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A bad neighbor is a misfortune, as much as a good one is a great blessing.
Actions from youth, advice from the middle-aged, prayers from the aged.
At the beginning of the cask and the end take thy fill but be saving in the middle; for at the bottom the savings comes too late.
Before the gates of excellence the high gods have placed sweat; long is the road thereto and rough and steep at first; but when the heights are reached, then there is ease, then there is ease, though grievously hard in the winning.
Fools! not to know how far an humble lot
Exceeds abundance by injustice got;
How health and temperance bless the rustic swain,
While luxury destroys her pamper'd train.
In dealing even with your brother have witnesses, though laughingly.
It is best to do things systematically, since we are only humans, and disorder is our worst enemy.
Money is life to us wretched mortals.
No day is wholly unproductive of good.
The man who procrastinates struggles with ruin.
The voice of the people is the voice of God.
There is also an evil report; light, indeed, and easy to raise, but difficult to carry, and still more difficult to get rid of.
But what says the Greek? "In the morning of like, work; in the midday, give counsel; in the evening, pray."
- Fragments [Time]
We know to tell many fictions like to truths, and we know, when we will, to speak what is true.
- The Theogony (line 27) [Truth]
Night, having Sleep, the brother of Death.
- The Theogony (line 754) [Sleep]
On the tongue of such an one they shed a honeyed dew, and from his lips drop gentle words.
- The Theogony (line 82) [Words]
In man speaks God.
- Works and Days [Speech]
The potter is at enmity with the potter.
- Works and Days [Business]
The artist envies what the arties gains,
The bard the rival bard's successful strains.
- Works and Days (bk. I, l. 43) [Envy]
No whispered rumours which the many spread can wholly perish.
- Works and Days (I, 763) [Public]
Aerial spirits, by great Jove design'd
To be on earth the guardians of mankind:
Invisible to mortal eyes they go,
And mark our actions, good or bad, below:
The immortal spies with watchful care preside,
And thrice ten thousand round their charges glide:
They can reward with glory or with gold,
A power they by Divine permission hold.
- Works and Days (l. 164) [Spirits]
Often an entire city has suffered because of an evil man.
- Works and Days (l. 240) [Suffering]
And the evil wish is most evil to the wisher.
- Works and Days (V, 264) [Wishes]