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Thucydides

Thucydides (or Thoukydides) (c. 460 BC - c. 400 BC) was an ancient Greek historian, author of the History of the Peloponnesian War, which recounts the 5th century BC war between Sparta and Athens. This work is widely regarded a classic and represents the first work of its kind.
Found 14 thoughts of Thucydides

Men naturally despise those who court them, but respect those who do not give way to them.

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We secure our friends not by accepting favors but by doing them.

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The ability to understand a question from all sides meant one was totally unfit for action. Fanatical enthusiasm was the mark of the real man.

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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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The secret of freedom, courage.

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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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The secret of Happiness is Freedom, and the secret of Freedom, Courage.

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Self-control is the chief element in self-respect and self-respect is the chief element in courage.

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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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The sufferings that fate inflicts on us should be borne with patience, what enemies inflict with manly courage.

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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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The strong do what they have to do and the weak accept what they have to accept.

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A nation that draws too broad a difference between its scholars and its warriors will have its thinking done by cowards, and its fighting done by fools.

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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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