Wednesday Quotes
One Good Politician
February 3, 2016

It can be discouraging watching people vie for political power. That they are motivated by a concern for our good is often hard to believe. A man like Aristides is a refreshing reminder: it can be otherwise. There are people that have the moral as well as the intellectual qualities to govern. […]

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The Glory of Being Poor
January 27, 2016

“In fine, having established the dominion of his city over so many people, he himself remained indigent; and always delighted as much in the glory of being poor, as in that of his trophies.” Plutarch on Aristides This renowned Athenian statesman’s attitude toward wealth and poverty remains something of an enigma. We […]

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A Greek You Should Remember
January 13, 2016

“…he possessed himself of the most kingly and divine appellation of Just…” Plutarch, speaking of Aristides Some might see reading about great men, especially of the ancient world, as simply a pleasant diversion, or even a kind of escape. Why, one might wonder, should I bother to remember? Aristides (530-468 BC) certainly […]

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Better to Wait
April 15, 2015

“…yet he would not do amiss to wait and be ruled by time, the wisest counselor of all.” Pericles, in Plutarch’s Lives Yesterday morning in class a student looked out the window at the trees beginning to bud and said, “The trees look so sad; I just wish they’d hurry up and grow […]

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Clean Eyes
February 25, 2015

“Again, one time Sophocles, who was Pericles’ fellow-commissioner in the generalship, was going on board with him, and praised the beauty of a youth they met with on the way to the ship. ‘Sophocles,’ said he, ‘a general ought not only to have clean hands but also clean eyes’.” Plutarch, Life of Pericles […]

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No Unsuitable Word
January 21, 2015

“The truth, however, is, that Pericles himself was very careful what and how he was to speak, insomuch that, whenever he went up to the hustings, he prayed the gods that no one word might unawares slip from him unsuitable to the matter and the occasion.” Plutarch’s Lives It is interesting that […]