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date: 15 April 2024

Solon c.640–after 556 bc
Greek poet and Athenian statesman 

  1. I grow old ever learning many things.
    Theodor Bergk (ed.) Poetae Lyrici Graeci (1843) no. 18
  2. Call no man happy before he dies, he is at best but fortunate.
    Herodotus Histories bk. 1, ch. 32; see Bible
  3. on being asked what city was best to live in:
    That city in which those who are not wronged, no less than those who are wronged, exert themselves to punish the wrongdoers.
    sometimes wrongly attributed to Thucydides in the form ‘Justice will not come to Athens until those who are not injured are as indignant as those who are’
    Plutarch Parallel Lives ‘Solon’, tr. B Perrin