A man gains no possession better than a good woman, nothing more horrible than a bad one.
If to die honorably is the greatest Part of virtue, for us fate's done her best. Because we fought to crown Greece with freedom We lie here enjoying timeless fame.
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?
Not even the gods fight against necessity.
There is no better test of a man's work than time, which also reveals the thoughts which lay hidden in his breast.
Of earth's goods, the best is a good wife; a bad, the bitterest curse of human life.
What is life without the joy of Love?
There's no joy even in beautiful Wisdom, unless one have holy Health.
A man cannot possess anything that is better than a good wife, or anything that is worse than a bad one.
It is hard to be truly excellent, four-square in hand and foot and mind, formed without blemish.
Man's strength is but little, and futile his concerns.
We did not flinch but gave our lives to save Greece when her fate hung on a razor's edge.
The gods do not fight against necessity.
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