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Headword: *zw=men ga\r ou)x w(s qe/lomen, a)ll' w(s duna/meqa
Adler number: zeta,133
Translated headword: for we live not as we wish but as we can
Vetting Status: high
[sc. A proverbial saying] in reference to those who live not according to their choice. Plato used it in Hippias[1].
Greek Original:
*zw=men ga\r ou)x w(s qe/lomen, a)ll' w(s duna/meqa: e)pi\ tw=n mh\ kata\ proai/resin zw/ntwn. ke/xrhtai *pla/twn e)n *(ippi/a|.
[1] Plato, Hippias Major 301C (web address 1). Plato expresses the proverb as follows: "Hippias, this is how human affairs stand: it's not what one wants, but what one is able to do, as people so often say, speaking proverbially." The proverb is also preserved by the paroemiographers (e.g. Zenobius 4.16); and see generally Tosi (cited under alpha 378) no.1544.
Associated internet address:
Web address 1
Keywords: daily life; ethics; philosophy; proverbs
Translated by: A. G. Kozak on 11 October 1999@16:10:00.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (supplied headword; added keyword; cosmetics) on 27 March 2001@05:11:17.
Catharine Roth (cosmetics) on 16 October 2002@17:44:21.
David Whitehead on 17 August 2012@04:45:02.
David Whitehead on 30 November 2012@06:55:16.
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