Thucydides (c. 460-400 BCE)

“You will find that an act of kindness done at the right moment has a power to dispel old grievances quite out of proportion to the act itself.”

  • History of the Peloponnesian War (Book I, section 42) by Thucydides, translated by Rex Warner (Penguin Classics, 1972). The quote comes from a speech that Thucydides wrote for an anonymous Corinthian diplomat.

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