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Pittacus of Mytilene

Πιττακός ο Μυτιληναίος, 650-570 BC ,  one of the 7 sages of Ancient Greece
Pittacus of MytileneAn ancient military general from Lesvos and one of the Seven Sages of Greece.

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Ancient Greek

A fool laughs even when there is nothing funny.

Γελά ο μωρός καν τι μη γελοίον ή.

Know the right time.

Καιρόν γνώθι.

Do not say before hand what you are going to do; for if you fail, you will be laughed at.

Ο μέλλεις πράττειν μη πρόλεγε, αποτυχών γαρ γελασθήση.

Achieve your victories without blood.

Τας νίκας άνευ αίματος ποιείσθαι.

Do not reproach a man with his misfortunes, fearing lest Nemesis may overtake you.

Ατυχίαν μη ονειδίζειν, νέμεσιν αιδούμενον.

Don’t trust everybody.

Μη πάσι πίστευε.

Act knowing.

Γνους πράττε.

Forgiveness is better than revenge.

Συγγνώμη τιμωρίας κρείσσων.


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