Menander, Monostichoi 583

“The gods love the man who dies young”

 

 

ὅν οἱ θεοὶ φιλοῦσιν ἀποθνῄσκει νέος

 

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Heraclitus, Fr. 53

 

Harmony we can’t see is stronger than harmony we can

 

ἁρμονίη ἀφανὴς φανερῆς κρείττων.

 

(but I also like:

“Unseen harmony is stronger than what we can see”)

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Seneca, De Ira 3.30.3

“I have less than I hoped for, but perhaps I hoped for more than I ought to.”

 

Minus habeo quam speraui: sed fortasse plus speraui quam debui.

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Democritus, fr. 103 (Stob. IV 34, 58)

“Good things rarely happen when you look for them, but bad things happen even when you don’t.”

 

διζημένοισι τἀγαθὰ μόλις παραγίνεται, τὰ δὲ κακὰ καὶ μὴ διζημένοισιν

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Ovid, Ars Amatoria 2.437-8

“The soul becomes enfeebled by excess of prosperity, nor is it an easy thing to bear convenience with a level head.”

 

“luxuriant animi rebus plerumque secundis,

nec facile est aequa commoda mente pati.”

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Ovid, Ars Amatoria 2.275

“Poems are certainly praised, but great gifts are what is sought.”

“carmina laudantur sed munera magna petuntur.”

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Euripides, fr. 657 (Protelisaus)

 

“Anyone who lumps all women together in slander

Is unsubtle and unwise

For among the many women you will find one wicked

And another with a spirit as noble as this one”

 

ὅστις δὲ πάσας συντιθεὶς ψέγει λόγῳ

γυναῖκας ἑξῆς, σκαιός ἐστι κοὐ σοφός

πολλῶν γὰρ οὐσῶν τὴν μὲν εὑρήσεις κακήν

τὴν δ᾿ ὥσπερ ἥδε λῆμ᾿ ἔχουσαν εὐγενές

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