Herodas, Mimiambs 2.9
A brothel-keeper alludes to a proverbial expression.
καὶ ζ]ῶμεν οὐχ ὡς βουλόμεσθ’ ἀλλ’ ὡς ἡμέας
ὁ και]ρὸς ἕλκει.
[And we] live not as we want, but as [the mome]nt draws us along.
Compare Menander (fr. 47):
ζῶμεν γὰρ οὐχ ὡς θέλομεν, ἀλλ’ ὡς δυνάμεθα.
For we live not as we want, but as we are able.