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Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.

AUTHOR: Simonides of Ceos (c. 556–468? B.C.)
QUOTATION: Difficult, say you? Difficult to be a man of virtue, truly good, shaped and fashioned without flaw in the perfect figure of four-squared excellence, in body and mind, in act and thought?
ATTRIBUTION: SIMONIDES of Ceos.—The Oedipus Tyrannus of Sophocles, trans. J. T. Sheppard, Introduction, p. xxxi (1920).
SUBJECTS: Excellence