Pericles (circa 495-429 BCE) was the most prominent and influential Greek statesman and orator during the Golden Age of Athens. In 461, he became the ruler of Athens, a role he would occupy until his death. During his leadership, he built the Acropolis and the Parthenon and led Athens’ recapture of Delphi, the siege on Samos, and the invasion of Megara. In 429, he died of the plague.
Quotations from Pericles:
“Just because you do not take an interest in politics doesn’t mean politics won’t take an interest in you.”
“Time is the wisest counselor of all.”
“What you leave behind is not what is engraved in stone monuments, but what is woven into the lives of others.”
In my view, we’d do well to stick this last quotation on our refrigerators and read it every day.
Peace and Love, Jim