Thucydides

Thucydides
Thucydides
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  • Nationality: Greek
  • Profession: Historian, General

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… concessions to adversaries only end in self-reproach, and the more strictly they are avoided, the greater will be the chance of security Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
… war is a matter not so much of arms as of money War & Peace
Abstinence from all injustice to other major powers is a greater tower of strength than anything that can be gained by the sacrifice of permanent tranquility for a seeming temporary advantage. Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
Great good fortune coming suddenly and unexpectedly tends to make a people insolent Human Nature
He who voluntarily confronts tremendous odds must have very great internal resources to draw upon Leaders & Leadership
Hope leads men to venture; and no one ever yet put himself in peril without the inward conviction that he would succeed in his design Human Nature
Hope--danger's comforter Human Nature
I have often been before and am now convinced that a democracy is incapable of empire... Expansionism, Colonialism & Imperialism
it is easier … to stave off adversity than to preserve prosperity. Development & Growth
It must be thoroughly understood that war is a necessity, and that the more readily we accept it, the less will be the ardor of our opponents. Defense & National Security
Let him remember that many before now have tried to chastise a wrongdoer, and failing to punish their enemy have not even saved themselves; while many who have trusted in force to gain an advantage, instead of gaining anything more, have been doomed to lose what they had. Vengeance is not necessarily successful because wrong has been done, or strength sure because it is confident; but the incalculable element in the future exercises the widest influence, and is the most treacherous, and yet in fact the most useful of all things, as it frightens us all equally, and thus makes us consider before attacking each other. War & Peace
Men do not rest content with parrying the attacks of a superior, but often strike the first blow to prevent the attack being made. Defense & National Security
My work is not a piece of writing designed to meet the taste of an immediate public, but was done to last for ever. History
out of the greatest dangers, communities and individuals acquire the greatest glory. Miscellaneous
Reality in the end proves unmanageable. It breaks in upon man’s conceptions, changes them, and finally destroys them. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
The events of future history ... will be of the same nature—–or nearly so—–as the history of the past, so long as men are men. History
The greatest achievement for a woman is to be as seldom as possible spoken of. Discrimination & Prejudice
The only sure basis of an alliance is for each party to be equally afraid of the other Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
The strong do what they can and the weak suffer what they must Human Nature
The tyranny we impose on others, we will eventually impose on ourselves. Corruption
Those who do not yield to their equals, who keep terms with their superiors, and are moderate towards their inferiors, on the whole succeed best. Leaders & Leadership
We know that there can never be any solid friendship between individuals, or union between communities that is worth the name, unless the parties be persuaded of each other’s honesty. Human Nature
Words had to change their ordinary meaning and to take that which was now given them. Reckless audacity came to be considered the courage of a loyal ally; prudent hesitation, specious cowardice; moderation was held to be a cloak for unmanliness; ability to see all sides of a question, inaptness to act on any. Frantic violence became the attribute of manliness; cautious plotting, a justifiable means of self-defense. The advocate of extreme measures was always trustworthy; his opponent a man to be suspected. To succeed in a plot was to have a shrewd head, to divine a plot a still shrewder; but to try to provide against having to do either was to break up your party and to be afraid of your adversaries. English, Languages & Bilingualism
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. War & Peace
Few things are brought to a successful issue by impetuous desire, but most by calm and prudent forethought.
History is Philosophy teaching by example. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training ;History
Ignorance is bold and knowledge reserved. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training ;Intelligence, Spying, Espionage & Covert Operations
It is frequently a misfortune to have very brilliant men in charge of affairs. They expect too much of ordinary men.
Justice will not come to Athens until those who are not injured are as indignant as those who are injured.
Men naturally despise those who court them, but respect those who do not give way to them. Respect
Men's indignation, it seems, is more excited by legal wrong than by violent wrong; the first looks like being cheated by an equal, the second like being compelled by a superior. Law, Courts, Jails, Crime & Law Enforcement
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.
The secret to happiness is freedom... And the secret to freedom is courage. Happiness & Unhappiness ;Freedom & Liberty
The strong do what they have to do and the weak accept what they have to accept.
Wars spring from unseen and generally insignificant causes, the first outbreak being often but an explosion of anger.
We Greeks are lovers of the beautiful, yet simple in our tastes, and we cultivate the mind without loss of manliness.
We secure our friends not by accepting favors but by doing them.
We should remember that one man is much the same as another, and that he is best who is trained in the severest school.