Q – Pericles

Pericles circa 495 - 429BC was a prominent and influential ancient Greek statesman, orator and general of Athens. He was named by a contemporary as ‘the first citizen of Athens’.

 

‘Time is the wisest counsellor of all’

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‘For famous men have the whole earth as their memorial’

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‘What you leave behind is not what is engraved in stone monuments, but what is woven into the lives of others’

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‘Freedom is the sure possession of those alone who have the courage to defend it’

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‘Time is the king of all men, he is their parent and their grave, and gives them what he will and not what they crave’

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‘Having knowledge but lacking the power to express it clearly is no better than never having any ideas at all’

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‘Just because you do not take an interest in politics doesn’t mean politics won’t take an interest in you’

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‘A woman’s greatest glory is to be little talked about by men, whether for good or ill’

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‘We do not imitate, but are a model to others’

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‘Our love of what is beautiful does not lead to extravagance; our love of the things of the mind does not make us soft’

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‘Fishes live in the sea, as men do on land: the great ones eat up the little ones’

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‘Trees; though they are cut and loped, grow up again quickly, but if men are destroyed, it is not easy to get them again’

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‘The whole earth is the tomb of heroic men and their story is not given only on stone over their clay but abides everywhere without visible symbol oven into the stuff of other men’s lives’

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‘Wait for the wisest of counsellors, time’

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