Thucydides Quotes

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.
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Men naturally despise those who court them, but respect those who do not give way to them.
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It is frequently a misfortune to have very brilliant men in charge of affairs. They expect too much of ordinary men.
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We (Greeks) are lovers of the beautiful, yet simple in our tastes, and we cultivate the mind without loss of manliness.
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History is Philosophy teaching by examples.
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The strong do what they have to do and the weak accept what they have to accept.
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The superior gratification derived from the use and contemplation of costly and supposedly beautiful products is, commonly, in great measure a gratification of our sense of costliness masquerading under the name of beauty
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We secure our friends not by accepting favors but by doing them
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Few things are brought to a successful issue by impetuous desire, but most by calm and prudent forethought.
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The fact is that one side thinks that the profits to be won outweigh the risks to be incurred, and the other side would rather avoid danger than accept an immediate loss.
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Wars spring from unseen and generally insignificant causes, the first outbreak being often but an explosion of anger.
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The secret of happiness is freedom. The secret of freedom is courage.
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There is no need to suppose that human beings differ very much one from another; but it is true that the ones who come out on top are the ones who have been trained in the hardest school.
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A nation that makes a great distinction between its scholars and its warriors will have its laws made by cowards and its wars fought by fools.
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An avowal of poverty is no disgrace to any man; to make no effort to escape it is indeed disgraceful.
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Ignorance is bold and knowledge reserved.
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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.
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Thucydides Biography

Born: 460 B.C.E.
Died: 395 B.C.E.

Thucydides was an ancient Greek historian and author. Thucydides has often been regarded as the father of scientific history, because of his strict inquiry methods.

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