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Xenophon
Greek historian and soldier
(c. 428 - c. 354 BC)



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The sea! The sea!
-- Shouted by Greek soldiers from the Expedition of Cyrus when they reached the safety of the coast after months of military retreat crossing the endless expanses on inland Armenia. Quoted by Xenophon in: Anabasis.

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

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

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.
-- Xenophon

The despot, be assured, lives night and day like one condemned to death by the whole of mankind for his wickedness.
-- Hiero

To fear a crowd, and yet fear solitude, to fear to go unguarded, to fear the very guards themselves; to be unwilling to dispense with an armed escort, and yet to feel displeasure at the sight of one's attendants carrying arms: what a hateful predicament.
-- Hiero


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