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A Spartan ephor cut two of the strings of a harp, saying to the performer, "Don't murder music."

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Some one seeing a picture of Laconians being killed by Athenians, observed, "Brave fellows,these Athenians." "On canvas," interposed a Laconian.

From 'Greek Wit: A Collection of Smart Sayings and Anecdotes' by Frederick Apthorp Paley.