On Scholars and Warriors

“The society that separates scholars from its warriors will have its thinking done by cowards and its fighting done by fools.”

Edit: This quote belongs not to Thucydides but to General Gordon.


  1. John Winterton

    Dear Sir: I’m sorry to have to inform you that this is not in fact a quote from Thucydides (whose work I have read many times in both Greek and English). According to Wikipedia, it actually comes from an 1889 biography of General Gordon; I haven’t independently verified that, but I do know that it isn’t from Thucydides.

    With best wishes,

    John Winterton


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