And yet in his discourse he was always declaring that justice was the first of the virtues; for valour was of no use unless justice attended it, and if all men should be just, there would be no need of valour. And to those who said,
‘This is the pleasure of the Great King,’ he would say,
‘How is he greater than I unless he is also more just?’, rightly and nobly thinking that justice must be the royal measure wherewith relative greatness is measured.
Plutarch. Plutarch's Lives. with an English Translation by. Bernadotte Perrin. Cambridge, MA. Harvard University Press. London. William Heinemann Ltd. 1917. 5.
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