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Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.

NUMBER: 1176
AUTHOR: Francis Bacon (1561–1626)
QUOTATION: Nay, number itself in armies importeth not much, where the people is of weak courage; for, as Virgil saith, “It never troubles the wolf how many the sheep be.”
ATTRIBUTION: FRANCIS BACON,Of the True Greatness of Kingdoms and Estates,” The Essays or Counsels Civil & Moral of Francis Bacon, p. 129 (1905).

Bacon quoted the words of Thyrsis in Virgil’s Eclogue VII.
SUBJECTS: Military affairs