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Pericles
0495 - 0429

Athenian military general for 17 years, and then the undisputed leader of Athens for the last 15 years of his life until he died of the plague. Pericles reformed Athenian government and founded a democratic system not unlike those of today.


How soever different in a private capacity, we all enjoy the same general equality our laws are fitted to preserve; and superior honours just as we excel.

429 BC - from a eulogy for soldiers who died in the Peloponnesian War, as quoted by Thucydides
... those ... have the greatest souls who, most acutely sensible of the miseries of war and the sweets of peace, are not hence in the least deterred from facing danger.

429 BC - from a eulogy for soldiers who died in the Peloponnesian War, as quoted by Thucydides
... it is a debt of justice to pay superior honours to men who have devoted their lives in fighting for their country ...

429 BC - from a eulogy for soldiers who died in the Peloponnesian War, as quoted by Thucydides
We preserve friends not by receiving, but by conferring, obligations.

429 BC - from a eulogy for soldiers who died in the Peloponnesian War, as quoted by Thucydides
Freedom is the sure possession of those alone who have the courage to defend it.