Xenophon Quotes (31 quotes)
“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.”
The Cavalry General, ch. 6, as translated by Henry Graham Dakyns in The Cavalry General (2004) p. 26
Hiero, ch. 3, as translated by Richard Graves in The Whole Works of Xenophon (1832) p. 626).
“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.”
Hellenica Bk. 7, as translated by Rex Warner in A History of My Times (1979) p. 398
“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.”
Cyropaedia, Bk. 1, ch. 6; as translated by Henry Graham Dakyns in Cyropaedia (2004) p. 31
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Bio: Xenophon, son of Gryllus, of the deme Erchia of Athens, also known as Xenophon of Athens, was a Greek historian, soldier, mercenary, philosopher and a contemporary and admirer of Socrates. He is known for his writings on the history of his own times, the 4th century BC, preserving the sayings of Socrates, and descriptions of life in ancient Greece and the Persian Empire.