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John Bartlett (1820–1905). Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. 1919.

8763 Plutarh AD 46?-AD 120 John Bartlett

AUTHOR:Plutarch (A.D. 46?–A.D. c. 120)
QUOTATION:Laughing at his own son, who got his mother, and by his mother’s means his father also, to indulge him, he told him that he had the most power of any one in Greece: “For the Athenians command the rest of Greece, I command the Athenians, your mother commands me, and you command your mother.” 1
ATTRIBUTION:Life of Themistocles.
Note 1.
Diophantus, the young son of Themistocles, made his boast often and in many companies, that whatsoever pleased him pleased also all Athens; for whatever he liked, his mother liked; and whatever his mother liked, Themistocles liked; and whatever Themistocles liked, all the Athenians liked.—Of the Training of Children.

When the son of Themistocles was a little saucy toward his mother, he said that this boy had more power than all the Grecians; for the Athenians governed Greece, he the Athenians, his wife him, and his son his wife.—Apophthegms of Kings and Great Commanders. (Themistocles.) [back]