Xenophon (c. 420-350 BCE)

“In warfare those who seek to stay alive, no matter what it takes, are usually those who die cowardly and ignominious deaths, while those who have realized that death is the common lot of all men, and therefore strive for noble deaths, are those who, in my experience, are somehow more likely to reach old age and to enjoy the time they have while they are alive.”

  • Anabasis Kyrou (Upcountry March of Cyrus, Book III, chapter 1) by Xenophon and translated by Robin Waterfield (New York: Oxford University Press, 2005).

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