Thursday, May 13, 2010

Quote of the day: Individuals and the state, prosperity and ruin

Pericles (c. 495 – 429 BC) (What? You were expecting Lewis Black?):

For I consider that a state which in its public capacity is successful confers more benefit on individuals than one which is prosperous as regards its particular citizens, while collectively it comes to ruin. For tho a man is individually prosperous, yet if his country is ruined, he none the less shares in its destruction; whereas, if he is unfortunate in a country that is fortunate, he has a much better hope of escaping his dangers.

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