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[32] And since that which is harder to obtain and scarcer is greater,
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!”

1 Simonides, Frag. 163 (P.L.G. 3.).

2 Or, the yoke to which the basket, like our milk-pails long ago, was attached.

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