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it follows that special occasions, ages, places, times, and powers, produce great effects; for if a man does things beyond his powers, beyond his age, and beyond what his equals could do, if they are done in such a manner, in such a place, and at such a time, they will possess importance in actions that are noble, good, or just, or the opposite. Hence the epigram1 on the Olympian victor: “ Formerly, with a rough basket2 on my shoulders, I used to carry fish from Argos to Tegea.
” And Iphicrates lauded himself, saying, “Look what I started from!”
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