Xenophon Quotes

The art of war is, in the last result, the art of keeping one’s freedom of action. Xenophon

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

The most pleasing of all sounds that of your own praise. Xenophon

If you consider what are called the virtues in mankind, you will find their growth is assisted by education and cultivation. Xenophon

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

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. Xenophon

Fast is fine, but accuracy is everything. 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

He who eats with most pleasure is he who least requires sauce. Xenophon

For drink, there was beer which was very strong when not mingled with water, but was agreeable to those who were used to it. They drank this with a reed, out of the vessel that held the beer, upon which they saw the barley swim. Xenophon