Do you know the ode, or shall I recite the whole?To this I replied: There is no need, for I know it it happens that I have especially studied that ode.I am glad to hear it, he said. Now do you regard it as finely and correctly composed or not?Very finely and correctly, I replied.And do you regard it as finely composed, if the poet contradicts himself?No, I replied.Then observe it more closely, he said.
“For a man, indeed, to become good truly is hard,
In hands and feet and mind foursquare,
Fashioned without reproach.
”Simonides Fr. 37.1