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Chorus
Misfortune is the result of unbridled mouths and lawless folly; but the life of quiet [390] and wisdom remain unshaken and hold houses together. Though they dwell far off in the heavens the gods see the deeds of mortals. [395] But cleverness is not wisdom, nor is thinking on things unfit for mortals. Life is short, and on this account the one who pursues great things does not achieve that which is present. In my opinion, [400] these are the ways of mad and ill-advised men.

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