Two Proverbs on Strangers

These probably don’t work together.


Arsenius, 3.59 a

“Send the stranger back to the storm”: [this proverb is applied] to those who arrive at a bad time.

῎Απαγε ξένον ἐν χειμῶνι: ἐπὶ τῶν ἀκαίρως ἐλθόντων.



“Share with strangers and those in need from what you have—for one who does not give to the needy will not himself receive anything when he is in need.” This is a saying of Democritus.

Ξένοις μεταδίδου καὶ τοῖς δεομένοις ἐκ τῶν ἐνόντων· ὁ γὰρ μὴ διδοὺς δεομένῳ οὐδὲ αὐτὸς λήψεται δεόμενος Δημοκρίτου.

Rutland Psalter, British Library

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