I never learned how to tune a harp, or play upon a lute; but I know how to raise a small and inconsiderable city to glory and greatness.
As quoted by Plutarch, in Lives as translated by J. Langhorne and W. Langhorne (1836), p. 84
May I never sit on a tribunal where my friends shall not find more favor from me than strangers.Themistocles
For the Athenians command the rest of Greece, I command the Athenians; your mother commands me, and you command your mother.Themistocles
I have with me two gods, Persuasion and Compulsion.Themistocles
I choose the likely man in preference to the rich man; I want a man without money rather than money without a man.Themistocles