Courtesy of translator Giles Laurén, author of The Stoic's Bible. From Fortenbaugh/Schütrumpf's Demetrius of Phalerum.
- On hearing that the Athenians had taken down his statues: But not the merit on account of which they erected them.
Demetrius of Phalerum. Fortenbaugh/ Schütrumpf. p.31.
- Demetrius of Phalerum advised King Ptolemy to acquire the books dealing with kingship and leadership, and to read them: For the things their friends do not dare to offer the kings as advice, are written in these books.
PLUTARCH. Sayings of Kings and Commanders. Demetrius of Phalerum. Fortenbaugh/Schütrumpf. p.81.
- He who is unable to take misfortune nobly is unable to take good fortune adroitly.
Demetrius of Phalerum. Fortenbaugh/Schütrumpf. p.137.
- One should not inquire whether people are from a great city but whether they are worthy of a great city.
Demetrius of Phalerum. Fortenbaugh/Schütrumpf. p.139.
- Who is the best counsellor? The right moment.
Demetrius of Phalerum. Fortenbaugh/Schütrumpf. p.141
- A timely service rendered where desired is welcome, for its usefulness and the will to accept it redound to the greater honour of the benefactor. A service rendered late and where it is not wanted is unwelcome, because the moment of its usefulness has been missed and the desire to accept it has vanished.
Demetrius of Phalerum. Fortenbaugh/Schütrumpf. p.223.