Thursday, November 23, 2017

Thucydides


Thucydides (Athenian general and historian, c. 460-404 BCE)

"My work is not a piece of writing designed to meet the taste of an immediate public, but was done to last for ever."
  • History of the Peloponnesian War by Thucydides, translated by Rex Warner and introduced by M. I. Finley. New York: Penguin Classics, 1972.


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Cassius Dio


Cassius Dio (c. 163-235)

"To tolerate the offences of the great mass of citizens is a task which demands great prudence and great power, but if anyone were to punish them all indiscriminately as they deserve, he would destroy before he knew it the greater part of mankind."
  • From Cassius Dio's The Roman History (Book 55, chapter 20), translated by Ian Scott-Kilvert (Penguin Classics, 1987). Dio wrote this quote in the character of Livia, Augustus' wife, in a scene where she gives advice to her husband. 


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Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Geoffrey of Monmouth


Geoffrey of Monmouth (12th century Welsh-English writer, quote c. 1136)

"Surely you will not always put your trust in being protected by someone else! Won't you accustom your hands to brandish shields, swords, and spears against those who would be no mightier than you yourselves, if only you could throw off your laziness and your lethargy?"
  • From Geoffrey of Monmouth's The History of the Kings of Britain (Part Three), completed in 1136 CE, translated from Latin into English by Lewis Thorpe (Penguin Classics, 1966).


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Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Anna Komnene



Anna Komnene (Princess of the Byzantine Empire, c. 1803-1153)

"It is the mark of a bad general, when all is peaceful, to incite his neighbours to war intentionally--for peace is the objective of all wars."
  • From The Alexiad (Book XII) by Anna Komnene, translated by E.R.A. Sewter, (Penguin Classics, 2009).


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Monday, November 20, 2017

Aristotle


Aristotle (c. 384-322 BCE)

"The man who shuns and fears everything and stands up to nothing becomes a coward; the man who is afraid of nothing at all, but marches up to every danger, becomes foolhardy. Similarly the man who indulges in every pleasure and refrains from none becomes licentious; but if a man behaves like a boor and turns his back on every pleasure, he is a case of insensibility."
  • From The Nicomachean Ethics (Book II, ii) by Aristotle, translated by J. A. K. Thomson (Penguin Classics, 2004).


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Friday, November 17, 2017

George Orwell


George Orwell (1903-1950)

"One of the most horrible features of war is that all the war-propaganda, all the sereaming and lies and hatred, comes invariably from people who are not fighting."
  • From Homage to Catalonia (Chapter V) written by George Orwell and edited by Adam Hochschild and Lionel Trilling (Mariner Books, 1969).


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Thursday, November 16, 2017

Geoffrey Chaucer


Geoffrey Chaucer (1342-1400)

"When Fortune flees a man is left forsaken
Of glory, wealth and kingdom; all's past cure.
Even the friends he has will not endure,
For if good fortune makes your friends for you
Ill fortune makes them enemies for sure,
A proverb very trite and very true."
  • From The Canterbury Tales (The Monk's Tale) by Geoffrey Chaucer, translated to modern English by Nevill Coghill (Penguin Classics, 2003).


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