The Nature of Human Stories: Pindar Olympian 1.28-29

“The wonders of the world are many, but somehow
mortal rumor turns around the true tale—
Stories deceive us
When decorated with the finest lies.”

ἦ θαύματα πολλά, καί πού τι καὶ βροτῶν
φάτις ὑπὲρ τὸν ἀλαθῆ λόγον
δεδαιδαλμένοι ψεύδεσι ποικίλοις
ἐξαπατῶντι μῦθοι.