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Arms or money?
War is a matter not so much of arms as of money.
Thucydides | war and peace

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

Ignorance and knowledge
Ignorance is bold, and knowledge is reserved
Thucydides | education

Men capable of real action
Men who are capable of real action first make their plans and then go forward without hesitation while their enemies have still not made up their minds.
Thucydides | success

Peace is an armistice
Peace is an armistice in a war that is continuously going on.
Thucydides | war and peace

Quite fair
In a democracy, someone who fails to get elected to office can always console himself with the thought that there was something not quite fair about it.
Thucydides | politics

Restraint
Of all manifestations of power, restraint impresses men the most.
Thucydides | discipline

Scholars and warriors
The Nation that makes a great distinction between its scholars and its warriors will have its thinking done by cowards and its fighting done by fools.
Thucydides | politics

Self-control
Self-control is the chief element in self-respect, and self-respect is the chief element in courage.
Thucydides | discipline

The greatest failings
Three of the greatest failings, want of sense, of courage, or of vigilance.
Thucydides | weakness

The severest school
In practice we always base our preparations against an enemy on the assumption that his plans are good; indeed, it is right to rest our hopes not on a belief in his blunders, but on the soundness of our provisions. Nor ought we to believe that there is much difference between man and man, but to think that the superiority lies with him who is reared in the severest school.
Thucydides | discipline

Troubled by the truth?
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.
Thucydides | truth

Veiling its deformity
...good deeds can be shortly stated but where wrong is done a wealth of language is needed to veil its deformity.
Thucydides | language

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