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Clement of Alexandria: STROMATA (MISCELLANIES), Part III, Complete

Translated by Alexander Roberts and James Donaldson.

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And Theognis of Megara says:--

"You must, to escape poverty, throw

Yourself, O Cyrnus down from

The steep rocks into the deep sea."

On the other hand, Antiphanes, the comic poet, says, "Plutus (Wealth), when it has taken hold of those who see better than others, makes them blind." Now by the poets he is proclaimed as blind from his birth:--

"And brought him forth blind who saw not the sun."

Says the Chalcidian Euphorion:--

"Riches, then, and extravagant luxuries,

Were for men the worst training for manliness."

Wrote Euripides in Alexander:--

"And it is said,

Penury has attained wisdom through misfortune;

But much wealth will capture not

Sparta alone, but every city."

"It is not then the only coin that mortals have, that which is white silver or golden, but virtue too," as Sophocles says.

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