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Quotes from Thucydides, 460 bc – 400 bc

“The secret to happiness is freedom… And the secret to freedom is courage.”

“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.”

“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.” 

“Self-respect is the chief element in courage.”

“When one is deprived of ones liberty, one is right in blaming not so much the man who puts the shackles on as the one who had the power to prevent him, but did not use it.”

“They whose minds are least sensitive to calamity, and whose hands are most quick to meet it, are the greatest men and the greatest communities.”

“It is useless to attack men who could not be controlled even if conquered.”

“Remember that greatness is won by men with courage, with knowledge of their duty, and with a sense of honor in action.”

“War is an evil thing; but to submit to the dictation of other states is worse…. Freedom, if we hold fast to it, will ultimately restore our losses, but submission will mean permanent loss of all that we value…. To you who call yourselves men of peace, I say: You are not safe unless you have men of action on your side.”

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9 Responses to Quotes from Thucydides, 460 bc – 400 bc

  1. Kilo McStrife says:

    Here’s one of his I actually had occasion to use in a recent discussion –
    “The society that separates its scholars from its warriors will have its thinking done by cowards and its fighting by fools.”

    • galen says:

      That’s a powerful one, Kilo. I thought I had included it but not sure what happened to it. Anyhow, it sure does lay it on us to prepare, and on so many levels, in readiness and in learning. Not too many days off.


  2. # 1 NWO Hatr says:

    “It is useless to attack men who could not be controlled even if conquered.”

    This, however, does not compute in the psychopathic mentality.

    What/who they can’t conquer, they destroy.

    • KOYOTE says:


    • galen says:

      I hear ya, #1, and yet I’m glad Thucydides lighted upon the uncontrollable. Perhaps he was speaking of rebel sleeper-cells, which we will always have with us. I use sleeper-cells in a positive sense, in that in some, no force anywhere will prevent the fight for freedom, win or lose. And maybe he was referring to sheer numbers where vast lands and populations are assumed ‘conquered’ but still there remains a great many, bowing down to no one. It would be good to share some mead with Thucydides today, or in your case, burn one down. Maybe we’d find out how he’d justify his statement. Ha! You brought him to task. Good for you. Takes a keen eye and ear to question what has long stood. In the end, Thucydides was a man. Sometimes, with a name like his, time can change him into a god. Ha! again. Even gods can be questioned.



      • # 1 NWO Hatr says:

        Not quite sure if he would have included the psychopathic jews and their Zionist agenda… had he known of it.

        I believe he was thinking more along the line of people who are for the most part – SANE… ? 😉

  3. NC says:

    “To you who call yourselves men of peace, I say: You are not safe unless you have men of action on your side.””

    And therein lies our problem. There seems to not be many men of action in this country anymore.

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