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John Bartlett (1820–1905).  Familiar Quotations, 10th ed.  1919.
 
 
NUMBER:8850
AUTHOR:Plutarch (A.D. 46?–A.D. c. 120)
QUOTATION:Themistocles being asked whether he would rather be Achilles or Homer, said, “Which would you rather be,—a conqueror in the Olympic games, or the crier that proclaims who are conquerors?”
ATTRIBUTION:Apophthegms of Kings and Great Commanders. 1 Themistocles.
 
Note 1.
Rejected by some critics as not a genuine work of Plutarch.—Ralph Waldo Emerson. [back]
 

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