Wednesday, May 18, 2022



J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Part I: The Fellowship of the Ring, 2nd ed. (Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1987), p. 276 (Book II, Chapter 2; Gandalf quoting Old Gamgee):
"I can't abide changes," said he, "not at my time of life, and least of all changes for the worst." "Changes for the worst," he repeated many times.
Isocrates, Nicocles 55 (tr. Yun Lee Too):
Maintain the present order of things, and do not desire change, knowing that through disturbances states must perish and private households must be overturned.

διαφυλάττετε τὴν παροῦσαν κατάστασιν, καὶ μηδεμιᾶς ἐπιθυμεῖτε μεταβολῆς, εἰδότες ὅτι διὰ τὰς ταραχὰς ἀναγκαῖόν ἐστι καὶ τὰς πόλεις ἀπόλλυσθαι καὶ τοὺς οἴκους τοὺς ἰδίους ἀναστάτους γίγνεσθαι.

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