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[36] Consider that where there are common men who are ready to lay down their lives1 that they may be praised after they are dead, it is shameful for kings not to have the courage to pursue a course of conduct from which they will gain renown during their lives. Prefer to leave behind you as a memorial images of your character rather than of your body. Put forth every effort to preserve your own and your state's security, but if you are compelled to risk your life, choose to die with honor rather than to live in shame.2

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    • E.C. Marchant, Commentary on Thucydides: Book 2, 2.42
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