Thucydides (460-400 BCE)

“The best and safest thing of all is when a large force is so well disciplined that it seems to be acting like one man.”

  • History of the Peloponnesian War (Book II, section 11) by Thucydides, translated by Rex Warner (Penguin Classics, 1972). The quote comes from a speech that Thucydides wrote while in the character of the Spartan king, Archidamus.

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