Στρατηλάται τἂν μυρίοι γενοίμεθα,
σοφὸς δ’ ἂν εἷς τις ἢ δύ’ ἐν μακρῷ χρόνῳ.
(Euripides, Palamedes, fr. 581)

Commanders certainly we might become, many of us;
but wise ones—just one or two perhaps, over a very long time.
(tr. Christopher Collard)

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