the sea of ideas

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He noticed that while people were ready to make use of men who excelled at eloquence and intellectual power, they still looked on them with suspicion and constantly strove to humble their pride or to detract from their reputation.

Nicias, therefore, did his best to evade any difficult or lengthy enterprise; whenever he served as general he played for safety, and if he was successful, as he naturally often was under these conditions, he never claimed credit for any foresight, or energy, or courage on his part, but thanked his good fortune for everything and gave the glory to the gods, being well content to sacrifice his reputation in order to escape envy.

– Plutarch

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