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Headword: Μικρὸν κακόν, μέγα ἀγαθόν
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:
Μικρὸν κακόν, μέγα ἀγαθόν: ἐνίοτε γὰρ τὸ μικρὸν κακὸν μεγάλων αἴτιον γίνεται ἀγαθῶν, ὥσπερ καὶ τὸ ἀνάπαλιν.
cf. Diogenianus 6.62, more flowerily: πολλάκις μικρὸς πόνος καὶ κακόν τι δοκοῦν μεγάλων γίνεται πρόξενον καλῶν . ('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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