Phocylides


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Phocylides

(fəsĭl`ĭdēz), fl. 6th cent. B.C., Greek poet, b. Miletus. His gnomic (aphoristic) verses exist in fragments.
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It is men of this station also who will be best assured of safety and protection; for they will neither covet what belongs to others, as the poor do; nor will others covet what is theirs, as the poor do what belongs to the rich; and thus, without plotting against any one, or having any one plot against them, they will live free from danger: for which reason Phocylides wisely wishes for the middle state, as being most productive of happiness.
Then you never heard of the saying of Phocylides, that as soon as a man has a livelihood he should practise virtue?