Quotations by Pericles


For the whole earth is the sepulcher of famous men; and their story is not graven only on stone over their native earth but lives on far away, without visible symbol, woven into the stuff of other men’s lives.

Pericles (c. 495-429 BC) Greek statesman
Funeral Oration
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Choosing to die resisting, rather than to live submitting, they fled only from dishonor, but met danger face to face.

Pericles (c. 495-429 BC) Greek statesman
Funeral Oration (431 BC)

In Thucydides, The Peloponnesian War, 2.42 [tr. Crawley and Wick (1982)]
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Instead of looking on discussion as a stumbling block in the way of action, we think it an indispensable preliminary to any wise action at all.

Pericles (c. 495-429 BC) Greek statesman
Funeral Oration (431 BC). In Thucydides, The Peloponnesian War, 2.40 [tr. Crawley & Wick (1982)]
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Wait for that wisest of all counselors, Time.

Pericles (c. 495-429 BC) Greek statesman
In Plutarch, Life of Pericles

Alt. trans.: "Be ruled by time, the wisest counsellor of all."

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But 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.

Pericles (c. 495-429 BC) Greek statesman
Pericles’ Funeral Oration


As quoted in Thucydides, History of the Peloponnesian War.

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