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‘And they live by (their) memory rather than by hope’ (comp. c. 12. 8, and the note there, on ζῶσιν ἐλπίδι), ‘for what remains to them of their life is short, but that which is past long; and hope is of the future, but memory of the past. Which is also the reason of their garrulity (habit of chattering or prattling1); for they are continually talking about what has happened, their delight being in recollection’. The aged Cephalus says of himself, Plat. Rep. I 328 D, εὖ ἴσθι ὅτι ἔμοιγε ὅσον αἱ ἄλλαι αἱ κατὰ τὸ σῶμα ἡδοναὶ ἀπομαραίνονται, τοσοῦτον αὔξονται αἱ περὶ τοὺς λόγους ἐπιθυμίαι τε καὶ ἡδοναί (Gaisford). “With seats beneath the shade For talking age and whispering lovers made.” Goldsmith, Deserted Village.
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