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Xenophon, Oeconomicus 11.3-12.1

  “First, Socrates, you can’t make lushes pay attention: drinking makes them heedless of everything that needs doing.”     Πρῶτον μέν, ἔφη, ὦ Σώκρατες, τοὺς οἴνου ἀκρατεῖς οὐκ ἂν δύναιο ἐπιμελεῖς ποιῆσαι· τὸ γὰρ μεθύειν λήθην ἐμποιεῖ πάντων τῶν … Continue reading

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Euripides, Hippolytus 486-7

“This is it which has destroyed the firmly-settled cities and homes of men: overly fine speaking.” τοῦτ᾽ ἔσθ᾽ ὃ θνητῶν εὖ πόλεις οἰκουμένας δόμους τ᾽ ἀπόλλυσ᾽, οἱ καλοὶ λίαν λόγοι.

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Euripides, Hippolytus 261-6

“In life, they say, strict and unrelenting occupation is more likely to ruin than please us, and it wages war with our health. Therefore, I am more inclined to praise moderation than excessive strain; and wise people agree with me.” … Continue reading

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Euripides, Cyclops 538 (Friday night advice)

“‘Tis the mark of a wise man to stay home when drunk.” ὃς δ᾽ ἂν μεθυσθείς γ᾽ ἐν δόμοις μείνῃ σοφός.

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Euripides, Cyclops 471

“I’d like a part in this slaughter!” φόνου γὰρ τοῦδε κοινωνεῖν θέλω. Here, the chorus of satyrs express their eagerness to assist in Odysseus’ plan to blind their cruel and tyrannical master, Polyphemus.

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Rufinus, Epigram XXV

Athena and Hera with her golden sandals, looked Maionis over and cried out from the depths of their hearts “We are not getting naked again! One shepherd’s judgment will do, and it is an ugly thing to be twice bested … Continue reading

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Pindar, Olympian 8.59-60

  “Teaching is easier for someone who knows; not learning first is stupid. “     τὸ διδάξασθαι δέ τοι εἰδότι ῥᾴτερον• ἄγνωμον δὲ τὸ μὴ προμαθεῖν•  

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Euripides, Bacchae 196

“We alone are right-minded; everyone else is wrong.” μόνοι γὰρ εὖ φρονοῦμεν, οἱ δ᾽ ἄλλοι κακῶς. Teiresias speaking to Cadmus; the sentiment, however, has achieved a universal currency among all members of humanity.

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Homer, Odyssey 18.130-5

  “The earth raises up nothing feebler than man— [of all the things that creep and breathe over the earth] For we think that we will never suffer evil tomorrow As long as the gods give us excellence and our … Continue reading

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Xenophon, Memorabilia 4.4.2

  “Men of Athens, I have never learned anything from anyone nor when hearing that some men are competent at both speaking and acting did I seek to meet them. I never cared about having one of the men who … Continue reading

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