Thucydides Quotes

The secret of happiness is freedom. The secret of freedom is courage.

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History is Philosophy teaching by examples.

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The secret of happiness is freedom. The secret of freedom is courage.

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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 being always 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 eyewitnesses, arising sometimes from imperfect memory, sometimes from undue partiality for one side or the other. The absence of romance in my history will, I fear, detract somewhat from its interest; but I shall be content if it is judged useful by those inquirers who desire an exact knowledge of the past as an aid to the interpretation of the future, which in the course of human things must resemble if it does not reflect it. My history has been composed to be an everlasting possession, not the showpiece of an hour.

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The peoples of the Mediterranean began to emerge from barbarism when they learnt to cultivate the olive and the wine.

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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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An avowal of poverty is no disgrace to any man; to make no effort to escape it is indeed disgraceful.

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