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Headword: Εἰ μὴ δύναιο βοῦν, ἔλαυνε ὄνον
Adler number: epsiloniota,147
Translated headword: if you can't [drive] an ox drive a donkey
Vetting Status: high
A proverb in reference to those advising [people] to act in accordance with the resources they have.
Greek Original:
Εἰ μὴ δύναιο βοῦν, ἔλαυνε ὄνον: παροιμία ἐπὶ τῶν ὃ κατὰ δύναμιν ἔχουσι πράττειν παραινούντων.
Similarly in other lexica. Comica adespota fr. 543 Kock (but not in K.-A.); cf. Zenobius 3.54, and generally Tosi (cited under alpha 378) no.1548.
Keywords: comedy; daily life; economics; proverbs; zoology
Translated by: David Whitehead on 26 June 2005@07:52:50.
Vetted by:
Catharine Roth (cosmeticule, status) on 26 June 2005@12:04:33.
David Whitehead (tweaked tr) on 27 June 2005@02:38:40.
David Whitehead on 17 August 2012@04:46:24.
David Whitehead on 25 November 2012@08:29:09.
David Whitehead on 26 August 2013@08:04:25.
David Whitehead on 29 December 2014@06:19:38.
Catharine Roth (typo, coding) on 4 March 2016@00:16:51.


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