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John Bartlett (1820–1905).  Familiar Quotations, 10th ed.  1919.
 
 
NUMBER:8803
AUTHOR:Plutarch (A.D. 46?–A.D. c. 120)
QUOTATION:Demosthenes told Phocion, “The Athenians will kill you some day when they once are in a rage.” “And you,” said he, “if they are once in their senses.” 1
ATTRIBUTION:Life of Phocion.
 
Note 1.
Demosthenes the orator told Phocion, “If the Athenians should be mad, they would kill you.” “Like enough.” said he.—“me if they were mad, but you if they were wise.”—Apophthegms of Kings and Great Commanders. (Phocion.) [back]
 

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