Quotations From HESIOD

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  • 1.
    Giving is good, but taking is bad and brings death.
    Hesiod (c. 8th century B.C.), Greek didactic poet. Works and Days, 356.

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  • 2.
    False shame accompanies a man that is poor, shame that either harms a man greatly or profits him; shame is with poverty, but confidence with wealth.
    Hesiod (c. 8th century B.C.), Greek didactic poet. Works and Days, 317.

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  • 3.
    Bring a wife home to your house when you are of the right age, not far short of 30 years, nor much above; this is the right time for marriage.
    Hesiod (c. 8th century B.C.), Greek didactic poet. Works and Days, 395.

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  • 4.
    Do not put off your work until tomorrow and the day after. For the sluggish worker does not fill his barn, nor the one who puts off his work; industry aids work, but the man who puts off work always wrestles with disaster.
    Hesiod (c. 8th century B.C.), Greek didactic poet. Works and Days, 410.

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  • 5.
    But they who give straight judgements to strangers and to those of the land and do not transgress what is just, for them the city flourishes and its people prosper.
    Hesiod (c. 8th century B.C.), Greek didactic poet. Works and Days, 225.

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  • 6.
    Do not gain basely; base gain is equal to ruin.
    Hesiod (c. 8th century B.C.), Greek didactic poet. Works and Days, 349.
  • 7.
    If you add a little to a little, and then do it again, soon that little shall be much.
    Hesiod (c. 8th century B.C.), Greek didactic poet. Works and Days, 316.
  • 8.
    Preserve the mean; the opportune moment is best in all things.
    Hesiod (c. 8th century B.C.), Greek didactic poet. Works and Days, 694.
  • 9.
    Whoever has trusted a woman has trusted deceivers.
    Hesiod (c. 8th century B.C.), Greek didactic poet. Works and Days, 375.

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  • 10.
    It will not always be summer; build barns.
    Hesiod (c. 8th century B.C.), Greek didactic poet. Works and Days, 503.

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