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‘Also they are given to despondency, in consequence of their (unfavourable) experience (of life and its fortunes);—for most things that happen are bad (full of defects)—at all events the results are mostly disappointing (things mostly turn out for the worse);—and besides this, owing to their cowardice.’ Aesch. c. Timarch. § 24, οὐκ ἠγνόει νομοθέτης ὅτι οἱ πρεσβύτεροι τῷ μὲν εὖ φρονεῖν ἀκμάζουσιν, δὲ τόλμα ἤδη αὐτοὺς ἄρχεται ἐπιλείπειν διὰ τὴν ἐμπειρίαν τῶν πραγμάτων.

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