"This is the lifelong task, full of danger and toil, which they are always imposing upon themselves.  None enjoy their good things less, because they are always seeking for more.  To do their duty is their only holiday, and they deem the quiet of inaction to be as disagreeable as the most tiresome business.  If a man should say of them, in a word, that they were born neither to have peace themselves nor to allow peace to other men, he would simply speak the truth."

THUCYDIDES:  Speech of the Corinthians 

Regarding the character of the Athenians, B.C. 432 

Translated by B. Jowett, M.