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|He then inquired of his elder son what their grandfather had said to them. ... Now |
that you know how much better it is to be envied than pitied, and understand what
comes of indulging your anger against parents and superiors, come back ...
|Then the boy, when he was chased from one friend, sought refuge with another, |
but was driven from shelter to shelter by the ... 'For yourself, now that you know
how much better a thing it is to be envied than pitied, and how dangerous it is to ...
|Experience has taughtyou how much better it is to be envied than pitied,4 and |
how dangerous it is to provoke a superior and a parent — return therefore to my
house." To this speech Periander received no other answer from his son, than
|place ; and though it was not near the value it " was esteemed to be, and that |
many other offices " were more profitable, yet it was enough ... that grant;" his
majesty said, " he was a fool for his labour, and that he " would be much better in
being envied than in " being pitied. ... for he had refused so many things, " that he
knew not what he would take;" and therefore wished him "to take a boat to Wor- "
|fallen on myself; and I feel it the more sensibly, from the reflection that I was |
myself the author of it. Experience has taught you how much better it is to be
envied than pitied,* and how dangerous it is to provoke a superior and a parent :
|Ex- " perience has taught you how much better it is to be " envied than pitied, and |
how dangerous it is to pro- " voke a superior and a parent — return therefore to "
my house." To this speech Periander received no other answer from his son, ...
|You are more unmerciful to me than the judge, doctor : he recommended my soul |
to heaven ; and it is your office to shew mo the way thither. ... and, to say the truth,
I question whether, to a wise man, the catastrophe of many of those who die by a
halter is not more to be envied than pitied. No thing is so sinful as sin ; and
murder is the greatest of all sins : it follows that whoever commits murder is happy
|Pindar, Pyth., i, 85 : Kpeaawv yap olKnpfiov <f,d6vos (Envy is better than pity). 5 |
Herodotus, Hist, iii, 52: aii Se fiadwv oam <f>doveeaOai Kpiaaov earl rj
olicrelpeadai (Nay, bethink you how much better a thing it is to be envied than to
be pitied) ...
|Slightly more complicated is the abba order that leads from the first alternative |
through presentation and disposal of ... Go home, having learned how much
better it is to be envied than pitied. ... Xerxes: What two things are most hostile to
|Then Periander made a proclamation that anyone who received the boy into his |
house or even spoke to him must pay a fine devoted to ... "Son, which of these
two conditions seems the better to you — your present state or the sovereignty
and the good things I now enjoy, ... You have learned how much better it is to be
envied than pitied and what it is to have indulged your anger against your father