Οὐδενὸς χρὴ πράγματος
τὸν εὖ φρονοῦνθ’ ὅλως ἀπογνῶναί ποτε.
ἁλωτὰ γίνετ’ ἐπιμελείᾳ καὶ πόνῳ
ἅπαντ’. ἐγὼ τούτου παράδειγμα νῦν φέρω.
(Menander, Dyskolos 860-863)

A smart man need never entirely despair
Of any undertaking. With care and work
You can have it all. I’m living proof.
(tr. Alan H. Sommerstein)

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