What Was the Attitude of the Ancients Toward War?

How did the peoples of the ancient world regard war? Did they glory in it, or did they consider it a necessary evil. Did everyone in those days agree that “Dulce et decorum est pro patria mori?” A bit of research would indicate that the attitude, at least of the educated ancients, was ambivalent to [...]

Quotes of the Day: On Wisdom

“The wise are instructed by reason, average minds by experience, the stupid by necessity, and the brute by instinct.”-Cicero “The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing.”-Socrates “Wise men speak because they have something to say; fools because they have to say something.”-Plato “What should a wise person do when given a blow? [...]

Quotes of the Day: Politics, Law, and Justice

“One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors.”-Plato “An imbalance between rich and poor is the oldest and most fatal ailment of all republics.”-Plutarch “if you must break the law, do it to seize power. In all other cases observe it.”-Julius Caesar “Justice [...]

Quotes of the Day: On Education

“The only good is knowledge. The only evil is ignorance.”-Herodotus “Natural ability without education has more often attained to glory than education without natural ability”-Cicero “It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.”-Aristotle “No man should bring children into the world who is unwilling to [...]

Quotes of the Day: On Love and Marriage

“By all means marry. If you get a good wife you’ll become happy. If you get a bad one you’ll become a philosopher.”-Socrates. “At the touch of love everyone becomes a poet.”-Plato “Love is composed of a single soul inhabiting two bodies.”-Aristotle