Valerio Massimo Manfredi · 368 pages
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“History sometimes reproduces, at a distance of many years, the same combinations of circumstances that generate great achievements. But nothing ever repeats itself in exactly the same way.”
“There are no simple answers to complex problems.”
“Remember, my boy, I never fight for the pleasure of wielding weapons. War, for me, is simply politics by other means.”
“They passed the Gates of Thermopylae the following day and Alexander stopped to visit the tombs of the Spartan soldiers who had fallen one hundred and forty years previously during their battle with the Persian invaders. He read the simple inscription in Laconian dialect that commemorated their ultimate sacrifice and he stood in silence listening to the wind blowing in from the sea.
How ephemeral is the destiny of man!’ he exclaimed. ‘All that is left of the thunder of a momentous clash which shook the whole world and an act of heroism worthy of Homer’s verses are these few lines. All is quiet now.”
“واعتبر اليونانيون أن الدولة التي تبنى على روابط الدم بدلا من حقوق المواطنة والتي يحكمها ملك بطريقة مطلقة بحيث يكون فوق القانون هي دولة بربرية”
“قال الأسكندر:"وماذا بشأن العبيد؟هل في الإمكان وجود عالم من دون عبيد؟"
أجاب أرسطو:"كلا طالما يستحيل وجود نول ينسج القماش من تلقاء نفسه,اما إذا أصبح ذلك ممكنا فيمكن عندها ان نتصور وجود عالم من دون عبيد لكنني لا أعتق أبدا أن ذلك سيحدث في المستقبل”
“A poet, Hephaestion, sings not to narrate human events as they occur, but to make sure that we have the opportunity of living the emotions and the passions of our heroes even at a distance of centuries.”
“philip closed his eyes and stood upright and immobile in the middle of the silet room. In that moment the roar of battle, the creaking wood of the siege engines, the furious galloping of the horses all faded away; he simply stood stock still and listened to his son's breathing.”
“I'm gonna hunt my life down and grab it.”
“Tell Crabby Abby he’s going to sit on the naughty chair if he sinks one more island,” Astrid said, catching her ball.”
“Plus les mensonges sont gros, moins on les voit venir.”
“(I have to say that everything seems to be unraveling lately. Or maybe it seems as though I am a flower myself, opening up to the world for the first time. I don’t know why this is, and I’m not really in control of it either. Flowers do not think, Okay, it is now May, so I will reach up toward the sun and relax my fist of petals into an open hand. They do not think at all. Flowers just grow, and when it is time, they shoot colors out of their stems and become beautiful.”
“When one really knows a village like this and its surroundings, it is like becoming acquainted with a single person. The process of falling in love at first sight is as final as it is swift in such a case, but the growth of true friendship may be a lifelong affair.”
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