Being Nimble And Light-footed, His Father Encouraged Him To Run In The Olympic Race.
Being nimble and light-footed, his father encouraged him to run in
the Olympic race. "Yes," said he, "if there were any kings there to
run with me."
-- Plutarch (46-120 AD)
Whenever Alexander heard Philip had taken any town of importance
or won any signal victory, instead of rejoicing at it altogether, he would tell his companions that his father would anticipate everything, and leave him and them no opportunities of performing great and illustrious actions....
When Darius offered him ten thousand talents, and to divide Asia equally with him, "I would accept it," said Parmenio, "were I Alexander.
"And so truly would I," said Alexander, "if I were Parmenio....
When Alexander asked Diogenes whether he wanted anything, "Yes," said he, "I would have you stand from between me and the sun.
-- Plutarch (46-120 AD) -- Life of Alexande...
Themistocles being asked whether he would rather be Achilles or Homer, said, "Which would you rather be,--a conqueror in the Olympic games, or the crier that proclaims who are conquerors?
-- Plutarch (46-120 AD) -- Themistocle...
When he was wounded with an arrow in the ankle, and many ran to him that were wont to call him a god
he said smiling, "That is blood, as you see, and not, as Homer saith, 'such humour as distils from blessed gods....
Laughing at his own son, who got his mother, and by his mother's means his father also, to indulge him, he told him that he had the most power of any one in Greece
For the Athenians command the rest of Greece, I command the Athenians, your mother commands me, and you command your mother....
Themistocles said that he certainly could not make use of any stringed instrume
could only, were a small and obscure city put into his hands, make it great and glorious....
Eurybiades lifting up his staff as if he were going to strike, Themistocles said, "Strike, if you will
but hear." -- Plutarch (46-120 AD) -- Life of Themistocle...
Alcibiades had a very handsome dog, that cost him seven thousand drachma
and he cut off his tail, "that," said he, "the Athenians may have this story to tell of me, and may concern themselves no further with me....