Thucydides (c. 460-400 BCE)

“My own opinion is that when the whole state is on the right course it is a better thing for each separate individual than when private interests are satisfied but the state as a whole is going downhill.”

  • History of the Peloponnesian War (Book II, section 60) by Thucydides, translated by Rex Warner (Penguin Classics, 1972).

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