Gorgias: Orators and Frogs

“He said that orators are like frogs: these croak in the water, while those croak at the waterclock.”

τοὺς ῥήτορας ἔφη ὁμοίους εἶναι τοῖς βατράχοις· τοὺς μὲν γὰρ ἐν ὕδατι κελαδεῖν, τοὺς δὲ πρὸς κλεψύδραν.

-Fragment from the Gnomologium Vaticanum, 743.n.167

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