Thucydides (c. 460-400 BCE)

“When dealing with an enemy it is not only his actions but his intentions that have to be watched, since if one does not act first, one will suffer first.”

  • From a speech attributed to Athenagoras of Syracuse in the History of the Peloponnesian War (Book VI, section 38) by Thucydides, translated by Rex Warner (Penguin Classics, 1972).

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