Homer, Odyssey 4.236-7

“The god Zeus gives good to some people sometimes

and bad other times. He’s capable of everything.”



ἀτὰρ θεὸς ἄλλοτε ἄλλῳ

Ζεὺς ἀγαθόν τε κακόν τε διδοῖ· δύναται γὰρ ἅπαντα· —


Zeus, himself, might disagree since he thinks mortals share the blame for their own fortunes. But this epic is keenly interested in exploring the horrible complicity of god and man that causes and exacerbates suffering.

Hermolochus (Stobaeus, Extracts 4.34.66)


“Often a terrible wind follows hard after fair-sailing.”

ἀντιπνεῖ δὲ πολλάκις εὐτυχίᾳ δεινά τις αὔρα

Hermolochus just defeated Wikipedia. Stobaeus made the cut, though.

(Am I the only one who loves the sound of ἀντιπνεῖ? Seriously, say it aloud a few times…)