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—  Murasaki Shikibu, Ch. 29: The Royal Visit
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„May I never sit on a tribunal where my friends shall not find more favor from me than strangers.“

—  Themistocles Athenian statesman -524 - -459 a.C.
As quoted by Plutarch, in Lives as translated by J. Langhorne and W. Langhorne (1850) http://books.google.com/books?id=jaBfAAAAMAAJ, p. 225

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