Thucydides: Pericles’ Remarks on Politics

“Here each individual is interested not only in his own affairs but in the affairs of the state as well: even those who are mostly occupied with their own business are extremely well-informed on general politics–this is a peculiarity of ours: 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.” (trans. Charles Forster Smith; Thucydides, The Peloponnesian War 2.40.2)

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