Fragmentary Friday: Just Lust, Experience, and Shame–More from Democritus

Fr. 72

“Extreme desires about one thing blind the soul to others.”

αἱ περί τι σφοδραὶ ὀρέξεις τυφλοῦσιν εἰς τἆλλα τὴν ψυχήν.

Fr. 73

“Just lust is longing for noble things without arrogance.”

δίκαιος ἔρως ἀνυβρίστως ἐφίεσθαι τῶν καλῶν

Fr. 74

“It is sweet to receive nothing unless it brings advantage.”

ἡδὺ μηδὲν ἀποδέχεσθαι, ἢν μὴ συμφέρηι.

Fr. 75

“It is better for the witless to be ruled than to rule”

κρέσσον ἄρχεσθαι τοῖς ἀνοήτοισιν ἢ ἄρχειν

Fr. 76

“Children have no reason, but experience is their teacher”

νηπίοισιν οὐ λόγος, ἀλλὰ ξυμφορὴ γίνεται διδάσκαλος.

Fr. 77

“Fame and wealth without understanding are not stable possessions.”

δόξα καὶ πλοῦτος ἄνευ ξυνέσιος οὐκ ἀσφαλέα κτήματα

Fr. 78

“It is not pointless to acquire wealth but it is more evil than anything to get it from injustice.”

χρήματα πορίζειν μὲν οὐκ ἀχρεῖον, ἐξ ἀδικίης δὲ πάντων κάκιον

Fr. 79

“It is hard for evil people to imitate the good when they are not willing.”

χαλεπὸν μιμεῖσθαι μὲν τοὺς κακούς, μηδὲ ἐθέλειν δὲ τοὺς ἀγαθούς.

Fr. 80

“It is shameful for one who meddles in the business of others to be ignorant about his own.”

αἰσχρὸν τὰ ὀθνεῖα πολυπραγμονέοντα ἀγνοεῖν τὰ οἰκήϊα.

Fr. 81

“Continuous delay renders deeds incomplete.”

τὸ ἀεὶ μέλλειν ἀτελέας ποιεῖ τὰς πρήξιας

Fr. 82

“Those who are deceitful and seem good in all things in word, do nothing in action.”

κίβδηλοι καὶ ἀγαθοφανέες οἱ λόγωι μὲν ἅπαντα, ἔργωι δὲ οὐδὲν ἔρδοντες.

Fr. 83

“Fortunate is one who has wealth and a mind—for he uses them well for what is necessary.”

μακάριος, ὃς οὐσίαν καὶ νοῦν ἔχει· χρῆται γὰρ εἰς ἃ δεῖ καλῶς.

Fr. 84

“Ignorance of what is better is the cause of error”

ἁμαρτίης αἰτίη ἡ ἀμαθίη τοῦ κρέσσονος.

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