Quotes by Xenophon

"Anything forced is not beautiful"

"In my experience, men who respond to good fortune with modesty and kindness are harder to find than those who face adversity with courage. For in the very nature of things, success tends to create pride and blindness in the hearts of men, while suffering teaches them to be patient and strong."

"No human being will ever know the truth, for even if they happened to say it by chance, they would not know they had done so."

"You are well aware that it is not numbers or strength that bring the victories in war. No, it is when one side goes against the enemy with the gods' gift of a stronger morale that their adversaries, as a rule, cannot withstand them. I have noticed this point too, my friends, that in soldiering the people whose one aim is to keep alive usually find a wretched and dishonorable death, while the people who, realizing that death is the common lot of all men, make it their endeavour to die with honour, somehow seem more often to reach old age and to have a happier life when they are alive. These are facts which you too should realize (our situation demands it) and should show that you yourselves are brave men and should call on the rest to do likewise."

"Moderation in all things healthful; total abstinence from all things harmful."


Books by Xenophon

  • Simposio
  • 46,439 ratings
  • June 1993 by Bompiani

    (first published -380)

  • Apologies
  • 39,863 ratings
  • January 10th 2006 by Focus

    (first published -399)

  • Anabasis
  • 346 ratings
  • February 15th 1976 by University of Oklahoma Press

    (first published -390)

  • Apology of Socrates
  • 241 ratings
  • December 30th 1987 by Bryn Mawr Greek Commentaries

    (first published -371)

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  • Xenophon

  • Born: Erchia, Attica , Greece.

  • Description: Xenophon (Ancient Greek Ξενοφῶν, Modern Greek Ξενοφώντας; ca. 431 – 355 BC), son of Gryllus, of the deme Erchia of Athens, was a soldier, mercenary and a contemporary and admirer of Socrates. He is known for his writings on the history of his own times, preserving the sayings of Socrates, and the life of ancient Greece.Historical and biographical worksAnabasis (or The Persian Expedition) Cyropaedia Hellenica Agesilaus Socratic works and dialoguesMemorabilia Oeconomicus Symposium Apology Hiero Short treatisesOn Horsemanship The Cavalry General Hunting with Dogs Ways and Means Constitution of Sparta