Quotations From HESIOD

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  • 41.
    For a man wins nothing better than a good wife, and then again nothing deadlier than a bad one.
    Hesiod (c. 8th century B.C.), Greek didactic poet. Works and Days, 702.
  • 42.
    He fashions evil for himself who does evil to another, and an evil plan does mischief to the planner.
    Hesiod (c. 8th century B.C.), Greek didactic poet. Works and Days, 265.

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  • 43.
    If you speak evil, you will soon be worse spoken of.
    Hesiod (c. 8th century B.C.), Greek didactic poet. Works and Days, 721.

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  • 44.
    He is senseless who would match himself against a stronger man; for he is deprived of victory and adds suffering to disgrace.
    Hesiod (c. 8th century B.C.), Greek didactic poet. Works and Days, 210.
  • 45.
    The man who is rich in fancy thinks that his wagon is already built; poor fool, he does not know that there are a hundred timbers to a wagon.
    Hesiod (c. 8th century B.C.), Greek didactic poet. Works and Days, 455.
  • 46.
    A bad neighbor is as great a calamity as a good one is a great advantage.
    Hesiod (c. 8th century B.C.), Greek didactic poet. Works and Days, 346.
  • 47.
    And Zeus will destroy this race of mortal men too, when they, at their birth, have grey hair on their temples.
    Hesiod (c. 8th century B.C.), Greek didactic poet. Works and Days, 180-181.

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