Quotes by Xenophon

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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. more...

The most pleasing of all sounds that of your own praise. more...

A man's praises have very musical and charming accents in another's mouth, but very flat and untunable in his own. more...

Fire burns only when we are near it, but a beautiful face burns and inflames, though at a distance. more...

The divine nature is perfection; and to be nearest to the divine nature is to be nearest to perfection. more...

The most delightful of all music, that of your own praises. more...

As to what happened next, it is possible to maintain that the hand of heaven was involved, and also possible to say that when men are desperate no one can stand up to them. more...

If the campaign is in summer the general must show himself greedy for his share of the sun and the heat, and in winter for the cold and the frost, and in all labours for toil and fatigue. This will help to make him beloved of his followers. more...

Every one of you is the leader. more...

But if any other course, in any one's opinion, be better than this, let him, even though he be a private soldier, boldly give us his sentiments; for the safety, which we all seek, is a general concern. more...

Yet is it more honourable, and just, and upright, and pleasing, to treasure in the memory good acts than bad. more...

If you consider what are called the virtues in mankind, you will find their growth is assisted by education and cultivation. more...

A horse is a thing of beauty... none will tire of looking at him as long as he displays himself in his splendor. more...

The true test of a leader is whether his followers will adhere to his cause from their own volition, enduring the most arduous hardships without being forced to do so, and remaining steadfast in the moments of greatest peril. more...

Fast is fine, but accuracy is everything. more...

There is small risk a general will be regarded with contempt by those he leads, if, whatever he may have to preach, he shows himself best able to perform. more...

The sweetest of all sounds is praise. more...

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. more...

Excess of grief for the dead is madness; for it is an injury to the living, and the dead know it not. more...

He who eats with most pleasure is he who least requires sauce. more...

For what the horse does under compulsion, as Simon also observes, is done without understanding; and there is no beauty in it either, any more than if one should whip and spur a dancer. more...

Wherever magistrates were appointed from among those who complied with the injunctions of the laws, Socrates considered the government to be an aristocracy. more...


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