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Headword: *mikro\n kako/n, me/ga a)gaqo/n
Adler number: mu,1049
Translated headword: a small evil (but) a great good
Vetting Status: high
[sc. A proverbial saying said] because sometimes a small evil is the cause of great goods, and vice versa.
Greek Original:
*mikro\n kako/n, me/ga a)gaqo/n: e)ni/ote ga\r to\ mikro\n kako\n mega/lwn ai)/tion gi/netai a)gaqw=n, w(/sper kai\ to\ a)na/palin.
cf. Diogenianus 6.62, more flowerily: polla/kis mikro\s po/nos kai\ kako/n ti dokou=n mega/lwn gi/netai pro/cenon kalw=n. ('often a small problem and something that seems evil becomes the ambassador of great goods').
Keywords: daily life; ethics; proverbs
Translated by: David Whitehead on 12 December 2002@07:47:37.
Vetted by:
William Hutton (augmented note, set status) on 17 October 2003@14:12:52.
David Whitehead (cosmetics) on 12 July 2004@03:49:49.
David Whitehead (another keyword) on 2 January 2006@11:30:50.
David Whitehead on 22 May 2013@09:11:41.


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