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Type: Historian
Nationality: Greek
Date of Birth: 460 BC
Date of Death: 395 BC




 

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The secret of happiness is freedom. The secret of freedom is courage.
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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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We (Greeks) are lovers of the beautiful, yet simple in our tastes, and we cultivate the mind without loss of manliness.
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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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History is Philosophy teaching by examples.
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Wars spring from unseen and generally insignificant causes, the first outbreak being often but an explosion of anger.
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The secret to happiness is freedom... And the secret to freedom is courage.
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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.
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Ignorance is bold and knowledge reserved.
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Few things are brought to a successful issue by impetuous desire, but most by calm and prudent forethought.
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We secure our friends not by accepting favors but by doing them.
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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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Justice will not come to Athens until those who are not injured are as indignant as those who are injured.
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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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The secret of freedom, courage.
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Men naturally despise those who court them, but respect those who do not give way to them.
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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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