Lucius Cornelius Sulla
Roman dictator and general
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- How is this? Ought not the petitioner to speak first, and the conqueror to listen in silence?
- I forgive the many for the sake of the few, the living for the dead.
- On calling an end to the sacking of Athens, after a plea on its behalf by two Athenians loyal to Rome, as quoted in The Story of Rome : From the Earliest Times to the Death of Augustus (1900) by Mary Macgregor; also said to be in a translation of Plutarch's works.
- No friend ever served me, and no enemy ever wronged me, whom I have not repaid in full.
- His self-made epitaph, as quoted in Heroes of History : A Brief History of Civilization from Ancient Times to the Dawn of the Modern Age (2001) by Will Durant; variant translation: "...nor enemy harmed me"
- He ought to have worked at the oar before steering the vessel.