Quotations From HESIOD

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  • 11.
    Drink your fill when the jar is first opened, and when it is nearly done, but be sparing when it is half-empty; it's a poor saving when you come to the dregs.
    Hesiod (c. 8th century B.C.), Greek didactic poet. Works and Days, 368.

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  • 12.
    Wealth should not be seized, but the god-given is much better.
    Hesiod (c. 8th century B.C.), Greek didactic poet. Works and Days, 320.

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  • 13.
    Hunger is an altogether fit companion for the idle man.
    Hesiod (c. 8th century B.C.), Greek didactic poet. Works and Days, 302.
  • 14.
    So the people will pay the penalty for their kings' presumption, who, by devising evil, turn justice from her path with tortuous speech.
    Hesiod (c. 8th century B.C.), Greek didactic poet. Works and Days, 260.

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  • 15.
    Often even a whole city suffers for a bad man who sins and contrives presumptuous deeds.
    Hesiod (c. 8th century B.C.), Greek didactic poet. Works and Days, 240.

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  • 16.
    A sparing tongue is the greatest treasure among men.
    Hesiod (c. 8th century B.C.), Greek didactic poet. Works and Days, 719.
  • 17.
    Mortals grow swiftly in misfortune.
    Hesiod (c. 8th century B.C.), Greek didactic poet. Works and Days, 93.
  • 18.
    Never make a companion equal to a brother.
    Hesiod (c. 8th century B.C.), Greek didactic poet. Works and Days, 707.

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  • 19.
    A day is sometimes our mother, sometimes our stepmother.
    Hesiod (c. 8th century B.C.), Greek didactic poet. Works and Days, 825.

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  • 20.
    But countless plagues wander among men; for earth is full of evils, and the sea is full.
    Hesiod (c. 8th century B.C.), Greek didactic poet. Works and Days, 100.

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