Pericles Quotes

Although only a few may originate a policy, we are all able to judge it.

Realize for yourself the power of Athens, and feed your eyes upon her day after day, till you become her devoted lover. Then, when all her greatness breaks upon you, reflect that it was by courage, sense of duty and a keen feeling of honor in action that men were enabled to win all this, […]

We do not imitate, but are a model to others.

Having knowledge but lacking the power to express it clearly is no better than never having any ideas at all.

Our constitution… favors the many instead of the few; this is why it is called a democracy… Our public men have, besides politics, their private affairs to attend to, and our ordinary citizens, though occupied with the pursuits of industry, are still fair judges of public matters; for, unlike any other nation (we regard) him […]