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Thucydides quotes (13)

Be convinced that to be happy means to be free and that to be free means to be brave. Therefore do not take lightly the perils of war.
Thucydides   Category: Brave

Two translations: For we are lovers of the beautiful yet simple in our tastes and we cultivate the mind without loss of manliness. We are lovers of beauty without extravagance and lovers of wisdom without unmanliness.
Thucydides   Category: Beauty

The secret of Happiness is Freedom And the secret of Freedom Courage.
Thucydides   Category: Courage

Thucydides an Athenian wrote the history of the war between the Peloponnesians and the Athenians he began at the moment that it broke out believing that it would be a great war and more memorable than any that had preceded it.
Thucydides   Category: Unsorted

Wealth to us is not mere material for vainglory but an opportunity for achievement; and poverty we think it no disgrace to acknowledge but a real degredation to make no effort to overcome.
Thucydides   Category: Wealth

Peace is an armistice in a war that is continuously going on.
Thucydides   Category: Peace

With reference to the narrative of events far from permitting myself to derive it from the first source that came to hand I did not even trust my own impressions but it rests partly on what I saw myself partly on what others saw for me the accuracy of the report always being tried by the most severe and detailed tests possible. My conclusions have cost me some labor from the want of coincidence between accounts of the same occurrences by different eye-witnesses arising sometimes from imperfect memory sometimes from undue partiality for one side or the other.
Thucydides   Category: See

The great wish of some is to avenge themselves on some particular enemy the great wish of others to save their own pocket. Slow in assembling they devote a very small fraction of the time to the consideration of any public object most of it to the prosecution of their own objects. Meanwhile each fancies that no harm will come of his neglect that it is the business of somebody else to look after this or that for him; and so by the same notion being entertained by all separately the common cause imperceptibly decays.
Thucydides   Category: Selfishness

Our constitution is named a democracy because it is in the hands not of the few but of the many. But our laws secure equal justice for all in their private disputes and our public opinion welcomes and honors talent in every branch of achievement not for any sectional reason but on grounds of excellence alone. And as we give free play to all in our public life so we carry the same spirit into our daily relations with one another.... Open and friendly in our private intercourse in our public acts we keep strictly within the control of law. We acknowledge the restraint of reverence; we are obedient to whomsoever is set in authority and to the laws more sepecially to those which offer protection to the oppressed and those unwritten ordinances whose transgression brings admitted shame. lb. II Funeral Oration of Pericles 37
Thucydides   Category: Democracy

The real disgrace of poverty is not in owning to the fact But in declining to struggle against it.
Thucydides   Category: Poverty

The bravest are surely those who have the clearest vision of what is before them glory and danger alike and yet notwithstanding go out to meet it.
Thucydides   Category: Goals

Justice will not come to Athens until those who are not injured are as indignant as those who are injured.
Thucydides   Category: Justice

Few things are brought to a successful issue by impetuous desire but most by calm and prudent forethought.
Thucydides   Category: Calm