears less than their eyes.
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In peace, sons bury their fathers. In war, fathers bury their sons.
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When a woman removes her garment, she also removes the respect that is hers.
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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.
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There is nothing more foolish, nothing more given to outrage than a useless mob.
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Force has no place where there is need of skill.
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The only good is knowledge, and the only evil is ignorance.
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Do you see how the god always hurls his bolts at the greatest houses and the tallest trees. For he is wont to thwart whatever is greater than the rest.
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One should always look to the end of everything, how it will finally come out. For the god has shown blessedness to many only to overturn them utterly in the end.
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Illness strikes men when they are exposed to change.
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But I like not these great success of yours; for I know how jealous are the gods.
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Many exceedingly rich men are unhappy, but many middling circumstances are fortunate.
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How much better a thing it is to be envied than to be pitied.
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A man calumniated is doubly injured - first by him who utters the calumny, and then by him who believes it.
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Men's fortunes are on a wheel, which in its turning suffers not the same man to prosper for ever.
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I am bound to tell what I am told, but not in every case to believe it.
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I never yet feared those men who set a place apart in the middle of their cities where they gather to cheat one another and swear oaths which they break.
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The worst pain a man can suffer: to have insight into much and power over nothing.
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It is clear that not in one thing alone, but in many ways equality and freedom of speech are a good thing.
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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.
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It's impossible for someone who is human to have all good things together, just as there is no single country able to provide all good things for itself.
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