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Hateful to me

Hateful to me as the gates of Hades is that man who hides one thing in his heart and speaks another.

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Men grow tired

Men grow tired of sleep, love, singing and dancing, sooner than war.

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I detest that

I detest that man who hides one thing in the depths of his heart, and speaks for another.

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The difficulty is

The difficulty is not so great to die for a friend, as to find a friend worth dying for.

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It is equally

It is equally offensive to speed a guest who would like to stay and to detain one who is anxious to leave.

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The gods, likening

The gods, likening themselves to all kinds of strangers, go in various disguises from city to city, observing the wrongdoing and the righteousness of men.

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Nothing feebler than

Nothing feebler than a man does the earth raise up, of all the things which breathe and move on the earth, for he believes that he will never suffer evil in the future, as long as the gods give him success and he flourishes in his strength; but when the blessed gods bring sorrows too to pass, even these he bears, against his will, with steadfast spirit, for the thoughts of earthly men are like the day which the father of gods and men brings upon them.

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Dreams surely are

Dreams surely are difficult, confusing, and not everything in them is brought to pass for mankind. For fleeting dreams have two gates: one is fashioned of horn and one of ivory. Those which pass through the one of sawn ivory are deceptive, bringing tidings which come to nought, but those which issue from the one of polished horn bring true results when a mortal sees them.

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Evil deeds do

Evil deeds do not prosper; the slow man catches up with the swift.

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Among all men

Among all men on the earth bards have a share of honor and reverence, because the muse has taught them songs and loves the race of bards.

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