Poverty is my country's inheritance from of old,
but valor she won for herself by wisdom and the strength of law.
In a word, [Greeks] are by
nature incapable of either living a quiet life themselves or of allowing
anyone else to do so.
I call him happiest
Future ages will wonder at us, as the present age wonders at us now.
If to die well be the chief part of virtue, fortune granted this to us above all others; for striving to endue Greece with freedom we lie here possessed of praise that grows not old.
Our love of what is beautiful does not lead
to extravagance; our love of the things of the mind does not make us soft.
We regard wealth as something to be properly used, rather than as something
to boast about. As for poverty, no one need be ashamed to admit it: the
real shame is in not taking practical measures to escape from it.
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