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XENOPHON
Greek general, historian and essayist
(c. 430 BC - after 357 BC)

A man's praises have very musical and charming accents in another's mouth, but very flat and untunable in his own.
      - [Self-praise]

Excess of grief for the dead is madness; for it is an injury to the living, and the dead know it not.
      - [Grief]

Fire burns only when we are near it, but a beautiful face burns and inflames, though at a distance.
      - [Face]

He who eats with most pleasure is he who least requires sauce.
      - [Eating]

It is only for those to employ force who possess strength without judgment; but the well advised will have recourse to other means. Besides, he who pretends to carry his point by force hath need of many associates; but the man who can persuade knows that he is himself sufficient for the purpose; neither can such a one be supposed forward to shed blood; for, who is there would choose to destroy a fellow citizen rather than make a friend of him by mildness and persuasion?
      - [Persuasion]

Policy goes beyond strength, and contrivance before action; hence it is that direction is left to the commander, execution to the soldier, who is not to ask why, but to do what he is commanded.
      - [Soldiers]

The divine nature is perfection; and to be nearest to the divine nature is to be nearest to perfection.
      - [Perfection]

The sweetest of all sounds is praise.
      - [Praise]

There's no condiment like appetite.
      - [Appetite : Cooking]

For drink, there was beer which was very strong when not mingled with water, but was agreeable to those who were used to it. They drank this with a reed, out of the vessel that held the beer, upon which they saw the barley swim.
      - Anabasis (bk. IV, ch. V) [Drinking]

The most pleasing of all sounds that of your own praise.
      - Hiero (I, 14), (Watson's translation)
        [Praise]

Wherever magistrates were appointed from among those who complied with the injunctions of the laws, he (Socrates) considered the government to be an aristocracy.
      - Memorabilia of Socrates (bk. IV, ch. VI)
        [Government]


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