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THEMISTOCLES
Athenian statesman and commander
(514? BC - 449 BC)

I never learned how to tune a harp, or play upon a lute; but I know how to raise a small and inconsiderable city to glory and greatness.
      - on being taunted with his want of social accomplishments, Plutarch's "Life"
        [Glory]

May I never sit on a tribunal where my friends shall not find more favor from me than strangers.
      - [Friends]

Strike, not hear.
  [Lat., Vebera sed audi.]
      - when Eurybiades, commander of the Spartan fleet, raised his staff to strike him, in Plutarch's "Life of Themistocles", ch. XI
        [Punishment]

Strike, but hear me.
      - Rollin's Ancient History
         (bk. VI, ch. II, sec. VIII) [Hearing]


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