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Engrave this Quote Mens fortunes are on a wheel, which in its turning suffers not the same man to prosper for ever.
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-Herodotus
Engrave this Quote But I like not these great successes of yours; for I know how jealous are the gods.
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-Herodotus
Engrave this Quote It is said that as many days as there are in the whole journey, so many are the men and horses that stand along the road, each horse and man at the interval of a days journey; and these are stayed neither by snow nor rain nor heat nor darkness from accomplishing their appointed course with all speed.
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-Herodotus
Change
Engrave this Quote Illness strikes men when they are exposed to change.
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-Herodotus
Customs
Engrave this Quote In view of all this, I have no doubt that Cambyses was completely out of his mind; it is the only possible explanation of his assault upon, and mockery of, everything which ancient law and custom have made sacred in Egypt. If anyone, no matter who, were given the opportunity of choosing from amongst all the nations in the world the set of beliefs which he thought best, he would inevitably, after careful consideration of their relative merits, choose that of his own country. Everyone without exception believes his own native customs, and the religion he was brought up in, to be the best; and that being so, it is unlikely that anyone but a madman would mock at such things. There is abundant evidence that this is the universal feeling about the ancient customs of one's country. One might recall, in particular, an anecdote of Darius. When he was king of Persia, he summoned the Greeks who happened to be present in his court, and asked them what they would take to eat the dead bodies of their fathers. They replied that they would not do it for any money in the world. Later, in the presence of the Greeks, and through an interpreter, so that they could understand what was said, he asked some Indians, of the tribe called the Callatiae, who do in fact eat their parents' dead bodies, what they would take to burn them. They uttered a cry of horror and forbade him to mention such a dreadful thing. One can see by this what custom can do, and Pindar, in my opinion, was right when he called it king of all.
(Herodotus is expressing his own feelings about the story of the madness of Cambyses)
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-Herodotus, Custom Rules (from The Histories, Book 3 section 38)
Death
Engrave this Quote Death is a delightful hiding place for weary men.
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-Herodotus
Envy / Jealousy
Engrave this Quote How much better a thing it is to be envied than to be pitied.
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Fate & Destiny
Engrave this Quote The destiny of man is in his own soul
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Government
Engrave this Quote Neither snow, nor rain, nor heat, nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds. The Motto Of The U.S. Postal Service
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-Herodotus
Greatness & Great Things
Engrave this Quote Great deeds are usually wrought at great risks.
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Growth
Engrave this Quote All men's gains are the fruit of venturing.
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Insults
Engrave this Quote A man calumniated is doubly injured -- first by him who utters the calumny, and then by him who believes it.
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-Herodotus
Life
Engrave this Quote In soft regions are born soft men.
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Persistence
Engrave this Quote 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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Snow
Engrave this Quote These 'messengers' will not be hindered from accomplishing at their best speed the distance which they have to go, either by snow, or rain, or heat, or by the darkness of night.
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-Herodotus, Histories
Suffering
Engrave this Quote The worst part a man can suffer is to have insight into much and power over nothing.
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-Herodotus

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