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 Courage

“The bravest are surely those who have the clearest vision of what is before them, glory and danger alike, and yet, not withstanding, go out to meet it.”-Thucydides “Cowards die many times before their actual deaths.”-Julius Caesar “Yield not to calamity, but face her boldly.”-Virgil “He is a man of courage who does not run [...]

Quotes of the Day: On Happiness

“When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive-to think, to breathe, to love.”-Marcus Aurelius “Not what we have but what we enjoy constitutes our abundance”-Epicurus “Happiness depends upon ourselves.”-Aristotle “The secret of happiness is freedom, and the secret of freedom is courage.”-Thucydides

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 Friendship.

“What sweetness is left if you take away friendship? Robbing life of friendship is like robbing the world of the sun. A true friend is more to be esteemed than kinfolk.”-Cicero “I don’t need a friend who changes when I change and nods when I nod. May shadow does that much better.”-Plutarch “Of all the [...]