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μειοῦσθαι: fall short of.

καλῶς ἔχειν: without ἄν, after the analogy of καλῶς εἶχε, καλὸν ἦν, ἐξῆν, etc. See G. 1400; H. 897.

εἰ ἔχαιρον: for the impf. in dependent clauses of indirect discourse, see GMT. 691; H. 936.

ἂν εἶναι κεχαρισμένα: sc. εἰ ἔχαιρον.

κὰδ δύναμιν: equivalent to κατὰ δύναμιν. For the ‘apocope’ and ‘assimilation,’ see G. 53; H. 84D. The verse is from Hesiod Works and Days 336.

τὴν ἄλλην δίαιταν: “our other relations in life.” τὴν κὰδ δύναμιν δ᾽ ἔρδειν: the admonition (παραίνεσιν) to act according to our powers. Cf. τὸ γνῶθι σαυτόν iv. 2. 24.

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