XENOPHON QUOTES

Greek historian (430 BC - 354 BC)

To enjoy objects of our affection by force appears to be more like the act of a robber than that of a lover.

XENOPHON, Hiero

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The gods give nothing really good and beautiful without labor.

XENOPHON, attributed, Day's Collacon

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Moderation in all things healthful; total abstinence from all things harmful.

XENOPHON, attributed, Teetotalers and Saloon Smashers

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He who has a weak constitution becomes stronger by manual exercise than a robust man without it.

XENOPHON, attributed, Day's Collacon

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Honor appears to me to be an object of great importance, since men submit to every kind of labor, and undergo every sort of danger, with the desire of attaining it.

XENOPHON, Hiero

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Such as are excited by the gentler influence of Love assume more of affection in their looks, sink their voice into greater softness, and manifest in their gestures greater nobleness of soul.

XENOPHON, The Banquet

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It is not numbers or strength that bring the victories in war. No, it is when one side goes against the enemy with the gods' gift of a stronger morale that their adversaries, as a rule, cannot withstand them.

XENOPHON, The Persian Expedition

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Anything forced is not beautiful.

XENOPHON, The Art of Horsemanship

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The corrupt heart breaketh out by the lewd tongue.

XENOPHON, attributed, Day's Collacon

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Agriculture for an honorable and high-minded man, is the best of all occupations and arts by which men procure the means of living.

XENOPHON, attributed, Day's Collacon

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The earth also kindly teaches men justice, at least such as are able to learn; for it is those who treat her best that she recompenses with the most numerous benefits.

XENOPHON, Oeconomicus: On the Management of a Farm and Household

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The invention of the art [of hunting] is from the gods; for hunting and dogs were the care of Apollo and Diana, who rewarded and honoured Chiron with a knowledge of them on account of his regard for justice.

XENOPHON, Cynegeticus

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That the greater part of mankind are deluded by the splendour of royalty, I am not at all surprised; for the multitude appear to me to judge of people as happy or miserable principally from what they see. And royalty exhibits to the world conspicuously, and unfolded fully to the view, those objects which are esteemed of the highest value; while it keeps the troubles of kings concealed in the inmost recesses of the soul, where both the happiness and the misery of mankind reside.

XENOPHON, Hiero

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Kings, be well assured, experience much less pleasure than persons living in a middle rank of life, and have also more numerous and considerable sources of trouble.

XENOPHON, Hiero

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In hunting on cultivated grounds, the huntsman must abstain from injuring the fruits of the season, and must leave springs and streams undisturbed; for to interfere with these is contrary to propriety and morality.

XENOPHON, Cynegeticus

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In whom the love of honor and praise is innate, are those who are elevated most above the brutes, and who are justly named men, and not merely human beings.

XENOPHON, Hiero

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As a person, therefore, would have no enjoyment of drinking, if he had not previously known thirst, so he who is unacquainted with the longings of love has no experience of the most ravishing pleasures.

XENOPHON, Hiero

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When the puppies are born, we must leave them with the mother, and not put them to another dog; for the nurture of strange dogs does not sufficiently contribute to growth; but the milk and breath of their mothers is good for them, and their caresses pleasing.

XENOPHON, Cynegeticus

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It is only for those to employ force who possess strength without judgment; but the well advised will have recourse to other means.

XENOPHON, Memorabilia of Socrates

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Men unite against none so readily as against those whom they see attempting to rule over them.

XENOPHON, Cyropaedia

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