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[2] Archidamidas, when certain ones found fault with Hecataeus the Sophist for saying nothing after being admitted to their public mess, answered: ‘He who knows how, knows also when to speak.’ Instances of the pungent sayings not devoid of grace, of which I spoke,1 are the following. Demaratus, when a troublesome fellow was pestering him with ill-timed questions, and especially with the oft repeated query who was the best of the Spartans, answered at last: ‘He who is least like thee.’

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