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A collection of quotes and sayings by Hesiod on days, works, theogony, generation, translation, youngster, ancient, youth, meaning, half, greater, mind, escape and love.

56 Great Quotes By Hesiod

Quick Facts

Famous As: Poet, Writer, Rhapsode, Mythographer

Born On: 750 BC

Died On: 650 BC

Died At Age: 100

Hesiod was a prolific Greek poet considered by scholars to be active somewhere around the same time as Homer between 750 B.C and 650 B.C. Hesiod is accredited with establishing Greek religious customs through his writings, thoughts, poems, and works. Going by the modern scholars, Hesiod is considered as a major source on Greek mythology, early economic thought, ancient time-keeping, farming techniques and archaic Greek astronomy. Some of his other famous writings, thoughts and poems include, ‘Precepts of Chiron’, ‘Megalai Ehoiai’, ‘Kiln or Potters’, ‘Melampodia’, ‘Astronomia’ and ‘Descent of Perithous’. Following is a list of quotable quotes and sayings by Hesiod which have been curated from his writings, thoughts, opinions, works, poems and life. Go through the quotations and thoughts by Hesiod on blessing, shame, idleness, romantic, happiness, justice, path, trust, enemy, race, women, marriage, moment, life, miserable, acquisition, time, city etc and get enlightened.
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That man is best who sees the truth himself. Good too is he who listens to wise counsel. But who is neither wise himself nor willing to ponder wisdom is not worth a straw.

Hesiod

But he who neither thinks for himself nor learns from others, is a failure as a man.

Hesiod

A man who works evil against another works it really against himself, and bad advice is worst for the one who devised it

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He's only harming himself who's bent upon harming another

Hesiod

From their eyelids as they glanced dripped love.

Hesiod

For a man can win nothing better than a good wife, and nothing more painful than a bad one.

Hesiod

No gossip ever dies away entirely, if many people voice it: It too is a kind of divinity.

Hesiod

Never wade through the pretty ripples of perpetually flowing rivers, until you have looked at their lovely waters, and prayed to them, and washed your hands in the pale enchanting water.

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Often a whole community together suffers in consequence of a bad man who does wrong and contrives evil

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Do not let any sweet-talking woman beguile your good sense with the fascination of her shape. It's your barn she's after.

Hesiod

It is from work that men are rich in flocks and wealthy, and a working man is much dearer to the immortals

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Badness can be got easily and in shoals; the road to her is smooth, and she lives very near us. But between us and Goodness the gods have placed the sweat of our brows;

Hesiod

Giving is good, but taking is bad and brings death.

Hesiod

At the beginning of the cask and the end take thy fill but be saving in the middle; for at the bottom the savings comes too late.

Hesiod

For both faith and want of faith have destroyed men alike.

Hesiod

Do not gain basely; base gain is equal to ruin.

Hesiod

How easily some light report is set about, but how difficult to bear.

Hesiod

False shame accompanies a man that is poor, shame that either harms a man greatly or profits him; shame is with poverty, but confidence with wealth.

Hesiod

Mortals grow swiftly in misfortune.

Hesiod

Wealth should not be seized, but the god-given is much better.

Hesiod

He is senseless who would match himself against a stronger man; for he is deprived of victory and adds suffering to disgrace.

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Whoever happens to give birth to mischievous children lives always with unending grief in his spirit and heart.

Hesiod

If you should put even a little on a little and should do this often, soon this would become big.

Hesiod

Often an entire city has suffered because of an evil man.

Hesiod

Never make a companion equal to a brother.

Hesiod

Try to take for a mate a person of your own neighborhood.

Hesiod

The fool knows after he's suffered.

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But they who give straight judgements to strangers and to those of the land and do not transgress what is just, for them the city flourishes and its people prosper.

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When you deal with your brother, be pleasant, but get a witness.

Hesiod

Preserve the mean; the opportune moment is best in all things.

Hesiod

Acquisition means life to miserable mortals.

Hesiod

He fashions evil for himself who does evil to another, and an evil plan does mischief to the planner.

Hesiod

Bring a wife home to your house when you are of the right age, not far short of 30 years, nor much above; this is the right time for marriage.

Hesiod

We know how to speak many falsehoods that resemble real things, but we know, when we will, how to speak true things.

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If you add a little to a little, and then do it again, soon that little shall be much.

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Potter is jealous of potter, and craftsman of craftsman; and the poor have a grudge against the poor, and the poet against the poet.

Hesiod

Whoever, fleeing marriage and the sorrows that women cause, does not wish to wed comes to a deadly old age.

Hesiod

Justice prevails over transgression when she comes to the end of the race.

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It is best to do things systematically, since we are only human, and disorder is our worst enemy.

Hesiod

The man who does evil to another does evil to himself, and the evil counsel is most evil for him who counsels it.

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Whoever has trusted a woman has trusted deceivers.

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Often even a whole city suffers for a bad man who sins and contrives presumptuous deeds.

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Work is no disgrace: it is idleness which is a disgrace.

Hesiod

Admire a small ship, but put your freight in a large one; for the larger the load, the greater will be the profit upon profit.

Hesiod

A bad neighbor is as great a calamity as a good one is a great advantage.

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So the people will pay the penalty for their kings' presumption, who, by devising evil, turn justice from her path with tortuous speech.

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Observe due measure, for right timing is in all things the most important factor.

Hesiod

Badness you can get easily, in quantity; the road is smooth, and it lies close by, But in front of excellence the immortal gods have put sweat, and long and steep is the way to it.

Hesiod

It will not always be summer; build barns.

Hesiod

Happy is the man whom the Muses love: sweet speech flows from his mouth.

Hesiod

The best is he who calls men to the best. And those who heed the call are also blessed. But worthless who call not, heed not, but rest.

Hesiod

Toil is no source of shame; idleness is shame.

Hesiod

A day is sometimes our mother, sometimes our stepmother.

Hesiod

Do not let a flattering woman coax and wheedle you and deceive you; she is after your barn.

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It is not possible either to trick or escape the mind of Zeus.

Hesiod

For a man wins nothing better than a good wife, and then again nothing deadlier than a bad one.

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