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S.A. Bent, comp. Familiar Short Sayings of Great Men. 1887.

Antigonus II.

  • [Antigonus Gonatas, son of Demetrius Poliorcetes, and grandson of the preceding; king of Macedon, 277 B.C.; expelled by Pyrrhus, and again on his return by the son of Pyrrhus, but finally recovered his dominions; died 239.]
  • But how many ships do you reckon my presence to be worth?

  • To the pilot, before a naval battle with the lieutenants of Ptolemy, when told that the enemy’s ships outnumbered his own.—PLUTARCH: Apothegms. He denied, on another occasion, that he had fled, when he retreated before the superior numbers of the enemy; but explained it by the euphemism, “I betook myself to an advantage that lay behind me.”