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Themistocles


Athenian politician and general.
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Themistocles
Themistocles was a man who exhibited the most indubitable signs of genius; indeed, in this particular he has a claim on our admiration quite extraordinary and unparalleled. By his own native capacity, alike unformed and unsupplemented by study, he was at once the best judge in those sudden crises which admit of little or of no deliberation, and the best prophet of the future, even to its most distant possibilities. An able theoretical expositor of all that came within the sphere of his practice, he was not without the power of passing an adequate judgment in matters in which he had no experience. He could also excellently divine the good and evil which lay hid in the unseen future. In fine, whether we consider the extent of his natural powers, or the slightness of his application, this extraordinary man must be allowed to have surpassed all others in the faculty of intuitively meeting an emergency.
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I have with me two gods, Persuasion and Compulsion.
Themistocles
May I never sit on a tribunal where my friends shall not find more favor from me than strangers.




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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.
Themistocles
For the Athenians command the rest of Greece, I command the Athenians; your mother commands me, and you command your mother.
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I choose the likely man in preference to the rich man; I want a man without money rather than money without a man.
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Strike, if you will, but hear.
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