Almost Eloquent with Xenophon: Three Lines from the Memorabilia

Memorabilia 3.3.9


“You probably know that in every matter people want to obey those most they believe to be best.”


᾿Εκεῖνο μὲν δήπου οἶσθα, ὅτι ἐν παντὶ πράγματι οἱ ἄνθρωποι τούτοις μάλιστα ἐθέλουσι πείθεσθαι οὓς ἂν ἡγῶνται βελτίστους εἶναι.


Memorabilia 3.10.13


“Things that fit well are smaller burdens than the misfit even if they weigh the same”

῟Ηττον, ἔφη, τῷ βάρει πιέζουσιν οἱ ἁρμόττοντες τῶν ἀναρμόστων τὸν αὐτὸν σταθμὸν ἔχοντες.


Memorabilia 3.13.4


“Have you ever wondered whether the master or the slave needs a beating more?”

῎Ηδη ποτὲ οὖν ἐπεσκέψω, πότερος πλειόνων πληγῶν δεῖται, σὺ ἢ ὁ θεράπων;