„In generosity we are equally singular, acquiring our friends by conferring, not by receiving, favours.“
— Thucydides, History of the Peloponnesian War
Book II, 2.40-
History of the Peloponnesian War, Book II
Contexto: Again, in our enterprises we present the singular spectacle of daring and deliberation, each carried to its highest point, and both united in the same persons; although usually decision is the fruit of ignorance, hesitation of reflection. But the palm of courage will surely be adjudged most justly to those, who best know the difference between hardship and pleasure and yet are never tempted to shrink from danger. In generosity we are equally singular, acquiring our friends by conferring, not by receiving, favours.