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Headword: *to\ paro\n eu)= poiei=n
Adler number: tau,778
Translated headword: do the best with the present
Vetting Status: high
A proverb. Plato in Gorgias: "and, as it seems, I must obey the old saying, do the best with the present".[1] [sc. For something similar see] Cratinus in Pylaia: "wise men should manage the matter in hand as best they can".[2]
Greek Original:
*to\ paro\n eu)= poiei=n: paroimi/a. *pla/twn *gorgi/a|: kai\ w(s e)/oiken a)na/gkh moi kata\ to\n palaio\n lo/gon, to\ paro\n eu)= poiei=n. *krati=nos *pulai/a|: a)/ndras sofou\s xrh\ to\ paro\n pra=gma kalw=s ei)s du/namin ti/qesqai.
Same entry in Photius. See also tau 779.
[1] Plato, Gorgias 499C (web address 1).
[2] Cratinus fr. 172 Kock (184 K.-A.).
Associated internet address:
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Keywords: comedy; daily life; philosophy; proverbs
Translated by: David Whitehead on 23 April 2003@04:34:09.
Vetted by:
Catharine Roth (added link, set status) on 1 November 2004@00:13:25.
David Whitehead (supplied missing Cratinus title) on 1 November 2004@03:21:05.
David Whitehead (tweaks) on 14 August 2011@10:11:40.
David Whitehead on 14 January 2014@07:04:52.


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