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Reading at Random in Classical Literature

Plutarch, Against Wealth fr.151

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Just a fragment, so it’s difficult to know what the context is – but quoted by Stobaeus from a work κατὰ πλούτου.

οὐδέποτε λιμὸς ἐγέννησε μοιχείαν, οὐδέποτε ἀπορία χρημάτων ἀσωτίαν. βραχεῖά τίς ἐστι σωφροσύνη τὸ πενητεύειν, ὀλίγη τις εὐνομία  τὸ ἀπορεῖσθαι.

Never did hunger bring forth adultery, never did lack of money bring forth profligacy. Being poor is a humble kind of temperance, lacking money is a small kind of obedience to the law.

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March 31, 2011 at 12:00 PM

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