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” For of the two extremes one is a more serious error than the other.  Hence, inasmuch as to hit the mean extremely well is difficult,2 the second best way to sail,3 as the saying goes, is to take the least of the evils; and the best way to do this will be the way we enjoin.
1 Hom. Od. 12.219: really the words are said by Odysseus, conveying to his steersman Circe's advice, to avoid the whirlpool of Charybdis which will engulf them all, and steer nearer to the monster Scylla who will devour only some of them.
2 Or ‘to hit the mean is extremely difficult.’
3 A proverb, meaning to take to the oars when the wind fails.