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John Bartlett (1820–1905).  Familiar Quotations, 10th ed.  1919.
 
Hesiod. (fl. 8th cent.? B.C.)
 
 
1
    We know to tell many fictions like to truths, and we know, when we will, to speak what is true.
          The Theogony. Line 27.
2
    On the tongue of such an one they shed a honeyed dew, 1 and from his lips drop gentle words.
          The Theogony. Line 82.
3
    Night, having Sleep, the brother of Death. 2
          The Theogony. Line 754.
4
    From whose eyelids also as they gazed dropped love. 3
          The Theogony. Line 910.
5
    Both potter is jealous of potter and craftsman of craftsman; and poor man has a grudge against poor man, and poet against poet. 4
          Works and Days. Line 25.
6
    Fools! they know not how much half exceeds the whole. 5
          Works and Days. Line 40.
7
    For full indeed is earth of woes, and full the sea; and in the day as well as night diseases unbidden haunt mankind, silently bearing ills to men, for all-wise Zeus hath taken from them their voice. So utterly impossible is it to escape the will of Zeus.
          Works and Days. Line 101.
8
    They died, as if o’ercome by sleep.
          Works and Days. Line 116.
9
    Oft hath even a whole city reaped the evil fruit of a bad man. 6
          Works and Days. Line 240.
10
    For himself doth a man work evil in working evils for another.
          Works and Days. Line 265.
  
  
  
11
    Badness, look you, you may choose easily in a heap: level is the path, and right near it dwells. But before Virtue the immortal gods have put the sweat of man’s brow; and long and steep is the way to it, and rugged at the first.
          Works and Days. Line 287.
12
    This man, I say, is most perfect who shall have understood everything for himself, after having devised what may be best afterward and unto the end.
          Works and Days. Line 293.
13
    Let it please thee to keep in order a moderate-sized farm, that so thy garners may be full of fruits in their season.
          Works and Days. Line 304.
14
    Invite the man that loves thee to a feast, but let alone thine enemy.
          Works and Days. Line 342.
15
    A bad neighbour is as great a misfortune as a good one is a great blessing.
          Works and Days. Line 346.
16
    Gain not base gains; base gains are the same as losses.
          Works and Days. Line 353.
17
    If thou shouldst lay up even a little upon a little, and shouldst do this often, soon would even this become great.
          Works and Days. Line 360.
18
    At the beginning of the cask and at the end take thy fill, but be saving in the middle; for at the bottom saving comes too late. Let the price fixed with a friend be sufficient, and even dealing with a brother call in witnesses, but laughingly.
          Works and Days. Line 366.
19
    Diligence increaseth the fruit of toil. A dilatory man wrestles with losses.
          Works and Days. Line 412.
20
    The morn, look you, furthers a man on his road, and furthers him too in his work.
          Works and Days. Line 579.
21
    Observe moderation. In all, the fitting season is best.
          Works and Days. Line 694.
22
    Neither make thy friend equal to a brother; but if thou shalt have made him so, be not the first to do him wrong.
          Works and Days. Line 707.
 
Note 1.
See Coleridge, Quotation 34. [back]
Note 2.
See Shelley, Quotation 26. [back]
Note 3.
See Milton, Quotation 262. [back]
Note 4.
See Gay, Quotation 17. [back]
Note 5.
Pittacus said that half was more than the whole.—Diogenes Laertius: Pittacus, ii. [back]
Note 6.
One man’s wickedness may easily become all men’s curse.—Publius Syrus: Maxim 463. [back]
 

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