Alexander Said, "I Assure You I Had Rather Excel Others In The Knowledge Of What Is Excellent, Than In The Extent Of My Power And Dominion.
Alexander said, "I assure you I had rather excel others in the knowledge
of what is excellent, than in the extent of my power and dominion."
-- Plutarch (46-120 AD)
-- Life of Alexander
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...
Cato said, "I had rather men should ask why my statue is not set up, than why it is.
-- Plutarch (46-120 AD) -- Political Precep...
For my part, I had rather be the first man among these fellows than the second man in Rome.
-- Plutarch (46-120 AD) -- Life of Caesa...
Alexander was wont to say, "Were I not Alexander, I would be Diogenes.
-- Plutarch (46-120 AD) -- Of the Fortune or Virtue of Alexander the Grea...
You speak truth," said Themistocles; "I should never have been famous if I had been of Seriphu
-- Plutarch (46-120 AD) -- Life of Themistocle...
I, for my own part, had much rather people should say of me that there neither is nor ever was such a man as Plutarch
han that they should say, "Plutarch is an unsteady, fickle, froward, vindictive, and touchy fellow....
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....
He preferred an honest man that wooed his daughter, before a rich man.
I would rather," said Themistocles, "have a man that wants money than money that wants a man....
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....