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[39] Regard as wise men, not those who dispute subtly about trifling matters, but those who speak well on the great issues;1 and not those who, being themselves in sorry straits, hold forth to others the promise of a prosperous fortune, but those who, while making modest claims for themselves, are able to deal with both affairs and men, and are not upset by the vicissitudes of existence, but have learned to bear moderately and bravely both the good and the evil chances of life.2

1 Cf. Isoc. 4.188-189 and note.

2 Cf. Isoc. 1.42 and note.

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