Friday, July 31, 2015


You Can't Please Everyone

Theognis 801-804 (tr. Douglas E. Gerber):
There never has been nor will there be a man
who will please everyone before he goes down to Hades.
For not even he who is lord of mortals and immortals,
Zeus the son of Cronus, can please all men.

οὐδεὶς ἀνθρώπων οὔτ᾿ ἔσσεται οὔτε πέφυκεν
  ὅστις πᾶσιν ἁδὼν δύσεται εἰς Ἀΐδεω·
οὐδὲ γὰρ ὃς θνητοῖσι καὶ ἀθανάτοισιν ἀνάσσει,
  Ζεὺς Κρονίδης, θνητοῖς πᾶσιν ἁδεῖν δύναται.

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