Fragmentary Friday: Democritus on Listening, Foresight, and Thanks

Fr. 86

“The naysayer and the one who prattles on a lot is ill-formed for learning what is necessary.”

ὁ ἀντιλογεόμενος καὶ πολλὰ λεσχηνευόμενος ἀφυὴς ἐς μάθησιν ὧν χρή

Fr. 87

“Saying everything is combative, so is being willing to hear nothing.”

πλεονεξίη τὸ πάντα λέγειν, μηδὲν δὲ ἐθέλειν ἀκούειν

Fr. 88

“It is necessary to guard against the fool lest he find an opportunity.”

τὸν φαῦλον παραφυλάττειν δεῖ, μὴ καιροῦ λάβηται.

Fr. 89

“The one who envies aggrieves himself as if he were an enemy.”

ὁ φθονέων ἑωυτὸν ὡς ἐχθρὸν λυπέει

Fr. 90

“Your enemy is not one who is doing wrong, but the one who intends to.”

ἐχθρὸς οὐχ ὁ ἀδικέων, ἀλλὰ ὁ βουλόμενος.

Fr. 91

“Hatred of your kin is much harder than that of outsiders”

ἡ τῶν συγγενῶν ἔχθρη τῆς τῶν ὀθνείων χαλεπωτέρη μάλα.

Fr. 92

“Don’t be suspicious of everyone; but be kind and steadfast.”

μὴ ὕποπτος πρὸς ἅπαντας, ἀλλ’ εὐλαβὴς γίνου καὶ ἀσφαλής.

Fr. 93

“It is right that the one who receives thanks expect to give greater thanks in return”

χάριτας δέχεσθαι χρεὼν προσκοπευόμενον κρέσσονας αὐτῶν ἀμοιβὰς ἀποδοῦναι.

Fr. 94

“When you give thanks guard against the one who takes it lest he return evil instead of good because he is wicked.”

χαριζόμενος προσκέπτεο τὸν λαμβάνοντα, μὴ κακὸν ἀντ’ ἀγαθοῦ κίβδηλος ἐὼν ἀποδῶι.

Fr. 95

“Small thanks at the right time are the greatest for those who receive them”

μικραὶ χάριτες ἐν καιρῶι μέγισται τοῖς λαμβάνουσι.

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