No Comment, Quotation — December 14, 2007, 12:00 am

Xenophon on the Use of Force

Compulsion is not the method of him who makes wisdom his study, but of him who wields power untempered by reflection. Once more: the man who ventures on violence needs the support of many to fight his battles, while he whose strength lies in persuasiveness triumphs single-handed, for he is conscious of a cunning to compel consent unaided. And what has such a one to do with the spilling of blood? since how ridiculous it were to do men to death rather than turn to account the trusty service of the living.

Xenophon (???????), Memorabilia of Socrates (???????? ?????????) bk 1, ch 2 (371 BCE)(H. G. Dakyns transl.)

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