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[5] In writing he left nothing behind him except the decrees which he proposed, and only a few in all of his memorable sayings are preserved, as, for instance, his urging the removal of Aegina as the ‘eye-sore of the Piraeus,’ and his declaring that he ‘already beheld war swooping down upon them from Peloponnesus.’ Once also when Sophocles, who was general with him on a certain naval expedition,1 praised a lovely boy, he said: ‘It is not his hands only, Sophocles, that a general must keep clean, but his eyes as well.’

1 Against Samos, 440-439 B.C.

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