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Thomas Babington Macaulay, Thomas Paine, Thucydides


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"As freedom is the only safeguard of governments, so are order and moderation

generally necessary to preserve freedom."

-- Thomas Babington Macaulay

(1800-1859) [Lord Macaulay] 1st Baron Macaulay, British historian




"Though the flame of liberty may sometimes cease to shine, the coal can never


-- Thomas Paine





The secret of happiness is freedom, and the secret of freedom, courage.

-- Thucydides


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I love Thucydides. He was one of the first historians to attempt to write a genuinely accurate history of his time, rather than a slanted version to appease those in power. The Greeks rocked. Just learning about the religious systems of their culture really opened my eyes when I was a teenager and probably started me on the course towards losing my religion. The faith of the Greeks in the times around the Classical period was so convincing, and yet people like Epicurus doubted the existence of gods. That's probably what got me thinking. How do these people believe so passionately, and have a culture that revolves around gods, and yet we don't believe in those gods?


Great quotes. Really got me thinking. Cheers.

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