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Someone asked Sophocles, How do you feel now about sex Are you able to have a woman He replied, Hush man most gladly indeed am I rid off it all, as though I had escaped from a mad and savage master.
I have nothing but contempt for the kind of governor who is afraid, for whatever reason, to follow the course that he knows is best for the State and as for the man who sets private friendship above the public welfare - I have no use for him either.
Surely, to think your own the only wisdom, and yours the only word, the only will, betrays a shallow spirit, an empty heart.
Rash indeed is he who reckons on the morrow, or haply on days beyond it for tomorrow is not, until today is past.
Men of perverse opinion do not know the excellence of what is in their hands, till some one dash it from them.
The ideal condition Would be, I admit, that men should be right by instinct But since we are all likely to go astray, The reasonable thing is to learn from those who can teach.
There is no happiness where there is no wisdom No wisdom but in submission to the gods. Big words are always punished, And proud men in old age learn to be wise.
Truly, to tell lies is not honorable but when the truth entails tremendous ruin, To speak dishonorably is pardonable.
Who feels no ills, should, therefore, fear them; and when fortune smiles, be doubly cautious, lest destruction come remorseless on him, and he fall unpitied.
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