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  • 31.
    Toil is no source of shame; idleness is shame.
    Hesiod (c. 8th century B.C.), Greek didactic poet. Works and Days, 311.
  • 32.
    In the race for wealth, a neighbor tries to outdo his neighbor, but this strife is good for men. For the potter envies potter, and the carpenter the carpenter, and the beggar rivals the beggar, and the singer the singer.
    Hesiod (c. 8th century B.C.), Greek didactic poet. Works and Days, 23.
  • 33.
    Justice prevails over transgression when she comes to the end of the race.
    Hesiod (c. 8th century B.C.), Greek didactic poet. Works and Days, 217.

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  • 34.
    For both faith and want of faith have destroyed men alike.
    Hesiod (c. 8th century B.C.), Greek didactic poet. Works and Days, 372.

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  • 35.
    Love, the fairest among the undying gods, who loosens the limbs of all gods and men,
    conquers resolve and prudent counsel within the breast.
    Hesiod (c. 8th century B.C.), Greek didactic poet. Theogony, 120.

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  • 36.
    Admire a small ship, but put your freight in a large one; for the larger the load, the greater will be the profit upon profit.
    Hesiod (c. 8th century B.C.), Greek didactic poet. Works and Days, 642.
  • 37.
    They are fools who do not know how much the half exceeds the whole.
    Hesiod (c. 8th century B.C.), Greek didactic poet. Works and Days, 40.
  • 38.
    For now indeed is the race of iron; and men never cease from labour and sorrow by day and from perishing by night.
    Hesiod (c. 8th century B.C.), Greek didactic poet. Works and Days, 176-178.

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  • 39.
    Do not get a name as overly lavish or too inhospitable.
    Hesiod (c. 8th century B.C.), Greek didactic poet. Works and Days, 715.
  • 40.
    For dawn takes away a third part of your work, and advances a man on his journey, and advances him in his work.
    Hesiod (c. 8th century B.C.), Greek didactic poet. Works and Days, 578.

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