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When Alexander wrote asking the Athenians to send him triremes, and the orators opposed the request, and the council bade Phocion speak upon the matter, ‘I tell you, then,’ he said, ‘either to be superior in arms or to be friends with those who are superior.’ To Pytheas, who at that time was just beginning to address the Athenians, but was already loquacious and bold, Phocion said: ‘Hold thy peace, thou who art but a newly bought slave of the people!’

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