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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.
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Waster of rich men, keeper
Of warm lights and all-night vigil
In the soft face of a girl:
Even the pure immortals cannot escape you,
And mortal man, in his one day’s dusk,
Trembles before your glory.
Wisdom outweighs any wealth.
Sons are the anchors of a mother’s life.
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.
Creusa, fragment 323