Agesilaus being invited once to hear a man who admirably imitated the nightingale, he declined, saying he had heard the nightingale itself.1
Life of Agesilaus II.
Note 1. Agesilaus being exhorted to hear one that imitated the voice of a nightingale, I have often, said he, heard nightingales themselves.Apophthegms of Kings and Great Commanders. (Agesilaus.) [back]