domingo, 30 de outubro de 2011

A Escola da Guerra

And indeed civil war did inflict great suffering on the cities of Greece. It happened then and will forever continue to happen, as long as human nature remains the same, with more or less severity and taking different forms as dictated by each new permutation of circumstances. In peace and prospereous times both states and individuals observe a higher morality, when there is no forced descent into hardship: but war, which removes the comforts of daily life, runs a violent school and in most men brings out passions that reflect their condition.

Tucídides, Guerra do Peloponeso III.82
Oxford World's Classics, Oxford: 2009 (trad.: Martin Hammond)

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