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Demades, On the Twelve Years 8

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ἡ πενία δ’ ἴσως δύσχρηστον μὲν ἔχει τι καὶ χαλεπόν, κεχώρισται δ᾽ αἰσχύνης, ὡς ἄν, οἶμαι, τῆς ἀπορίας ἐπὶ πολλῶν οὐ τρόπου κακίαν ἀλλὰ τύχης ἀγνωμοσύνην ἐλεγχούσης.

Poverty is perhaps somewhat troublesome and difficult, but it is a separate thing from dishonour, since in most cases being short of money is not, I think, a proof of one’s baseness of character but rather of one’s lack of acquaintance with good fortune.

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August 12, 2011 at 12:00 PM

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