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C.N. Douglas, comp.  Forty Thousand Quotations: Prose and Poetical.  1917.
 
Xenophon
 
  A man’s praises have very musical and charming accents in another’s mouth, but very flat and untunable in his own.  1
  Excess of grief for the deceased is madness; for it is an injury to the living, and the dead know it not.  2
  Fire burns only when we are near it, but a beautiful face burns and inflames, though at a distance.  3
  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?  4
  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.  5
  The divine nature is perfection; and to be nearest to the divine nature is to be nearest to perfection.  6
  The sweetest of all sounds is praise.  7
 
 
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