Saturday, May 07, 2022



Isocrates, Helen 5 (tr. David Mirhady, slightly modified):
It is much better to conjecture reasonably about useful things than to have precise knowledge of what is useless, and to be a little ahead in important matters is better than to excel in small matters that are no help in life.

πολὺ κρεῖττόν ἐστι περὶ τῶν χρησίμων ἐπιεικῶς δοξάζειν ἢ περὶ τῶν ἀχρήστων ἀκριβῶς ἐπίστασθαι, καὶ μικρὸν προέχειν ἐν τοῖς μεγάλοις μᾶλλον ἢ πολὺ διαφέρειν ἐν τοῖς μικροῖς καὶ τοῖς μηδὲν πρὸς τὸν βίον ὠφελοῦσιν.

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