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“A king does not abide within his tent while his men bleed and die upon the field. A king does not dine while his men go hungry, nor sleep when they stand at watch upon the wall. A king does not command his men's loyalty through fear nor purchase it with gold; he earns their love by the sweat of his own back and the pains he endures for their sake. That which comprises the harshest burden, a king lifts first and sets down last. A king does not require service of those he leads but provides it to them...A king does not expend his substance to enslave men, but by his conduct and example makes them free.”


Steven Pressfield, Gates of Fire: An Epic Novel of the Battle of Thermopylae
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Gates of Fire: An Epic Novel of the Battle of Thermopylae Gates of Fire: An Epic Novel of the Battle of Thermopylae by Steven Pressfield
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