We secure our friends not by accepting favors but by doing them.
They are surely to be esteemed the bravest spirits who, having the clearest sense of both the pains and pleasures of life, do not on that account shrink from danger.
Justice will not come to Athens until those who are not injured are as indignant as those who are injured.
Be convinced that to be happy means to be free and that to be free means to be brave. Therefore do not take lightly the perils of war.
The bravest are surely those who have the clearest vision of what is before them, glory and danger alike, and yet notwithstanding, go out to meet it.
Men's indignation, it seems, is more excited by legal wrong than by violent wrong; the first looks like being cheated by an equal, the second like being compelled by a superior.
The secret to happiness is freedom... And the secret to freedom is courage.
Wars spring from unseen and generally insignificant causes, the first outbreak being often but an explosion of anger.
Few things are brought to a successful issue by impetuous desire, but most by calm and prudent forethought.
We Greeks are lovers of the beautiful, yet simple in our tastes, and we cultivate the mind without loss of manliness.
It is frequently a misfortune to have very brilliant men in charge of affairs. They expect too much of ordinary men.
Ignorance is bold and knowledge reserved.