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John Bartlett (1820–1905).  Familiar Quotations, 10th ed.  1919.
 
 
NUMBER:8787
AUTHOR:Plutarch (A.D. 46?–A.D. c. 120)
QUOTATION:Agesilaus being invited once to hear a man who admirably imitated the nightingale, he declined, saying he had heard the nightingale itself. 1
ATTRIBUTION:Life of Agesilaus II.
 
Note 1.
Agesilaus being exhorted to hear one that imitated the voice of a nightingale, “I have often,” said he, “heard nightingales themselves.”—Apophthegms of Kings and Great Commanders. (Agesilaus.) [back]
 

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