An army of sheep
led by a lion is better than an army of lions led by a sheep.
I am indebted to my
father for living, but to my teacher for living well.
But truly, if
I were not Alexander, I would be Diogenes..
I had rather excel others in the knowledge of what is excellent,
than in the extent of my power and dominion.
Heaven cannot brook two suns, nor earth two
Remember upon the conduct of each depends
the fate of all.
There are no more worlds to conquer!
Now that the wars are coming to an end, I
wish you to prosper in
peace. May all mortals from now on live
like one people in concord and for mutual advancement. Consider
the world as your country, with laws common to all and where the
best will govern irrespective of tribe. I do not distinguish
among men, as the narrow-minded do, both among Greeks and
Barbarians. I am not interested in the descendance of the
citizens or their racial origins. I classify them using one
virtue. For me every virtuous foreigner is a Greek and every
evil Greek worse than a Barbarian. If differences ever
develop between you never have recourse to arms, but solve them
peacefully. If necessary, I should be your arbitrator.
How great are the dangers I face to win a
good name in Athens.
I am dying from the treatment of too many physicians.