Best Quotes by Thucydides (Top 10)

  1. Self-control is the chief element in self-respect, and self-respect is the chief element in courage.
  2. 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.
  3. Most people, in fact, will not take the trouble in finding out the truth, but are much more inclined to accept the first story they hear.
  4. The strong do what they have to do and the weak accept what they have to accept.
  5. We Greeks believe that a man who takes no part in public affairs is not merely lazy, but good for nothing
  6. You should punish in the same manner those who commit crimes with those who accuse falsely.
  7. Some legislators only wish to vengeance against a particular enemy. Others only look out for themselves. They devote very little time on the consideration of any public issue. They think that no harm will come from their neglect. They act as if it is always the business of somebody else to look after this or that. When this selfish notion is entertained by all, the commonwealth slowly begins to decay.
  8. When will there be justice in Athens? There will be justice in Athens when those who are not injured are as outraged as those who are.
  9. Ignorance is bold and knowledge reserved.
  10. If it had not been for the pernicious power of envy, men would not so have exalted vengeance above innocence and profit above justice... in these acts of revenge on others, men take it upon themselves to begin the process of repealing those general laws of humanity which are there to give a hope of salvation to all who are in distress.

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