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Lucian, The Philosophy of Nigrinus 23

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οὐ γὰρ οὕτω τοῦ πλουτεῖν ἐρῶσιν ὡς τοῦ διὰ τὸ πλουτεῖν εὐδαιμονίζεσθαι. καὶ οὕτω δὴ ἔχει, μηδὲν ὄφελος εἶναι περικαλλοῦς οἰκίας τῷ οἰκοῦντι μηδὲ χρυσοῦ καὶ ἐλέφαντος, εἰ μή τις αὐτὰ θαυμάζοι.

They do not love being rich so much as being congratulated for being rich. And the fact of the matter is that a very beautiful house is of no benefit for the man who lives in it, nor are gold and ivory, unless someone admires those things.

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September 3, 2012 at 12:00 PM

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