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John Bartlett (1820–1905). Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. 1919.

9185 Athenaeus fl 200 John Bartlett

AUTHOR:Athenaeus (fl. c. 200)
QUOTATION:It was a saying of Demetrius Phalereus, that “Men having often abandoned what was visible for the sake of what was uncertain, have not got what they expected, and have lost what they had,—being unfortunate by an enigmatical sort of calamity.” 1
ATTRIBUTION:The Deipnosophists. vi. 23.
Note 1.
Said with reference to mining operations. [back]