Tuesday, June 17, 2014


Let's Agree to Disagree, Part II

Euenus, fragment 1 (tr. M.L. West):
Many men tend to contradict on every point,
    but contradicting rightly's out of vogue.
Well, as for them there's one old saw that's all we need:
    'you can keep your opinion, I'll keep mine.'
But the intelligent are soon persuadable
    by reason, and they're easiest to teach.

πολλοῖς δ᾽ ἀντιλέγειν ἔθος περὶ παντὸς ὁμοίως,
    ὀρθῶς δ᾽ ἀντιλέγειν, οὐκέτι τοῦτ᾽ ἐν ἔθει.
καὶ πρὸς μὲν τούτους ἀρκεῖ λόγος εἷς ὁ παλαιός·
    "σοὶ μὲν ταῦτα δοκοῦντ᾽ ἔστω, ἐμοὶ δὲ τάδε."
τοὺς ξυνετοὺς δ᾽ ἄν τις πείσειε τάχιστα λέγων εὖ,
    οἵπερ καὶ ῥῄστης εἰσὶ διδασκαλίης.
Related post: Let's Agree to Disagree.

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