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Leotychidas the First, when somebody remarked to him that he was very changeable, said, ‘Yes, because of varying occasion; not like all you because of your baseness.’

In answer to the man who asked how any man could best preserve his present state of good fortune, he said, ‘By not trusting everything to chance.’

Being asked what freeborn boys had best learn, he said, ‘Those things which may help them when they become men.’ 2

When someone inquired for what reason the Spartans drank so little, he said,‘So that others may not deliberate over us, but we over others.’ [p. 345]

1 King of Sparta in the seventh century B.C.

2 Cf. the note on Moralia, 213 D (67), supra.

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