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  • You cannot be buried in obscurity: you are exposed upon a grand theater to the view of the world. If your actions are upright and benevolent, be assured they will augment your power and happiness.

    Happiness   Army   Power  
    "A Dictionary of Thoughts: Being a Cyclopedia of Laconic Quotations". Book by Tyron Edwards, p. 290, 1908.
  • Even if the skies were shorter than my knees, I would not kneel.

    Sky   Knees   Ifs  
  • We love ourselves notwithstanding our faults, and we ought to love our friends in like manner.

    Faults   Ought  
  • Do not suppose, my dearest sons, that when I have left you I shall be nowhere and no one. Even when I was with you, you did not see my soul, but knew that it was in this body of mine from what I did. Believe then that it is still the same, even though you see it not.

    Believe   Son   Soul  
  • Whenever you can, act as a liberator. Freedom, dignity, wealth - these three together constitute the greatest happiness of humanity. If you bequeath all three to your people, their love for you will never die.

    Army   People   Humanity  
    "9 Timeless Leadership Lessons from Cyrus the Great" by Ryan Holiday, April 19, 2012.
  • In my experience, men who respond to good fortune with modesty and kindness are harder to find than those who face adversity with courage.

  • Brevity is the soul of command. Too much talking suggests desperation on the part of the leader. Speak shortly, decisively and to the point–and couch your desires in such natural logic that no one can raise objections. Then move on.

    Moving   Talking   Leader  
  • Success always calls for greater generosity - though most people, lost in the darkness of their own egos, treat it as an occasion for greater greed. Collecting boot is not an end itself, but only a means for building an empire. Riches would be of little use to us now - except as a means of winning new friends.

    Mean   Army   Winning  
    "9 Timeless Leadership Lessons from Cyrus the Great" by Ryan Holiday, April 19, 2012.
  • May all the gods whom I settled in their sacred centers ask daily of Bêl and Nâbu that my days be long and may they intercede for my welfare. ... The people of Babylon blessed my kingship, and I settled all the lands in peaceful abodes.

    Blessed   Land   Long  
    Inscription on the Cyrus Cylinder, as translated at, 538 B.C.E..
  • A man's enjoyment of all good things is in exact proportion to the pains he has undergone to gain them.

    Pain   Men   Gains  
  • All men have their frailties; and whoever looks for a friend without imperfections, will never find what he seeks.

  • I am Cyrus, king of the world.

    Kings   World  
    Inscription on the Cyrus Cylinder, as translated at, 538 B.C.E..
  • O man, whoever you are and wherever you come from, for I know you will come, I am Cyrus who won the Persians their empire. Do not therefore begrudge me this bit of earth that covers my bones.

    Army   Men   Earth  
    Epitaph to Cyrus. "Plutarch: The Age of Alexander". Book by Plutarch, translated by Ian Scott-Kilvert, p. 326, 1973.
  • Diversity in counsel, unity in command.

    Army   Diversity   Unity  
    "Why Great Leaders Don't Take Yes for an Answer: Managing for Conflict and Consensus". Book by Michael A. Roberto, 2005.
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