“Make up your minds that happiness depends on being free, and freedom depends on being courageous.”
― Pericles, as told by Thucydides
Pericles (Greek: Περικλῆς; ca. 495 BC – 429 BC) was an influential and important leader of Athens during the Athenian Golden Age (specifically, between the Persian and Peloponnesian wars), from the Alcmaeonidae family. The period from 461 BC to 379 BC is sometimes known as “The Age of Pericles”.
- The whole Earth is the Sepulchre 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.
- As quoted in A Brief and True Report concerning Williamsburg in Virginia by Rutherford Goodwin (1941), p. 125
- Freedom is the sure possession of those alone who have the courage to defend it.
- As quoted in Homage to Greece (1943)
- Future ages will wonder at us, as the present age wonders at us now. We do not need the praises of a Homer, or of anyone else whose words may delight us for the moment, but the estimation of facts will fall short of what is really true.
- As quoted in Eternal Greece (1961) by Rex Warner, p. 34
- Although only a few may originate a policy, we are all able to judge it.
- As quoted in The Open Society and Its Enemies by Karl Popper (1966). Book II, chapter 40.
- Time is the wisest counselor of all
- As quoted in Until Tomorrow Comes (1979) by Orville E. Kelly, p. 160
- What you leave behind is not what is engraved in stone monuments, but what is woven into the lives of others.
- As quoted in Flicker to Flame : Living with Purpose, Meaning, and Happiness (2006) by Jeffrey Thompson Parker, p. 118
- This quotation is likely a modern paraphrasing of a longer passage from Thucydides’ History of the Peloponnesian War, II.43.3. (http://en.allexperts.com/q/Greek-2004/2009/3/Pericles-1.htm)
- We do not say that a man who takes no interest in politics is a man who minds his own business; we say that he has no business here at all.
- Pericles commenting the participation of Athenian citizens in politics, as quoted in Models of Democracy (2006) by David Held, Stanford University Press, p. 14. Book II, chapter 40.
“Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves, and, under a just God, cannot long retain it.”
– Abraham Lincoln, letter to H.L. Pierce, April 6, 1859. From the series Great Ideas of Western Man.
Abraham Lincoln & JFK
DJmindjob: Some of these claims are wrong. E.g., Lincoln didn’t have a secretary named Kennedy; his secretaries were John Nicolay and John Hay.
> A month before Lincoln was assassinated he was in Monroe, Maryland. A month before Kennedy was assassinated he was in Marilyn Monroe.
Nice try, but she died in 1962, a year before Kennedy.
Otherwise, this is what you can do when you cherry pick coincidences from a list of thousands of known facts about two people’s lives.
[Snopes](https://www.snopes.com/history/american/lincoln-kennedy.asp) has a great rebuttal. My favorite part:
> We’re also supposed to be amazed at minor happenstances such as the two men’s being elected exactly one hundred years apart, but we’re supposed to think nothing of the numerous non-coincidences: Lincoln was born in 1809; Kennedy was born in 1917. Lincoln died in 1865; Kennedy died in 1963. Lincoln was 56 years old at the time of his death; Kennedy was 46 years old when he died. Lincoln was shot in April; Kennedy was assassinated in November. Lincoln was killed on the 14th day of the month, Kennedy on the 22nd. Also unmentioned is the fact that Lincoln was re-elected to a second term as President, but Kennedy was killed before the completion of his first term. No striking coincidences or convenient hundred-year spans in any of those facts.
65STDs: Fixed- A week before Kennedy was shot, he was in Marilyn Monroe.
comedygene: That last line….
I dont think Kennedy ran anywhere. I mean his wife was wearing most of his most important parts.
joeybongsmoker95: How true is this because I’ve seen it once and I was like no way but if this is all true it’s just one of those things where reality is stranger than fiction
abababbb: There’s a whole vsauce video about this and tldr it’s just a coincidence, and an extremely likely one.
victorcaulfield: Is it punny that this is a great illustration of the sharp shooter fallacy?