Discipline and Silence

Discipline and Silence

“And when it comes to action, put your trust in discipline and silence; in every kind of warfare they count a lot, and particularly in naval engagement.” Phormio, Athenian naval commander, in Thucydides, History of the Peloponnesian War. The parallels between warfare...
Trying to Be Like Them

Trying to Be Like Them

“It is for you to try to be like them.” Pericles’ Funeral Oration I have to admit a problem that I’ve had with Memorial Day. I’ve often let my thoughts move too easily to the fact that some fallen warriors are not the best examples of what we want to remember. I’ve...
When Your Way of Life is Out of Date

When Your Way of Life is Out of Date

“…your whole way of life is out of date when compared with theirs. And it is just as true in politics as it is in any art or craft: new methods must drive out old ones…” Thucydides, History of the Peloponnesian War (Corinthians speaking to Spartans, about Athenians,...
A Beauty that Drives Care Away

A Beauty that Drives Care Away

“…in our own homes we find a beauty and a good taste which delight us every day and which drive away our cares.” Pericles to the Athenians, as reported by Thucydides Where do we find beauty? The natural world and works of great art are obvious instances. Yet most of...

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