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Such, then, was Agesilaus in his friends' behalf in most matters; but there are instances when, in meeting a critical situation, he showed more regard for the general weal. At any rate, on a time when camp was being broken in some disorder, and Agesilaus was leaving behind his loved one who was ill, and the loved one implored him and called him back with tears, Agesilaus, turning round, exclaimed, ‘How hard it is to be merciful and sensible at the same time !’ 1

1 Cf. Plutarch's Life of Agesilaus, chap. xiii. (603 C); Moralia, 191 A, supra.

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