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Bias of Priene

Βίας ο Πριηνεύς, 625-540 BC ,  Greek philosopher, one of the 7 sages of Ancient Greece
Bias of Priene

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Cherish wisdom as a means of travelling from youth to old age, for it is more lasting than any other possession.

Ancient Greek

Power shows the man.

Αρχή άνδρα δείκνυσι.

Hear much; speak to the point.

Άκουε πολλά, λάλει καίρια.

When a good man steps down from power, he shouldn’t have become more rich, but more honored.

Δει τον αγαθόν άνδρα παυόμενον της αρχής μη πλουσιώτερον, αλλά μάλλον ενδοξότερον γεγονέναι.

Think what you are doing.

Νόει το πραττόμενον.

Old age is a harbor for bad things.

Το γήρας όρμον είναι των κακών.

Take by persuasion, not by force.

Πείσας λαβέ, μη βιασάμενος.

Good men are easily deceived.

Οι αγαθοί ευαπάτητοι.

The best democracy is where everybody is afraid of the law like a tyrant.

Κρατίστην είναι δημοκρατίαν εν ή πάντες ως τύραννον φοβούνται τον νόμον.

It is misfortune not to be able to bear misfortune.

Ατυχή είναι τον ατυχίαν μη φέροντα.

Most people are bad.

Οι πλείστοι άνθρωποι κακοί.

For whatever good you do, praise the gods not yourself.

Ό,τι αν αγαθόν πράσσης, θεούς. μη σεαυτόν αιτιώ.

Be slow in considering, but resolute in action.

Βραδέως εγχείρει· ό δ᾽ αν άρξῃ, διαβεβαιού.

Don’t praise an unworthy man for his riches.

Ανάξιον άνδρα μη επαίνει διά πλούτον.


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