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

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Hesiod. (fl. 8th cent.? B.C.) (continued)
    Invite the man that loves thee to a feast, but let alone thine enemy.
          Works and Days. Line 342.
    A bad neighbour is as great a misfortune as a good one is a great blessing.
          Works and Days. Line 346.
    Gain not base gains; base gains are the same as losses.
          Works and Days. Line 353.
    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.
    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.
    Diligence increaseth the fruit of toil. A dilatory man wrestles with losses.
          Works and Days. Line 412.
    The morn, look you, furthers a man on his road, and furthers him too in his work.
          Works and Days. Line 579.
    Observe moderation. In all, the fitting season is best.
          Works and Days. Line 694.
    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.
Theognis. (fl. 6th cent. B.C.)
    Wine is wont to show the mind of man.
          Maxims. Line 500.
    No one goes to Hades with all his immense wealth. 1
          Maxims. Line 725.
Note 1.
For when he dieth he shall carry nothing away, his glory shall not descend after him.—Psalm xlix. 17. [back]