PERICLES. Whenever he entered on his command as general, while he was putting on his war-cloak, he used thus
to bespeak himself: Remember, Pericles, you govern freemen, Grecians, Athenians. He advised the Athenians to
demolish Aegina, as a dangerous eyesore to the haven of
Piraeus. To a friend that wanted him to bear false witness and to bind the same with an oath, he said: I am a
friend only as far as the altar. When he lay on his deathbed, he blessed himself that no Athenian ever went into
mourning upon his account.