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The secret to happiness is freedom... And the secret to freedom is courage.

The secret to happiness is freedom... And the secret to freedom is courage.

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

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

Justice will not come to Athens until those who are not injured are as indignant as those who are injured. ---->>>

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.

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.

We Greeks are lovers of the beautiful, yet simple in our tastes, and we cultivate the mind without loss of manliness. ---->>>

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 strong do what they have to do and the weak accept what they have to accept. ---->>>

History is Philosophy teaching by example.

History is Philosophy teaching by example.

Ignorance is bold and knowledge reserved.

Ignorance is bold and knowledge reserved.

Few things are brought to a successful issue by impetuous desire, but most by calm and prudent forethought. ---->>>

It is frequently a misfortune to have very brilliant men in charge of affairs. They expect too much of ordinary men.

It is frequently a misfortune to have very brilliant men in charge of affairs. They expect too much of ordinary men.

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

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.

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.

Wars spring from unseen and generally insignificant causes, the first outbreak being often but an explosion of anger.

Wars spring from unseen and generally insignificant causes, the first outbreak being often but an explosion of anger.

Biography

Nationality: Greek
Born: 460 BC
Birthplace: Halimous (modern Alimos)
Die: 395 BC
Occupation: Historian
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Thucydides (; Greek: Θουκυδίδης, Thoukudídēs, Ancient Greek: [tʰuːkydídɛːs]; c. 460 – c. 400 BC) was an Athenian historian and general. His History of the Peloponnesian War recounts the 5th century BC war between Sparta and Athens to the year 411 BC. Thucydides has been dubbed the father of "scientific history" by those who accept his claims to have applied strict standards of evidence-gathering and analysis of cause and effect, without reference to intervention by the gods, as outlined in his introduction to his work (wikipedia)