Theophrastus, Characters 1.1-4

 

“The dissembler is the kind of man who …confesses nothing of what he is really doing but claims to be considering the matter, pretends he has arrived late, and acts rather weak-willed.”

 

 

ὁ δὲ εἴρων τοιοῦτος τις, οἷος…καὶ μηδὲν ὧν πράττει ὁμολογῆσαι, ἀλλὰ φῆσαι βουλεύεσθαι καὶ προσποιήσασθαι ἄρτι παραγεγονέναι καὶ μαλακισθῆναι.

Theophrastus, a successor to Aristotle, wrote his Characters to provide moral education for the youth…