Quote of the Day

“It was during the first period of this constitution that the Athenians appear to have enjoyed the best government that they ever did, at least in my time. For the fusion of the high and low was effected with judgment, and this was what first enabled the state to raise up her head after her manifold disasters.”

-Thucydides, History of the Peloponnesian War (hat tip: Steve Schwartz)

Quote of the Day: Runner-Up

“Hope, danger’s comforter, may be indulged in by those who have abundant resources, if not without loss at all events without ruin; but its nature is to be extravagant, and those who go so far as to put their all upon the venture see it in its true colours only when they are ruined; but so long as the discovery would enable them to guard against it, it is never found wanting. Let not this be the case with you, who are weak and hang on a single turn of the scale; nor be like the vulgar, who, abandoning such security as human means may still afford, when visible hopes fail them in extremity, turn to invisible, to prophecies and oracles, and other such inventions that delude men with hopes to their destruction.”

– The Athenians, in Thucydides, The History of the Peloponnesian War (the Melian Dialogue)

My Library of Quotations

As you may realize by now, the “Library of Quotations” that used to appear on this site is no more. It had gotten unwieldy and impossible to maintain without a lot more custom programming, which, frankly, is not high on my list of priorities. So, if you’re looking for Dicky Fox, Dickie Fox, Forrest Gump, or Richard Simmons (apparently, those were my biggest draws…?), you will have to look elsewhere. Godspeed.

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