The most hateful torment for men is to have knowledge of everything but power over nothing.

ἐχθίστη δὲ ὀδύνη ἐστὶ τῶν ἐν ἀνθρώποισι αὕτη, πολλὰ φρονέοντα μηδενὸς κρατέειν.

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Original Citation

Herodotus. Histories. 430 BC, bk. 9. sect. 16.

Current Citation

Herodotus. Histories. Translated by Robin Waterfield. Oxford UP, 2008, bk. 9, sect. 16.